Academic group votes to censure University of Illinois

By David Mercer, Associated Press
June 16th, 2015

A tweet led to a voice vote to censure the university after it rescinded a professor’s job offer.

illinois-censureA leading academic group voted Saturday to censure the University of Illinois’ flagship campus over its decision not to hire a professor following his anti-Israel Twitter messages, a vote the university’s chancellor said will have repercussions and is being taken seriously.

In a voice vote, the membership of the American Association of University Professors affirmed the censure at the group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The decision came in reaction to the university rescinding Steven Salaita’s job offer following his posts on Twitter concerning Israel and the West Bank.

(Next page: What influenced the vote)

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