The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 30th, 2015
Steven G. Salaita’s widely anticipated lawsuit over the University of
Illinois’s decision to deny him a tenured professorship takes the
innovative step of also demanding damages from university donors who
pressured its leaders not to hire him.
Along with its expected targets—top campus and university-system
administrators, and nearly all of the system’s trustees—Mr. Salaita’s federal lawsuit
names as defendants several as-yet-unidentified donors who threatened
to withhold money from the university if it made good on its job offer
The donors, and many others, had opposed the university’s plans to
hire Mr. Salaita as a professor on its Urbana-Champaign campus because
they objected to his inflammatory criticisms of Israel and argued that
his statements were anti-Semitic. His lawsuit is in response to the
university’s September decision to rescind its job offer to him.