Prof gets more than wrist-slap for punishing student

Friday, October 12, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

anti-Israel BDS protestersA public university is being praised for taking a tough stance against a professor who tried to punish a student planning to study in Israel.

Several pro-Israel organizations have asked the University of Michigan to sanction Professor John Cheney-Lippold for telling a student he would not write her a letter of recommendation to study in Tel Aviv because he supports an academic boycott of Israel.

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of AMCHA, which initiated a letter to university leaders, says the university did more than a slap on the wrist.

"It was meaningful sanctions that they imposed upon [Cheney-Lippold], including the threat that if he did it again he could be dismissed for his behavior," she tells OneNewsNow. "So it was, I thought, very meaningful to him and to other faculty who might think about doing the same thing."

Cheney-Lippold is losing his salary increase for the coming academic year and his eligibility for sabbatical leave is being frozen for two years, according to The Washington Post.

Rossman-Benjamin says she hopes the letter sent to University President Mark Schlissel influenced Michigan's disciplinary action.

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