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Professor settles with Lutheran university after suspension for ‘woke dysphoria’ criticism

‘My prayer is that they would, even at this late hour, show the moral integrity and religious fortitude required of any institution worthy of the names Lutheran and university’

A professor suspended two years ago after criticizing “woke dysphoria” has reached a settlement with Concordia University Wisconsin.

“My Concordia university is experiencing dysphoria because it is coming under the influence of Woke-ism (that is, a potent cocktail of Progressivism, Neo-Pragmatism, and Marxism),” Professor Gregory Schulz wrote two years ago, in a piece called “Woke Dysphoria at Concordia.”

This appears to be what led to Schulz’s suspension, as previously reported by The College Fix.

“CUW administrators violated the university’s policies by suspending Dr. Schulz without a vote of the Board of Regents, expelling him from campus, and demanding that he ‘recant’ his beliefs,” a news release from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty stated. The legal group represented Schulz (pictured).

Schulz maintains his concerns about the directions of the Lutheran university in Mequon, Wisconsin.

He stated in a news release:

It is my hope that Concordia’s senior administrators, regents, and church body supervisors will heed the moral and legal warnings of my WILL attorney published in the opening pages of my most recent book, Anatomy of an Implosion, and the warnings they have received from national groups such as FIRE and AFA. My prayer is that they would, even at this late hour, show the moral integrity and religious fortitude required of any institution worthy of the names Lutheran and university (1) by embracing academic freedom for CUW’s dwindling faculty at its Ann Arbor and Mequon campuses; (2) by honoring professors’ contracts; and (3) by unequivocally rejecting and condemning in their words and deeds all woke Marxist/DEI/racial and social justice programs and aspirations in our schools and universities.

His attorney said Schulz is part of the resistance to “diversity, equity, and inclusion” on campus.

“Throughout America, from Harvard to the University of Wisconsin, higher-education officials are now abandoning DEI and other race-based discrimination,” Deputy Counsel Daniel Lennington stated.

“It is due in no small part to people like Dr. Schulz who are brave enough to stand up to this corrupt system,” Lennington stated. “I am heartened by this settlement and the change in direction by CUW. We are proud of our work defending Dr. Schulz’s rights and wish him the absolute best in his future work.”

WILL did not provide details of the settlement.

Schulz, subsequent to the suspension, wrote a book about the “woke virus” in higher education and taught in Kenya, WILL stated.

There were reportedly plans in the work for Schulz to return to teaching last year, contingent on “academic freedom” guarantees, as reported by The Federalist.

“A necessary ingredient would be a genuinely secure guarantee of academic freedom,” Schultz told The Federalist. He also wanted the university to publicly reject DEI and “anti-racism.”

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IMAGE: Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.