How Much Can the Governor Ask About Your Personal Life?

CFA is deeply concerned about the Supplemental Statement of Interests form (the new “yellow form” following Executive Order 15-09). Many tenured and tenure-track faculty have been required to sign this form, including all those who hold grants. Under the pretext of asking about potential conflicts of financial interest, the form asks faculty to report their non-workplace activities and political and voluntary affiliations.  Question 2 in particular constitutes an unwarranted intrusion into the private lives of faculty members and other state employees:

2. Did you hold any non‐governmental position with any business entity, non‐profit organization, labor group, educational institution, or other entity of any type? (Include the positions even if you received no compensation.)

CFA is consulting with the Illinois ACLU about the legality and constitutionality of such intrusive questions, and will issue a further statement when we receive a reply from their legal experts.

Published by Susan Davis

I teach in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois.

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