• Steven Salaita via Twitter

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is not going to allow a reconsideration of its controversial decision not to approve the hiring of professor Steven Salaita.

According to a statement posted on the university website yesterday, that decision will stand in spite of a recent recommendation by the UI faculty Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure that it be revisited by “a committee of qualified academic experts.”

Salaita’s job offer was pulled last fall after the university received complaints about his Twitter criticism of Israel.