Location: Pocatello, Idaho
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
Idaho State University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
March 2, 2011
Following a series of disputes over academic freedom and shared governance between the ISU faculty and senior administration, ISU President Arthur C. Vailas and the Idaho State Board of Education ordered the suspension of ISU’s Faculty Senate. A provisional senate was elected by the faculty, which returned most of the former senators to the new body, but ISU has refused to recognize its activities. FIRE and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have raised serious concern over the implications of the unilateral dissolution of ISU’s representative faculty body, and the AAUP opened a formal investigation into ISU’s suspension of the Faculty […]» Read More
Sexual and Gender Based Discrimination, Harassment and other Sexual Misconduct: Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination 13-14Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to:
Requests for sexual favors
Verbal, nonverbal or physical unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature
These actions are considered sexual harassment when such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, is considered to be limiting the individual's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the university. Acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility if based on gender or gender-stereotyping may be considered sexual harassment, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.
limited to the following: ... Verbal abuse
If a reasonable person would find the conduct sever[e]ly hostile or pervasive, and the conduct otherwise meets legal standards, examples might include:
* Verbal sexual innuendoes, sometimes in the guise of humor.
* Subtle pressure for sexual activity.
* Remarks about a person's body, clothing or sexual activities.
* Unnecessary or unwelcome touching, staring, phone calls or letters.
* A demand for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning one's class grade, assistantship, recommendation letter, job or promotion.
unwelcome, sexual-based verbal and physical conduct that is sufficiently severe,
persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with,
denying or limiting someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the
University’s educational program and/or activities. This effect can be based on
power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, retaliation,
or other similar factors.
May 7, 2012
This week saw another ridiculously petty installment in the drama over the rights of faculty members at Idaho State University, where President/Emperor Arthur Vailas and Provost/Grand Vizier Barbara Adamcik have been waging a war against the Faculty Senate for more than a year. Beginning with Vailas’ suspension of the Faculty Senate in the wake of a vote of no confidence in Vailas and the previous provost, the administration of Idaho State has been spending its time attempting to hamstring its critics in increasingly ridiculous ways, most recently by denying the faculty senate-in-exile access to its usual university email listserv to […]» Read More
February 16, 2012
On Tuesday, a group of faculty members at Idaho State University (ISU) filed a federal lawsuit against their institution and ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, alleging violations of their First Amendment rights. The group, called the Idaho State University Faculty Association for the Preservation of the First Amendment, alleges that the university blocked ISU’s Provisional Faculty Senate from sending emails to the entire faculty at ISU, thereby preventing the Provisional Faculty Senate from effectively communicating with its constituents regarding the important matter of a new faculty constitution. The group’s federal complaint further alleges that as a result of this tactic, ISU was […]» Read More
June 13, 2011
In a letter in March, FIRE raised serious concern about the February decision by Idaho State University (ISU) President Arthur C. Vailas and the Idaho State Board of Education to suspend ISU’s Faculty Senate just one week after it recorded a vote of no confidence in Vailas. The administration had cited a “stalemate” with the faculty. Indeed, the suspension followed longstanding tension between the Faculty Senate and Vailas’ administration, evidenced in disputes over the termination of a faculty member who criticized the university, a vote of no confidence in ISU Provost Gary Olson, and the expression of many other serious concerns about Vailas’ leadership (PDF) and proposed reorganization of the […]» Read More
June 6, 2011
We’ve written in recent months about Idaho State University (ISU), where faculty-administration relations have been at an impasse since around the time when the ISU Faculty Senate was suspended by the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE). FIRE asked ISU President Arthur Vailas to defend the university’s treatment of its representative faculty body, traditionally an important part of shared governance at ISU. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP), not surprisingly, has pressed hard for the faculty at Idaho State as well. Vailas’ responses have not persuaded the AAUP that all is well—quite the opposite. The AAUP recently issued a […]» Read More
March 11, 2011
Torch readers will remember that Adam delivered a speech at Vanderbilt University on February 23rd about Vanderbilt’s restrictive policies and free speech violations at other institutions. Trevor Williams of The Vanderbilt Torch (no relation) was the most recent author to write about Adam’s critique of Vanderbilt’s sexual harassment policy, community creed, and other speech-restrictive policies. Out west, the Idaho State Board of Education voted to suspend the Idaho State University (ISU) Faculty Senate on February 17, just one week after the Faculty Senate recorded a vote of no confidence in ISU President Arthur C. Vailas. A recent post in The […]» Read More
March 3, 2011
In a letter yesterday, FIRE called upon Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas to explain the Idaho State Board of Education’s recent decision to suspend Idaho State’s Faculty Senate. The suspension was levied on February 17, just one week after the Faculty Senate recorded a vote of no confidence in Vailas. As The Chronicle of Higher Education reported: In an apparently unprecedented step, the Idaho State Board of Education voted on Thursday to suspend the Faculty Senate of Idaho State University and instructed the university’s president to put in place an interim faculty advisory structure. In a statement released after […]» Read More
February 18, 2011
Within days of a faculty vote of “no confidence” in Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas, the Idaho Board of Education has voted to dissolve the university’s faculty senate, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) and others are reporting. This drastic action follows several months of increasingly sour relations between Vailas and the ISU faculty; as the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote recently, this was due at least in part to Valias’ perceived treatment of dissidents in ISU’s academic ranks, including the firing of tenured Professor Habib Sadid, who had frequently made remarks critical of the university. The Spokesman-Review writes: Board President Richard Westerberg said, “The impasse between […]» Read More
October 29, 2009
Idaho State University appears to have joined the emerging trend of firing professors who criticize university policies. In August, Habib Sadid, an award-winning engineering professor, was charged with “being personally abusive and disruptive.” Sadid was suspended and barred from campus. According to the Idaho State Journal, ISU President Arthur Vailas placed Sadid on paid leave and will make a final determination about Sadid’s employment. Last week, a 4-1 majority of a faculty appeal board found that there was insufficient evidence to terminate Sadid’s employment. Sadid, who is tenured, can be fired for only professional incompetence, a felony conviction, or moral turpitude. […]» Read More