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Two regents to address academic freedom group

Apr 10, 2013

IOWA CITY (AP) — Accused of disrespecting academic freedom, the top two members of the Board of Regents will meet with a University of Iowa group dedicated to defending that principle.

The university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors says President Craig Lang and President Pro Tem Bruce Rastetter will address its meeting Saturday.

Lang’s service on the board will end April 30 after the Democratic-controlled Senate declined Monday to confirm him for another term.

Democrats have accused Lang and Rastetter of not respecting faculty independence. They say the two tried to limit the research that could be conducted at an Iowa State University center honoring Sen. Tom Harkin, which they deny.

Rastetter has faced criticism for intervening on behalf of an ethanol lobbyist after a researcher was critical of the industry.

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