Marquette University spokesman Brian Dorrington stated that because the university's "definition of suspension is without pay," he was not suspended, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"[A] controversial offensive subject should be allowed by a TA to be discussed in class [and a] professor cannot be relieved of teaching duties for having a viewpoint contrary to the university's position on a moral issue," Dorrington
first focused on the dynamics of the relationship between faculty and student-instructors.
"We want to emphasize that all of our graduate student teaching assistants are students first," Dorrington
"As students, they are learning their craft and it is our expectation that they are mentored and supported by our faculty.
The university has clearly outlined rules of conduct, specifically as they relate to the faculty-student relationship."
The university spokesman then turned the issue into one of discrimination.
"The rules state that behaving in an overtly discourteous, abusive or disrespectful manner toward a student is considered a violation of accepted policy and practice," Dorrington stated, citing the Employment Handbook's General Conduct section.