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AAUP Threatens to Investigate Idaho State U.

The American Association of University Professors is threatening to investigate Idaho State University over the recent suspension of the institution’s Faculty Senate. The warning comes just days after the Idaho Board of Education suspended the senate at the recommendation of Arthur C. Vailas, Idaho State’s president, in whom the faculty had just voted no confidence. In a letter sent to Mr. Vailas on Tuesday, Gregory F. Scholtz, associate secretary of the AAUP, said the state board’s unilateral action “contravenes widely observed principles of shared governance.” The letter told Mr. Vailas that the AAUP’s general secretary intends to authorize a formal investigation of Idaho State “unless you can apprise us of truly extraordinary factors currently unknown to us that would justify the action taken.”

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