Bruininks says ‘Troubled Waters’ is an academic freedom issue

by Jessica Van Berkel

University President Bob Bruininks announced Tuesday that the delay of “Troubled Waters,” was an academic freedom issue.

Bruininks, who was traveling in Morocco when the decision to delay the film was made, released a statement saying that “As the facts surrounding the production of the film have become clearer, it was readily apparent to me that this is an issue of academic freedom; as a result, we immediately resolved to show it as planned.”

He restated his support for Vice President of University Relations Karen Himle, but said “The decision and rationale regarding whether or not to show the film as scheduled could have been handled differently and communicated more clearly.”

The situation will continue to be reviewed, and the administration and faculty have come to a consensus on a current course of action, he said.