The following is typed word-for-word copy from a PDF letter of dismissalÂ from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to Professor Salaita. IÂ have excisedÂ some of the letterhead and the addresses at the bottom. Note, no reason is given for such a shattering letter for an academician to receive. Note, not one word of commiseration or affect appears. I wonder what ethical lapses could induce such a letterÂ without demonstrating adequate cause, without allowing due process, andÂ convening an adversarial hearing before one’s peers. This is simply a cold and calculated effort to purge, due to viewpoint discrimination, a professor for the purpose of stability and academic law and order on the UIUC campus.
As I have written elsewhere,Â I believe it is highly probative that the Board of Trustees meeting would not have occurred until AFTER Professor Salaita had assumed the full powers and duties of his appointment. It looks like UIUC knew this and took this action in a preemptive and indefensible manner.
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
377 Henry Administration Building
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, Il. 61801
August 1, 2014
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
Professor Steven Salaita
via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A BLACK BOX OF REDACTED MATERIAL APPEARS HERE: PNK
Dept. of English MC 0112
180 Turner Street, NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Dear Professor Salaita,
As you are aware, on October 3, 2013, Brian H, Ross, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, wrote to you to inform you that Professor Jodi Byrd, Acting Director of American Indian Studies, had recommended you for a position on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As Dean Ross’ letter later stated: “The recommendation for appointments is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.”
We write to inform you that your appointment will not be recommended for submission to the Board of Trustees in September, and we believe that an affirmative Board vote approving your appointment is unlikely. We therefore will not be in a position to appoint you to the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We write to you today so that you would be aware of this fact and would be able to act accordingly.
Thank you for your interest in and consideration of the University of Illinois.
Christophe PierreÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Phyllis M. Wise
Vice President for Academic Affairs Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Chancellor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (this appears under “Chancellor” in the letter of termination.)