The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 18th, 2014
Steven G. Salaita, the scholar who saw the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign revoke his job offer
after he made harsh criticisms of Israel on social media, has filed a
lawsuit accusing the university of violating the state’s open-records
law, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Mr. Salaita became the public face of a debate about academic freedom
after the university rescinded an offer of a tenured professorship in
its program in American Indian studies. Many scholars criticized the
university’s handling of his case, and Mr. Salaita vowed to wage a legal
fight if he was not reinstated.
Mr. Salaita’s complaint seeks to force the university to turn over
emails related to his aborted job offer, asserting that the university
had responded improperly to a request made under the state’s