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#21
Stomping on the First Amendment is so yesterday, Deandre. This week the cool move is to stomp on the Second Amendment!

Quote:Prof at public univ under investigation for allegedly forcing students to make anti-gun posters
By Oliver Darcy, on Apr 09, 2013

A professor at a public university in Texas is under investigation from school administrators for allegedly forcing students in her graphic design class to create anti-gun posters for a personal anti-gun campaign she had launched.

[Regionally accredited] Midwestern State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Betty Stewart confirmed to Campus Reform Friday the school has launched an investigation into professor Jennifer Yucus’ conduct after a student filed an official complaint on Thursday.

According to the complaint, obtained by Campus Reform, the professor compelled students in her graphic design class to create artwork opposing firearms on campus and opposing pro-gun legislation currently pending before the Texas state legislature.

The professor then used the artwork students created online to publicize an anti-gun petition entitled “MSU is anti-Concealed Carry on Campus” and on a now deleted Facebook page opposing firearms, says the complaint.

“On Monday, April 1, around 7 PM (class was 5:30 – 8:20), Jennifer Yucus, Assistant Professor of Graphic Art/Design, compelled students from her Computers For Artists class to advocate in favor of a political petition opposing firearms on campus, in opposition to a pair of bills currently before the Texas legislature, using personal art materials and MSU resources,” reads the complaint.

“Several of my classmates were uncomfortable with the assignment and either quietly or openly expressed this,” it continues. “Professor Yucus asked students to rationalize objections by thinking of it as a job from an employer (or words to that effect).”

The complaint adds that Yucus “did require all works to include the URL to the petition” she had created and adds that students were photographed while crafting the posters to give the illusion of youth support.

“Professor Yucus took photos of her students in the process of drafting and creating the posters, but did not say how these would be used,” says the complaint. “The posters were then hung in the hallways of the Fain Arts building, giving the impression of student support.”

Some of the photos later appeared on an anti-gun Facebook page that appeared to have been created by Yucus. The page appeared to have been deleted after the complaint was filed, but Campus Reform was able to capture the posted images before they were removed.

According to the complaint, Yucus used her official university-issued e-mail address to later forward a URL to her petition to the entire class.

State law in Texas appears to forbid professors at public universities from using their authority to compel others to advocate for political causes.

“A state officer or employee may not use official authority… to interfere with or affect the result of an election or nomination of a candidate or to achieve any other political purpose,” reads subsection C of 556.004 of Government Code, Title 5, entitled “Open Government, Ethics.”

Stewart, told Campus Reform the university is taking the allegations very seriously.

“It is a serious offense,” she said. “My first step is to speak with student directly after reading the report that I received. Then I will speak with the professor.”

However, Stewart noted that throughout the duration of the investigation, professor Yucus will continue to remain on active duty and teach her classes.

“Yes, she will still be allowed to teach her students,” she said.

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Jennifer "Mucus" Yucus
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#22
...Aaaaaaaaaaaand, five years later...

Quote:Federal appeals court rules against fired FAU associate dean
By Jose Lambiet
jose@gossipextra.com

April 06, 2018 01:31 PM  
Updated 9 hours 20 minutes ago  

A former Florida Atlantic University associate dean fired over an embarrassing freedom of expression incident at the Boca Raton campus — which made national news and had the religious alt right in a frenzy — has lost her appeal of the dismissal of her lawsuit against the university.

The decision is expected to close the book on a controversy that FAU could have done without.

Rozalia Williams, a black woman close to retirement when she was canned, claimed racial, age and gender discrimination in her April 2013 firing after she suspended a student who wouldn't stomp on a piece of paper with the word Jesus on it as part of a classroom exercise.

Then-student Ryan Rotela refused to complete the multicultural studies exercise on religious grounds, and Williams suspended him from classes after he allegedly threatened his professor during a heated argument over the assignment.

Within hours, the quiet school became a symbol of an alleged leftist, anti-religion conspiracy in higher education, and for that Williams paid dearly.

She was fired within weeks, officially because she failed to follow the procedures in place to discipline Rotela, a commuting student from Coral Springs.

So in 2015, Williams sued the FAU Board of Trustees and then-Vice President For Student Affairs Charles Brown in a federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

In her complaint, Williams alleged her firing was the result of discrimination and retaliation. A part of her argument was that she was replaced by a white man five years younger.

Last year, U.S. District Darrin Gayles dismissed the lawsuit, saying that “her poor handling” of the Rotela incident, and nothing else, caused the dismissal.

Hollywood resident Williams, 64, filed an appeal to keep the case open. Last week, however, the federal appeals court decided Gayles acted property because Williams didn’t offer convincing evidence of discrimination.

“[Williams] was very firm and defiant in her belief she was discriminated against,” said Brown’s attorney, Christopher Whitelock. “But it was always clear she made a mistake suspending the kid without checking with her superiors. This caused the school a lot of adverse publicity. Either she panicked or simply didn’t know what she was doing, but her decision caused the school to become a media circus for a year.”

Neither Williams, who is now on the hook for nearly $15,000 in court costs, nor her lawyer returned calls for comment.

Said Whitelock: “It took five years, but this should end the controversy once and for all.”
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#23
When will teachers finally figure out that they are there to teach students a certain course of study that they ( the students ) enrolled in, not, repeat not, there to train good little clones of the instructor. It appears to me that some instructors believe that the positions they hold at a school belongs to them and it's a little private kingdom where they get to be God. They are paid to do a job, not indoctrinate someone else's children.
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#24
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyath...the-story/

I did find this article here. There is some dispute over whether the student got in trouble for refusing to participate in this exercise or it was what happened afterwards.

What I do know is that it was a dumb move by the instructor and probably one that he regrets.
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