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POCATELLO — Officials with the American Association of University Professors have lifted sanctions against Idaho State University.

The organization voted to remove ISU from the list on Saturday. AAUP, which is a nonprofit membership association of faculty and other academic professionals based in Washington, D.C., released a report in May 2011 detailing its reasons for sanctioning the university.

The report focused on the Feb. 17, 2011, decision by the Idaho State Board of Education, at the request of former President Art Vailas, to suspend the operation and bylaws of the ISU Faculty Senate and implement an interim faculty advisory structure.

The university implemented a new constitution last December and has a new president, Kevin Satterlee.

Incoming Faculty Senate Chairman Rick Wagoner said the university's removal from the list of sanctioned universities should help with recruiting new faculty.

"It’s a very big thing. It's very important, and how positive it is I really don’t think can be overstated," Wagoner said.