Friday, February 17, 2012

Faculty Group Sues President, Alleging Blocked Emails

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

There's more bad blood between a group of faculty members at Idaho State University and ISU President Arthur Vailas. The group of teachers, calling themselves the Idaho State University Faculty Association for the Preservation of the First Amendment, filed suit Tuesday, alleging that Vailas violated their First Amendment rights.

The suit is the latest in a series of disputes between ISU faculty and the university's administration. In February 2011, when ISU's Faculty Senate slapped Vailas with a "no confidence" vote, The Idaho State Board of Education suspended the university's Faculty Senate on Feb. 16, 2011. Vailas then refused to recognize the activities of the Provisional Faculty Senate, which returned most of the former senators to the new body.

Now, the faculty group is accusing Vailas of blocking them from sending the entire faculty emails. According to the group, ISU administration began blocking emails in November. At Thursday's State Board of Education meeting, school officials denied the claim, saying only that the university limited access to a faculty Listserv.

The faculty group asked the state board to issue a request, in writing, to Vailas that "he talk with us so we can move forward."

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