U of Illinois Faculty Senate considering ways to protect classroom spaces from political disruptions

Jan 29, 2019 by

U of Illinois Faculty Senate is considering what to do about students who want to disrupt classes over political disagreements with professor.

By Colleen Flaherty –

Related imageFaculty leaders at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are weighing a proposal to protect faculty members from students who enroll in their classes to disrupt, or troll, them.

That Faculty Senate resolution is a watered-down version of an earlier proposal that would have let professors, via their departments, pre-emptively ban harassers — whether the harassment was in person or online.

The earlier proposal was put forth by Jay Rosenstein, a professor of media and cinema studies and Senate member. Rosenstein is a vocal opponent of Native American mascots and has clashed with some on campus who continue to dress as Illinois’s own former mascot, Chief Illiniwek, at sporting events. Illiniwek supporters also have targeted him on social media.

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