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By Kelly Heyboer, NJ Advance Media for

UNION — Kean University should have given a professor more notice before its board voted to not renew her contract at a public meeting, a state appellate court ruled this week in a case that could change how the school does business.


Kean Federation of Teachers, the school’s faculty union, and union president James Castiglione joined Hascup in filing the lawsuit against the university.

Though the appellate court sided with Hascup and her union on the employment issue, the judges ruled in the university’s favor in another part of the case. The panel disagreed with the union’s argument that Kean officials broke the law when they waited 58 days to release the minutes of the meeting.

While the university should have handed over the minutes within 45 days under the law, the judges said they would not impose a strict deadline in case extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances delay the release of minutes.


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