Professor says he was fired

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- A UI science professor has been banned from teaching his class.

The university is investigating concerns related to a possible violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Former professor Michael Schlesinger says he was fired and the university is accusing him of of not accommodating a disabled student. But the university wouldn't say if he was fired or not.

One of his students received permission from the university's disabilities services to have electronic copies of his lecture slides. Schlesigner says he decided not to do that because it would be unfair to give only one student those notes before class. He also says, based on his teaching experience, if he gave electronic notes, students would not come to class and that would lower their grades.

Schlesinger forwarded WCIA the emails between him and the university. They told him he's not allowed to teach there anymore. In the emails, the university said another teacher has been assigned to teach his class.

Brad Peterson, from the UI, did provide this statement on what happened: "Federal law prevents us from speaking about a specific student, but I can tell you that professor Michael Schlesinger is not teaching at the university at this time." 


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