Academe: Al-Arian indicted, arrested, and dismissed

Al-Arian indicted, arrested, and dismissed
Academe, Mar/Apr 2003

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On February 26, University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft notified professor Sami Al-Arian of his immediate dismissal. She based her action on proposed grounds for termination, issued last August after Al-Arian had been kept on paid leave for nearly a year, that accused him of using his academic position to support terrorists.

The dismissal occurred six days after Al-Arian was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) following the return of a fifty-count grand jury indictment. The indictment charges that Al-Arian was a key official in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization. It charges him with having managed money for the organization, helped develop its policy, maintained contact with its leaders abroad, and claimed responsibility for bombings in Israel. Genshaft stated that she dismissed Al-Arian because he had used USF "for improper, noneducational purposes" rather than because of the criminal charges, but also said that the activities specified in the indictment "confirm" the administration's position that dismissal is justified

Academe: Al-Arian indicted, arrested, and dismissed


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