Idaho State Chair Removed Over Visa Dispute

September 25, 2009

Idaho State University asked the chair of the physics department to quit as chair (while allowing him to stay on as a faculty member) for allowing a professor from Ecuador to teach without a proper visa, the Associated Press reported. The faculty member from Ecuador had taught legally at another college, but university officials said he didn't have Idaho State listed as an approved employer. The professor who was asked to leave as chair, Steven Shropshire, could not be reached for comment, but he earlier said that he had been letting the faculty member from Ecuador help students on an informal basis while working out his visa issues.

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