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.

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