June 13th, 2015
A leading academic group voted on 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 would have repercussions.
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.
The vote hinged on the principle of academic freedom, said Anita
Levy, an association staff member involved with the group’s
investigation of the matter. A report by the group described Salaita’s
tweets as expressions of “outrage in strong language over the war in