The Center for Constitutional Rights has issued this “media advisory” concerning tomorrow’s lawsuit over open-records claims under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The issue of donor influence on the Steven Salaita summary dismissal case is a key aspect of this struggle for academic freedom and academic due process. The battle for open records, under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Professor Steven Salaita, is to determine the extent of external-party influence that may have played a role in the evisceration of shared governance and faculty-status procedures when his contract was voided last August. “John Doe” donors are currently defendants in another Salaita lawsuit:
Lawsuit Over UIUC Denial of Salaita Records in Court Friday
Urbana-Champaign – On Friday, February 13, Professor Steven Salaita’s attorneys will ask a state court to deny the University of Illinois’s efforts to dismiss the lawsuit he brought under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Salaita’s FOIA suit seeks the release of the emails of 15 university officials, including correspondence with donors, surrounding his termination from a tenured faculty position last year over personal tweets about Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. The university initially denied the request as “unduly burdensome,” prompting the FOIA lawsuit. Anand Swaminathan of Loevy & Loevy will be arguing against the university’s attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed and to strike portions of the complaint.
For more information on this FOIA litigation and the civil rights lawsuit Salaita v. Kennedy, et al., see the Center for Constitutional Rights page: http://www.ccrjustice.org/Salaita
Oral argument in FOIA lawsuit against the University of Illinois seeking records relating to the firing of Professor Salaita
Friday, February 13, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Courtroom of the Hon. Thomas J. Difanis
Champaign County Courthouse
101 East Main Street
Nota bene: This F.O.I.A. case is separate from Salaita v. Kennedy, et al., the civil rights lawsuit filed against U.I.U.C. officials on January 29.