Steven SalaitaThe University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a settlement on Thursday with Professor Steven Salaita.

Salaita is the professor who sued the U of I after a job offer made to him for the fall 2014 semester was rescinded, following his controversial tweets on fighting in the middle east.

The resolution approved by Trustees calls for a payment of $600,000 to resolve Salaita's lawsuit. An additional payment of $275,000 will be made to Salaita's legal respresentatives. Trustee Timothy Koritz was the only no vote.

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Salaita attorney Anand Swaminathan says  Salaita will receive some of the $275,000, since his legal bills weren't  that high. He says Salaita no longer wanted to focus on the lawsuits.

Swaminathan says Salaita also no longer wanted to work at the university after everything that has happened, and what he has been through.

Swaminathan says the substantial payment, which he says is the highest amount the university offered, is a strong statement about the merits of Salaita's case.

The university says the settlement does not constitute an admission of wrong-doing on the part of the U of I.

The settlement also says that Salaita will not seek nor accept a job at the University in the future.

The school's top administrators, including University President Tim Killeen and Interim Chancellor Barb Wilson, also approved of the deal.


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