Tuesday, September 2, 2014

U. of Illinois Willing to Settle With Salaita

Inside Higher Ed
September 2nd, 2014

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is willing to make a financial settlement with Steven Salaita, the controversial scholar whose hiring was blocked last month by Chancellor Phyllis Wise amid debate over Salaita's anti-Israel comments. To date, Illinois has suggested that because the hiring never received required board approval, there was no firing. But in an interview Saturday with The Chicago Tribune, the board chair, Christopher Kennedy, said that the university was open to a financial settlement, but had been delayed because Salaita -- who has not commented -- changed lawyers. "Our intention isn't to hurt him financially," Kennedy told the Tribune. "We don't like to see that. We are not trying to hurt the guy. We just don't want him at the university."

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