March 23, 2005

New twist on Florida HB 837

A report by the Gainesville Sun on yesterday's Florida house committee meeting on our local version of the so-called Academic Bill of Rights made clear one additional twist: according to the report, the bill would go further than just requiring grievance processes but would give students legal standing to sue professors over what they say in class.

One additional note: Florida has a broad public-records statute. According to the news report, the bill's sponsor refuses to name the students who have supposedly corresponded with him about being abused in class or victimized by propogandizing faculty. Of course, anyone can ask his office for that supposed correspondence, and he has to provide it.

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Posted in Academic freedom on March 23, 2005 10:20 PM |