The New York Jewish Week: Newly tenured Professor John Cheney-Lippold was recently disciplined by the University of Michigan for denying a student’s request to study abroad in Israel. Prior to his tenure, Cheney-Lippold wrote two letters of recommendation for students requesting to study in Israel.
Excerpt from The New York Jewish Week:
“Your conduct has fallen far short of the University’s and College’s expectations for how LSA faculty interact with and treat students,” Cole wrote.”This letter is a strong warning that your behavior in this circumstance was inappropriate and will not be tolerated.
“In the future, a student’s merit should be your primary guide for determining how and whether to provide a letter of recommendation. You are not to use student requests for recommendations as a platform to discuss your personal political beliefs.”