The local public radio station reported that Indiana spokesman Chuck Carney said I had been “placed on administrative leave without pay”. That is false. I asked them to correct it, and they just changed it to “placed on leave without pay”. In truth, on August 13, 2019 I applied, voluntarily, long before any Twitter controversy, for “academic leave–without pay” for the 2020-2021 academic year, applying a year in advance as is the polite thing to do so your chairman can find a replacement teacher for the year you’re gone. I wanted to focus on my writing this year.
I explain this in great detail at http://www.rasmusen.org/special/academic-leave-news.pdf, with links to Indiana defamation law. Something this small is hardly worth the fees one would have to pay a lawyer to sue, but it does seem a pretty clear case of defamation. The story is a good one for seeing how universities behave and the contrasting degrees of skepticism different media outlets have for claims by government officials.