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Tenured Prof Fired At U Of I

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:07:20 CST
By: AP

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has dismissed an engineering professor who had a 50-year career at the state's flagship school. Administrators say it's the first time a tenure decision went to the board. Louis Wozniak was charged with offenses including harassing a student, improperly obtaining and publishing grades and sending an email to students that included a sexual reference. He apologized for that email the next day. Wozniak was suspended with pay from his $85,000-a-year job in 2010 after the email. A faculty review committee had found Wozniak was in error in just one area and said his three-year suspension was penalty enough. The report from President Robert Easter to the board pointed out that the faculty Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure had said if Wozniak did not comply with its recommendations, basically, that he should move on from personal disappointment and focus on students, that it would be cause for dismissal. Officials claimed they found more than 100 instances of Wozniak disseminating confidential information about students involved with the award. Wozniak will receive a pension, and U of I spokesman Thomas Hardy said the school would work on a ``transition'' with Wozniak.

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