U. of Illinois trustees says Salaita decision is final

CHICAGO (AP) — University of Illinois trustees say they will not reconsider a September decision to rescind a job offer to a professor over his profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages. The trustees issued a statement Thursday that said the decision was final. A committee of university faculty had recommended that the school reconsider hiring Steven Salaita. Salaita was offered a job teaching Native American Studies at the Urbana-Champaign campus starting last August but the offer was rescinded after he wrote the Twitter messages. Some university donors complained they were anti-Semitic. Salaita left a position at Virginia Tech University to come to Illinois but his hiring hadn’t yet been approved by the trustees. Salaita remains unemployed has threatened to sue the university over the job. He has filed a lawsuit seeking documents in his case.