Education: N.Y.U.'s Answer

Called before a Senate subcommittee last fall, Edwin Berry Burgum, 59, associate professor of English at New York University, refused to answer questions about his alleged membership in the Communist Party. He was promptly suspended from his job (with full pay). Thereafter, N.Y.U. faculty members began their own investigation of his fitness to teach.

Called before the faculty committee, Professor Burgum declared that the evidence against him was irrelevant, denounced his accusers as professional witnesses. He also insisted that his colleagues had no business prying into his extracurricular activities. The committee disagreed. After 17 sessions and 984 pages of testimony, it made...

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