Scooter reporting 09/18/12
At Brevard Community College, Florida, has initiated an investigation and placed a resident professor on leave over reports that she made students in a math class sign a pledge to vote for President Obama.
Sharon Sweet, the said professor was placed on a leave without pay effective immediately after they received a call from a concerned parent, a spokesman for Brevard Community College told Fox News.
College spokesman John Glisch said that the accusations focus on her asking for support in her classes for President Obama in the upcoming election. The students were told to sign a pledge that read: “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.” The allegations were first reported by the website Watchdogwire.com
The school officials came to know of the incident last Thursday and immediately opened an investigation. Glisch said they plan on questioning as many as 100 students to find out who may have signed the pledge.
Glisch was quoted as saying, “The college has specific policies that address the political activities of faculty and staff, which state that no college employee shall solicit support for a political candidate during regular college work hours or on college property.”
Professor Sweet was granted an immediate leave of absence without pay. She is resident professor who has been at the college for five years. Glisch said it depends on the result of the investigation, she could be exonerated, suspended or terminated. Steps are being taken to ensure that all faculty members and staff are aware of policies in regards to political activity, Glisch said.