A group of department heads and others at the University of Illinois is asking the incoming president to address the damage they believe was caused by the decision to withdraw a job offer to a professor.
According to reports, 14 department heads and 20 other academics wrote to incoming university system president Timothy Killeen and asked him to commit to free speech and academic freedom.
The letter writers' concerns stem from the decision to rescind Native American studies professor Steven Salaita's job offer this year after he wrote profane anti-Israel Twitter messages.
The letter writers note that more than 5,000 academics from other schools have said they'll boycott events at the University of Illinois.
Killeen has said he doesn't know Salaita's situation well enough yet to comment.