Here’s why the University and mainstream media don’t want to say he was fired.
Because firing a tenured professor purely for his political opinions, especially one with multiple academic publications to his record, means the University has violated the following:
1) His First amendment rights.
2) His academic freedom.
3) His rights as an employee at a public university, as well his rights to due process.
Here’s the single reason why we claim he was fired: more than one month ago, Steven Salaita signed a contract to work at the University of Illinois.
Approximately three weeks later, he was told he no longer had that job.
That’s a firing, not a rescission.
This incident signals the following:
—For those of us who have tenure in the academy, it tells us that our private expressions on social media may now outweigh our academic work.