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University of Minnesota Faculty Senate votes to express 'no confidence' in interim president

The University of Minnesota Faculty Senate on Wednesday voted to express no confidence in interim President Jeff Ettinger over his decision to pause the hiring of a new director for the U's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a conflict Ettinger said he hoped to avoid in his final days leading the U.

"Is this the only arrow in the quiver?" Ettinger asked faculty senators in their meeting. "Is a vote of no confidence the only way to express the importance of academic freedom to your opinions in this topic?"

The vote is largely symbolic, though Mark Bee, chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee, described it as "arguably the strongest rebuke of a university administrator that a faculty senate can approve," noting that some in academia had described it as "the nuclear option."


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