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Oscar Shaftel's Termination letter

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Oscar Shaftel's Termination letter

Description

Letter stating Oscar Shaftel's termination of his tenured teaching position under Section 903 of the New York City Charter.

Subject

Queens College (New York, NY)
McCarthyism--1950-1960

Creator

Theobald, John J.

Source

OscarShaftelCollection.Box1.Folder15

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1953-02-18

Date Created

2013-6-11

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Image
JPEG

Extent

140873 bytes

Language

English

Type

Text

Coverage

Queens (New York, NY)

Text

Queens College
Flushing N.Y.
Office of the President
February 8, 1953
Dr. Oscar H. Shaftel
Department of English
Dear Dr. Shaftel:
You are, of course , aware of the provisions of Section 903 of the New York City Charter which operates automatically to remove an employee who, on grounds of possible self-incrimination, refuses to answer a question addressed to him by a duly authorized legislative committee regarding his official conduct. The applicability of this section to the colleges in the present circumstances has recently been upheld in three instances by the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
I have examined a certified transcript of your testimony before the Internal Securities Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate on February 10, 1953 in Washington, D C. In the light of your refusal to answer certain of the Committee's questions on the grounds of possible self-incrimination, it is therefore my duty to advise you that you are suspended without pay effective at the close of business February 18, 1953 and that I am placing the matter before the Board of Higher Education
Very truly yours,
John J. Theobald
President

Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (215.9 x 279.4 mm)
Paper
Correspondence

Citation

Theobald, John J., “Oscar Shaftel's Termination letter,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 23, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/199.

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