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UPDATE: University of Iowa faculty senate responds to sanction

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Delegates to the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voted to add the University of Iowa to its list of institutions sanctioned for violating AAUP-supported standards of academic government.

Sanction by the AAUP informs the academic community of infringements of generally accepted governance standards after investigations reveal serious departures by the administration and/or governing board from those standards.

Delegates made the vote Saturday during their meeting in Washington, D.C.

This comes nearly nine months after President Bruce Harreld was hired by the Iowa Board of Regents, even though several University of Iowa professors suggested other candidates to lead the school.

According to University of Iowa Associate Professor and MHA Program Director, Dr. Thomas Vaughn, "The Faculty Senate is disappointed that the AAUP has chosen to sanction the University of Iowa for the Board of Regents’ conduct of the presidential search process. A sanction against the University is both unfair and wholly unjustified. The AAUP’s own report did not contain a single factual finding showing any wrongdoing by anyone at the University. In fact, the University itself has an exemplary record of shared governance, and this tradition has continued over the past several months under President Harreld.” 

The Iowa Board of Regents recently agreed to begin the process of looking for a president to fill Bill Ruud's position at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

Whether the presidential search for UNI will draw similar contention has yet to be said, because board members say they have only agreed to approve the process.

Please stay tuned to KWWL as this story develops.

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