A national organization representing college and university professors has sanctioned Vermont Law School for stripping tenure from three-quarters of its faculty in 2018 amid a budget shortfall—a move the group determined violated its academic governance standards.

It marks the first time the American Association of University Professors has taken action against a standalone law school, according to Gregory Scholtz, director of the association’s department of academic freedom, tenure, and governance. The association censured the University of Mississippi in 1970 following an investigation centered on its law school, he said, which is the only other disciplinary action it has taken against a legal education institution.

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