When it rains it pours. To say the least the situation at the University of Florida is untenable. UF is operating as if it were small religious school with a political bent, aka Liberty University.
When an academic institution loses its credibility and plays politics at multiple levels we assume its some small religious school or a for-profit degree factory set up by some uber-political donor.
We never would expect this at a major public institution – unfortunately, unless it is in Florida.
As I have talked about on Twitter for several days, I have a history, two decades long on the issue of trying to maintain the independence of State Universities from political forces (in both parties quite frankly, but we always knew the greater danger was from the GOP).
My fear always was about direct political interference from elected officials. We believe that *may* have happened in this case but it’s also clear that UF’s hierarchy may in fact have taken some if not most of the disreputable actions on their own volition which is even more horrifying.
UF President Fuchs and the entire board must be held responsible for the shame they have brought upon the reputation of a school that recently was named one of the five best public institutions in the country.
My view is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) needs to take a VERY long and hard look at the University of Florida and consider the most serious sanctions if what is alleged in each of the below newspaper articles which cover multiple areas has actually happened as we believe it has.
On Dr. Ladapo:
On additional professors blocked from serving as outside experts:
News stories and Editorials on UF blocking expert-witnesses in election cases:
TAMPA BAY TIMES: UF’s big mistake on academic freedom | Editorial
SUN SENTINEL: UF attack on academic freedom exposes a partisan agenda