In a rare move, the University of California has fired a tenured full-time professor.
The UC Board of Regents voted in a closed meeting Wednesday to fire UC Riverside finance professor Sarkis Joseph Koury for allegedly violating university rules that prohibit earning outside income while on sabbatical, the AP reports.
The professor was fired and denied emeritus status in closed session, said UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein. She did not identify the professor per university system policy, though he has spoken to the media.
The move is the latest in 20 years of acrimony and lawsuits between the university and Khoury, who has taught international finance at UC Riverside since 1984.
In a statement, Khoury called the decision "absurd" because in December he resigned from the university effective Jan. 1. He says he'll continue with his lawsuit against the university.
University officials could not discuss the case, not even to confirm the dismissal, citing confidentiality rules in personnel matters.