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Mon July 12, 2010
UW Trustees will not discuss Ayers in closed session
By Molly Messick
Laramie, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming's Board of Trustees will not discuss Bill Ayers at their meeting later this week. Ayers is the former 1960s radical who spoke on campus this spring after he and a student sued UW. The suit was in response to a decision to bar Ayers from speaking on campus.
The board of trustees had planned to talk to a staff attorney about the situation in a closed-door session. But some said the private session would have been a violation of Wyoming's open meetings statute, because litigation is not ongoing.
In a statement issued this evening, UW maintained that it does not believe the session would have violated the state's open meetings law. But it also said that the university wishes to avoid further legal wrangling. According to the statement, if there are any changes in UW policy resulting from the Ayers case, the trustees will discuss them during an open session in September.