A national professors group says administrators at the University of Northern Iowa violated governance, academic freedom and tenure procedures when they eliminated certain programs and shuttered the education training school.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the American Association of University Professors says UNI officials failed to follow certain policies when determining programs to eliminate. The report also says the university had no legitimate basis to terminate faculty appointments assigned to programs eliminated or restructured.

UNI President Ben Allen says the school disagrees with the report. He called it on Friday an attempt to intimidate the university.

AAUP is made up of union chapters around the country. It is affiliated with United Faculty, the bargaining unit for UNI faculty. That group has criticized the university over the cuts.