• Loretta Capeheart

The Northeastern Illinois University Board of Trustees heard complaints from faculty members and others at their meeting Thursday about the amount of money the university has been spending on outside legal counsel in cases related to the academic freedom of professor Loretta Capeheart ($435,000 from May 2009 to May 2010 alone, Capeheart’s supporters say). They also received complaints about additional academic freedom issues involving tenure denial for linguistics professor John Boyle and the shutdown of the student radio station, WZRD.

The board then went into a closed “executive session.”

On Friday, AAUP editor John Wilson followed up with a blistering letter voicing his concern that NEIU is “becoming one of the worst public universities in America when it comes to freedom of speech and academic freedom.”

Here’s Wilson’s letter: