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UNI policy that requires extra teaching put on hold

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Administrators at the University of Northern Iowa have agreed to put a policy on hold that requires faculty to teach an extra course if they don't complete enough research each semester.

UNI President Bill Ruud recently agreed to put a moratorium on the so-called "active scholar requirement" as the issue is discussed with the faculty union, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports.

Some faculty and students say the policy is punitive and limits academic freedom on campus.

The Northern Iowa Student Government unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday against the requirement.

Provost Gloria Gibson says the requirement was an effort to make sure faculty are treated equally in terms of workload.

The policy was detailed in a June 2011 memo to college deans. It has been revised since then.

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