This post on the Chronicle’s site basically speaks for itself: a text, written by the dept chair, was used for 25 years and had “never been questioned“. When a faculty member tried to do otherwise, he was disciplined.
All I can say is:
good grief. Update: via Adam Glessner, there appears to be much more to this story than the Chronicle reports. His point about not letting facts get in the way of a good story is well taken. At any rate, if you click through to read the Chronicle article, you should also be sure to read Adam’s comments below. Adam, thanks for sharing this.