Faculty Organizers Sue Idaho State’s Administration Over Blocked E-Mails

Faculty organizers at Idaho State University have filed a federal lawsuit accusing administrators there of trampling their constitutional rights by blocking them from sending the entire faculty e-mails, the Idaho State Journal reports. The suit, filed by a group calling itself the Idaho State University Faculty Association for the Preservation of the First Amendment, accuses the university’s president, Arthur C. Vailas, and its interim provost, Barbara Adamcik, of violating the First Amendment and 14th Amendment rights of Idaho State’s Provisional Faculty Senate by blocking that body from sending e-mails to the entire faculty, the newspaper said. The administration began blocking the e-mails in November, following a disagreement with the Provisional Faculty Senate over the timing of a vote on a proposed constitution for the university’s faculty. The Idaho State Board of Education suspended the university’s Faculty Senate a year ago, citing an impasse between Mr. Vailas and faculty leaders.

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