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Report blasts UTMB's post-Ike firings

A critical report that could affect the University of Texas system's ability to hire top professors says that an unfair process was used to fire more than 100 faculty members after Hurricane Ike put the UT Medical Branch at Galveston on the verge of bankruptcy.

The 22-page report by the 45,000-member American Association of University Professors, formed in 1915 to protect academic freedom, accuses the UT system of using a process that failed to meet standards established to ensure that professors are not fired based on internal politics or political viewpoints.

The report said that the UT system rule governing faculty dismissals restricted faculty rights and the ability to reach a finding at odds with the administration's interests.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6988349.html

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