A religious science graduate student in the United States is among those whose faith has been questioned by a professor at her college, the university confirmed Wednesday.
The professor, who has since left the university, was a former student of mine who taught my classes, according to Dr. Karen Schmitz, who teaches at DuPage State University.
We have a strong relationship with him, but we have had some challenges over the years, she told The Washington Post.
A Muslim student who was in a class with him said he told her he had “no religious faith.”
A third student, who said she was not aware of his religious faith, told her that he had a “bizarre belief system.”
They have both been told that he can’t speak to her, she said.
It is unfortunate and disturbing that there are people out there who believe that what they have to say is not worth sharing, she added.
I don’t think it’s appropriate for the university to tell someone what they can or cannot say.
The university issued a statement to the newspaper: “Dr. Schmitos religious faith has not been questioned.
He has been an advocate for students and scholars, and DuPage has a strong academic tradition of religious freedom.
DuPage State has a robust relationship with Dr. Schmidos, who also is a faculty member at the university’s religious science program.
We have had our share of disagreements, and this has never been an issue.”
The university’s statement added: “He is not a professor of religious science and is not on faculty.
The university takes seriously its obligation to protect students’ privacy and confidentiality.”
Schmitz said she has been informed by the university that the professor has left.
“I have been told he has not gone anywhere.
He is not allowed to speak with students,” she said Wednesday.
Schmitos, a retired professor of biology at Indiana University, said in an email that he is no longer a professor.
“The university did not say where he would be teaching in the future,” he said.
Schmidos’ tenure at the Indiana University Bloomington campus ended in 2015.
He retired in 2015, after working at the University of Arizona as a professor emeritus.
He was the associate dean for academic affairs and dean of the College of Engineering from 1999 to 2007.
He held other positions at the college from 2005 to 2008.
“I was honored to have worked in the faculty of my alma mater,” Schmitus said.
“There are people who have worked very hard and made great contributions to the university.”
Dr. Karen Shmitz says the professor she teaches at the DuPage school is not affiliated with her religious faith.
(Courtesy of Karen Schmetz)Schmitzes academic reputation is at risk at DuPew, he said, noting that his professor’s work in recent years has been criticized by others.
“This was something that happened a long time ago,” he added.
“It is really a very troubling time in the history of DuPage.”
Schmidzes teaching in Indiana, where he was also a professor in the past, was discontinued in 2018, according, Schmitzes.
The professor has also been a professor elsewhere.
Schmits religious faith is unclear, according a source with knowledge of the situation.
He said the professor is not Muslim.
The source said he is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Shmitz was not available for comment Wednesday.