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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Academic group plans U of Illinois censure vote

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Academic group plans U of Illinois censure vote

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Members of the American Association of University Professors are expected to decide Saturday whether to censure the University of Illinois’ flagship campus over its decision not to hire a professor following his anti-Israel Twitter messages. The vote is expected as members of the academic group hold their annual meeting in Washington, […]

Academic group plans U of Illinois censure vote

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Members of the American Association of University Professors are expected to decide Saturday whether to censure the University of Illinois’ flagship campus over its decision not to hire a professor following his anti-Israel Twitter messages.

The vote is expected as members of the academic group hold their annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

An AAUP committee has recommended that the Urbana-Champaign campus be censured over its decision not to hire Steven Salaita.
The university rescinded Salaita’s job offer over the profane tweets after some donors complained they were anti-Semitic.
He believes the university infringed on his free-speech rights and academic freedom. He has since sued the school.

An AAUP censure is a relatively rare condemnation that can damage a university’s reputation.

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