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College: Fire professor who forced students to vote for Obama

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President last November should be fired, the college’s president recommended.

Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College in Florida, is guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence, according to a three-month investigation into her classroom behavior leading up to the November election.

The Board of Trustees will hold a hearing on the matter, and then vote on whether to adopt President James Richey’s recommendation that Sweet be fired.


According to a report on the investigation:

“Professor Sweet strongly encouraged or mandated that students from several classes sign a pledge card that stated, ‘I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.’ She also misrepresented her intentions to multiple students, indicating at various times that she was conducting voter registration for the college, that the pledge cards were non-partisan voter registration forms, and that the pledge was a ‘statistical analysis.’”

In the eyes of the college, Sweet clearly created a hostile environment for students, since many feared their grades would be affected if they did not sign the pledge. She remains on paid leave until the board votes to fire her.


by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM

 Paid leave??? She doesn't deserve pay, imo!

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Fire her.

katy_kay08
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

if she did these things she should absolutely be fired.  

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM

She needs to be fired.   This has no place in a classroom, especially a math classroom.

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

No she doesn't.  I wonder if she is in a union?

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 Paid leave??? She doesn't deserve pay, imo!


4music
by Bronze Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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 While i agree that the teacher should lose her job if the accusations are found to be true, she did not actually force students to vote for Obama.

katy_kay08
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I doubt she was in a union.  The article state she was/is a tenured professor.  That makes the process of removing her from her position more difficult.  

Quoting candlegal:

No she doesn't.  I wonder if she is in a union?

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 Paid leave??? She doesn't deserve pay, imo!



candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM



Quote:

In the eyes of the college, Sweet clearly created a hostile environment for students, since many feared their grades would be affected if they did not sign the pledge

Quoting 4music:

 While i agree that the teacher should lose her job if the accusations are found to be true, she did not actually force students to vote for Obama.


greenie63
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Normally I disagree with a majority of what you post, but the professor's job is to teach math.  Using your students to push your political views is wrong. Yes she should be let go. 

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

yes it does

Quoting katy_kay08:

I doubt she was in a union.  The article state she was/is a tenured professor.  That makes the process of removing her from her position more difficult.  

Quoting candlegal:

No she doesn't.  I wonder if she is in a union?

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 Paid leave??? She doesn't deserve pay, imo!




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