Tennessee State University Drops Charges Against Leader of Its Faculty Senate

davisLast August, Jane Davis, associate professor of literature and chair of the faculty senate at Tennessee State University in Nashville, was arrested by campus police. She was taken into custody in handcuffs for disorderly conduct during a meeting between members of the faculty senate and the university administration. The controversy began when Dr. Davis alleged that some students’ grades had been illegally changed.

At the time of Dr. Davis’ arrest, the university issued a statement which read, “Dr. Jane Davis, faculty member and chairperson of the Faculty Senate, was arrested by campus police for disruptive behavior and verbally assaulting the President after continually being advised to remain calm. After several attempts were made by the President to calm Dr. Davis, she was asked to leave the room, which she refused to do, and continued being disruptive and confrontational.”

Now all charges against Dr. Davis have been dropped.

Dr. Davis is a highly respected scholar of African American literature with a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the author of The White Image in the Black Mind: A Study of African American Literature (Praeger, 2000).

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