The decision by Chancellor Robert Jones to place professor Jay Rosenstein on administrative leave was at the forefront of discussion at the academic senate meeting on Monday Feb. 5. Rosenstein was placed on leave after he was arrested for filming a group of pro-chief Illiniwek students changing into traditional chief gear at a men’s basketball game on January 22. His charges have since been dropped.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion Bruce Rosenstock voiced his strong concern for how professor Rosenstein came to be put on administrative leave.
“You’re not following the Illinois Administrative Code” Rosenstock argued.
With a conversation about the universities’ controversial mascot history at the precipice of the senate meeting, more conversation was to be had about what the faculty should do about the university’s representation. Chancellor Jones called it a “murky situation”, but also stated that the school doesn’t have to authority to stop individuals from displaying the chief in offices or on clothing, adding that he doesn’t want the university to infringe on people’s freedom of speech.