University, Jewish studies prof settle dispute


(JTA) — The University of Cincinnati and a tenured professor of modern Jewish history settled their dispute.

The university has withdrawn its charges of misusing university funds for research and travel against Mark Raider following mediation, Raider said in a letter to supporters, and will not pursue further disciplinary action.

Raider will drop a lawsuit against the university and and keep his tenured full professor status while moving from the Judaic studies department to the history department.

Raider was removed as head of the Judaic studies department and from his endowed chair in the spring. The dean of the university’s McMicken College also had moved to fire Raider despite a vote against dismissal by the university grievance committee panel in March.

At the time, Jewish studies scholars from the United States and Israel accused the university of being hostile not only to Raider but also the field of Jewish studies.

An Ohio District Court judge, Arthur Spiegel, served as the mediator.

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