San Jose State Professor Elizabeth Weiss Resigns
In October of 2021, San Jose State Professor Elizabeth Weiss posted a picture of herself posing with a skull and handling it without gloves. This post stirred outrage in the Native community and received heavy backlash, as well as a response from the Native American Heritage Commission deeming the post unacceptable. She had originally been locked out of the school’s collection of skeletal remains and filed a lawsuit, claiming the University retaliated against her; however, she lost her battle to regain access to the collection. Instead, she and the University have reached a settlement to have her voluntarily submit her resignation. She will retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.
The full story can be read at the following link: https://www.mercurynews.com/2023/06/26/controversial-san-jose-state-prof-who-posed-with-native-american-skull-to-resign-after-settlement-reached/