An educator's lawsuit against the University of Illinois for rescinding a job offer seeks damages from donors he claims influenced the institution's decision not to hire him, The Chronicle of Higher Education writes. Several unidentified donors are included as defendants in Steven G. Salaita's suit, filed Thursday in federal court.
The university's Urbana-Champaign campus withdrew an offer of a tenured professorship to Mr. Salaita in September after controversy erupted over his harsh public criticisms of Israel. He alleges that donors "communicated with university officials" and threatened to "withhold financial contributions" if he was hired.
A faculty committee that reviewed the case said in a report last month that it found no evidence donors influenced campus Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise's decision to revoke the offer. In a written statement, the university said Mr. Salaita had demonstrated he "lacked the professional fitness" to join its faculty.