Judge Protects Professors From Unhappy University

September 9, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

A federal judge has stepped in to protect two Illinois professors whose jobs were threatened because they criticized the administration on their blog.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education filed a suit against Chicago State University, contending the school was trying to shut down the CSU Faculty Voice.

The order prohibits Chicago State from taking any steps to punish professors Phillip Beverly and Robert Bionaz, who have alleged misconduct by the school’s top officials.

FIRE attorney Catherine Sevcenko says the judge ordered the school not to interfere with the blog in any way. She calls that order a victory “because it means the university administration cannot take any action against the two professors simply for expressing their views.”

The CSU Faculty Voice has the tagline, “CSU: Where competent people are fired and our friends are hired.”

The school had adopted a far-reaching cyberbullying policy that Sevcenko says was a further attempt to silence the professors who author the blog.

The policy had “very broad language” that made professors fearful it would be used against them if their comments were viewed as “uncivil,” the attorney tells OneNewsNow.

Schools: Chicago State University