Steven Salaita and University of Illinois reach a settlement
The University of Illinois has approved a six-figure settlement for Steven Salaita to end two lawsuits he filed against the university for rescinding a tenured job offer due to his intemperate and offensive (some would even say anti-Semitic) tweets. According to the Chicago Tribune, Salaita is due to receive $600,000, and his attorneys will receive $275,000. In addition, the university has apparently spent well over $1 million on legal fees of its own. According to the Tribune report, the university's Board of Trustees voted 9 to 1 to approve the settlement, which does not require the university to admit any wrongdoing and ends Salaita's pursuit of a position at the university.
For those who'd like background on this controversy, here are my prior posts on the Salaita controversy:
- Tweeting without tenure
- More on tweeting without tenure
- Steven Salaita's legal claim—a dissenting view
- Did the University of Illinois rescind Steven Salaita's appointment to appease donors?
- University of Illinois trustees vote against Salaita appointment
- Salaita lawsuit against the University of Illinois will proceed