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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise told a committee of faculty leaders that she regretted the uproar caused by the decision not hire a professor whose Twitter messages were considered by some to be anti-Semitic.

Wise told the campus' Senate Executive Committee on Monday that the university's board of trustees will be asked to consider approving the hiring of future tenured faculty much earlier in the process.

According to reports, Wise wished she'd have consulted faculty who already had signed off on the decision to hire Steven Salaita (suh-LY'-tah).as a Native American Studies professor.

Salaita accepted a job offer starting this fall but was told after he later posted numerous anti-Israel Twitter messages that he would not be hired. The Board of Trustees last week declined to change that decision.

Salaita's supporters believe he effectively already had been hired, so his speech was protected by academic tenure. They said professors routinely begin work before the board approves their hires.

Salaita has said he plans to sue the university.

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