Thursday, September 20, 2012

By Susan Duclos

 [WATCH] News report, video below:

Interesting article, have not seen this on any news media except Fox news.  I am not doubting the report, just wondering why the main media haven't picked it up. I like that she has balls to do it, not so bright to do it in class. What election laws?  I mean Fla is trying to disenfranchise students, seniors, low income citizens, Blacks and Hispanics, and we have amendments in the Constitution that give us voting rights. So what election laws are they talking about.  Not registering voters, she was not. A pledge is not registering to vote. And how many of her students are actually registered.  To sign a pledge does not mean you actually have to vote that way. DUH!!!!! There is no way for her to prove that they did. DUH!!!! Even I know that, I ain't no college student. I have me diploma, I smart  HE HE HA, HE HE HA, HE HE HA....

Brevard Community College has initiated an investigation after receiving a complaint from a concerned parent against tenured professor Sharon Sweet after she made her students, in a math class, sign a pledge to vote for "Barack Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket."

Early last week Professor Sharon Sweet at Brevard Community College (BCC) allegedly told students to sign a pledge that reads: “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.”

The pledge was printed off of, a website funded by the Obama campaign.

University administrators said they learned about the incident late Thursday afternoon and launched an investigation, after they received a phone call from a concerned parent.

“Based on the allegations, Associate Professor Sweet has requested, and been granted, a leave of absence without pay effective immediately,” reads a statement put out by John Glisch, Associate Vice President for Communications at BCC.

“The college will continue its investigation into the matter, which will include interviews with all students in her class,” continues the statement.

Sweet’s actions may have also violated Florida’s election laws.

Section 104.31, of Title IX in chapter 104, states that “no officer or employee of the state... shall... use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with an election or nomination of officer or influencing another person’s vote or affecting the result thereof.”

Statement from Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Learning Officer for the college, via WatchDogWire:

Darla Ferguson forwarded your email to me. I am the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Learning Officer for the college. Thank you for referring your concern to us. The college does have specific procedures related to the political activity of faculty and staff. The expectation is that no employee of the College shall solicit support of any political candidate during regular work hours or on College property.

The college first learned of this concern on Thursday and an investigation was initiated. Any inappropriate activities will be curtailed and the faculty will be dealt with according to college policy.
Again, thank you for your concern. The college is taking appropriate actions. We do not want any student to feel coerced.

Linda Miedema, PhD, MSA, BSN
Vice President Academic Affairs
Chief Learning Officer

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