University of Michigan: Faculty Views Can’t Affect Students

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -

University of Michigan officials say they are working to ensure that faculty members’ political views won’t affect their responsibilities to students after two instructors decided not to recommend students for a study program in Israel.

The statement came a day after Naftali Bennett, Israeli Minister of Education and Minister of Diaspora Affairs, admonished university President Mark Schlissel in a letter over incidents described as “vitriolic hatred against” Israel.

The Ann Arbor school announced Tuesday that it has created a faculty panel to examine issues stemming from the incidents. A letter obtained by news outlets says the university also disciplined one instructor, professor John Cheney-Lippold, by denying him a raise this year and freezing his sabbatical eligibility for two years.

The school says it opposes academic boycotts of Israeli academic institutions.

It’s not clear whether the other instructor, a teaching assistant, will be disciplined.