---posted by Tim Adams at BG DailyNews--
Once I heard of WKU’s stated policies towards free speech and privacy, I contacted President Ransdell on March 4th asking that he remove my academic work from WKU’s website and library:
Please discontinue offering my work through your WKU Library system. I find your institution's conduct reprehensible and want no affiliation with criminals like yourself. If you wish to promote your cesspit, please do so without misleading folks in the idea that I or anyone else of moral character supports it.
I initially received the following reply via email:
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Undeterred by this strange event, I sent a follow-up message to President Ransdell, again requesting my work be removed and why:
RE: WKU speech policy and publication of academic works
Adams, Timothy, L
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 2:09 PM
To: Ransdell, Gary ‎[gary.ransdell@wku. edu]‎
Considering WKU's current policies I must request that WKU remove my thesis from your library offerings available on the Web. Having been the consistently most-requested and published academic work in WKU's history, I cannot allow WKU to publish a work that promotes free speech and public inquiry when the school's policies are exactly opposed to these ideals.
Potential students and supporters will be left with the belief that WKU endorses the positions taken in my work in regards to the exercise of civil rights, when in fact you do not.
As for threatening faculty and students, well, why would I have ever paid your school if my employment would be sabotaged by your administrative employees for saying something your people disagree with?
WKU should not be allowed to promote the idea that I support your administration, and by promoting my work, WKU gives out the false perception that your administration supports free speech and public impeachment of wrongdoing. You do not.
While this message was actually accepted, I have to date received no reply, and so I have brought what should have been a private matter on conscience into the public forum.
I have a question to ask of our community, how long will the failings of WKU’s current administration go without a meaningful response by the people of Kentucky? How long will the abuse of workers and faculty, and now of students and their paying families continue without a meaningful response?
How long before those authorities, who are supposed to keep tabs on our university’s leadership at the state and federal levels, going to turn a blind eye to the actions and events that continue to occur on the WKU campus season after season?
When will Kentucky families and taxpayers demand accountability for WKU?