LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico State University professor who publicly opposed campus vaccine and mask mandates will no longer be teaching there.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported David Clements, a business college professor, posted on his social media account on the Telegram platform that he had been “terminated.”

The university confirmed Monday Clements was “no longer employed by NMSU.”

The professor, who was on track for tenure, had been suspended since August over public declarations he would not abide by any COVID-19 vaccine or mask mandate. He also said the would urge others to do the same.

During a meeting among administrators last week, Provost Carol Parker recommended Clements be fired for endangering the public's safety and disrupting a learning environment. Parker said his refusal was essentially a breach of contract.

Clements  said masking and vaccine policies were illegal. He also disputed scientific opinion on the benefits of the vaccine and wearing masks.

The former New Mexico deputy district attorney's advocacy had drawn complaints from students.

While suspended, Clements also stirred controversy traveling to advocate for audits of the 2020 presidential election.

An online fundraiser for him has raised more than $280,000 so far.

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(17) comments

Sigmund Silber

He made at least $280.000 on the deal so I guess there are many more stupid than he is.

Khal Spencer

I suppose he could sue, but I have a feeling he will lose. As David said, so far the legal precedent is against him. I don't think there is a faculty union. Not sure what kind of contract he signed. Plus, sounds like he is not tenured, since typically saying someone is "tenure track" means they didn't get the gold ring yet.

Lousy hill to make your stand on. Vaccinations are old news. Faculty lines are pretty good gigs. Then again, anyone running around the country advocating for these so-called election audits is probably a few cards short of a full deck.

I'll be sure to break out the Kleenex box for this guy. After I get a snack from the refrigerator and sort the sock drawer.

Sabine Strohem

His employer made a policy. He didn’t abide. Simple.

Khal Spencer

Faculty generally sign a contract. Its not so simple, depending on the terms of employment. My hunch is he is S O L but we shall see.

Mike Johnson

Payback is coming for the leaders........and there is a good case to remove them, trust me....

Khal Spencer

Heh. Corruption in higher education in New Mexico? I'm shocked, shocked!

Still, as far as this gentleman's predicament is concerned, I'd be surprised if he wins his case should he sue but hey, he is entitled to his day in court and if he wins, that's a win for any employee who thinks shots or vaccinations are too invasive to be a condition of employment.

I haven't heard anything about the folks who were challenging the LANL shot requirement. Has anyone else?

Chris Mechels

This is not over. Notice that he was a Deputy District Attorney?? Very likely this leads to a lawsuit, which I would bet he anticipated, and I would bet he may well win.

Lot of our tax dollars will be spent on this one before its over.

The VAX mafia seems to forget that you can't impose your will on those who disagree. Our Governor also forgot that...

David Gunter

Chris once again uses lots of words to display his ignorance of the facts. Vaccine mandates by state institutions are not illegal, not according to two separate SCOTUS decisions.

The ruling in each case made it clear that mandates are legal and enforceable. You're right to choose whether or not to be vaccinated does not trump the public at large's right to live healthily.

LeRoy Sanchez

Our governor is well-informed, intelligent and respects science. Can’t wait to re-elect her in 2022!

Mike Johnson

Knowing the sorry leadership at NMSU, they will no doubt settle with him to make him go away. He gets more money, they save face and a nasty trial where things they don't want to see in public get aired.

Charlotte Rowe

Why would a business college professor deign to imagine himself qualified to question the science behind pandemic mitigation strategies? If he were as smart as he thinks he is, he would know he lacks the subject matter expertise to make such silly assessments. NMSU is better off without him.

Khal Spencer

He probably has a Ph.D. in Pandemic Mitigation from Fox News University.

LeRoy Sanchez


Emily Hartigan

He has $280,000 .... is a fraudit needed? ... for a sham project. This guy won't starve.

Patrick Brockwell

I bet he's on a ballot soon. Mark Wronchetti better watch out.

Robert Fields

Good. And good riddance. And good on NMSU.

LeRoy Sanchez


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