Sharon Sweet, a tenured math professor at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Florida, is being investigated by the college for allegedly using class time to urge students to vote for President Barack Obama and for distributing campaign material that says “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket,” , Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported Monday.
“They were also given bookmarks from gottavote.org – a website paid for by the Obama-Biden campaign — targeting young voters,” Starnes wrote.
According to a post at Campusreform.org, university officials learned of the pledge last week after receiving 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,” John Glisch, Associate Vice President for Communications at BCC, said in a statement. “The college will continue its investigation into the matter, which will include interviews with all students in her class.”
Sweet teaches college algebra and math for liberal arts on the Melbourne campus and receives a salary of about $40,000 a year. She’s been employed by BCC for five years.
On Sunday, Watchdogwire said, “A citizen, whose nephew attends Brevard Community College, reports that he brought home [a] . . . bookmark pledging to vote for President Obama. The bookmark and pledge was handed out during a mathematics class taught by Assistant Professor Sharon Sweet. This occurred ‘while the student was in class at the request of his College Algebra teacher, Sharon Sweet, from Brevard Community College in [Melbourne] Florida.’”
“On the tear away GOTTAVOTE.orgpledge form that students received, was the requirement to ‘state their party affiliation.’ The student reported that Sweet has repeatedly stated her personal political views in support of President Obama in class. The student noted, ‘There is an older gentleman in the class that will argue with her but he said most of the students did not.’”
Glisch said that Sweet could be exonerated, suspended or terminated, depending on the outcome of the investigation.
Watchdogwire said that Sweet may have violated the college’s policy against harassment, which includes “political affiliation.”
“The expectation is that no employee of the College shall solicit support of any political candidate during regular work hours or on College property,” wrote Linda Miedema, Brevard Community College vice president for academic affairs.
Campusreform said that Sweet may have also violated part of Florida’s election law, which states that:
“[N]o 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.”
Glisch said that in addition to interviewing the roughly 100 students in Sweet’s classes, college provosts are reiterating the college’s policy to employees.
College professors have a lot of control over students. They can make or break a student’s career by manipulating his or her grades, failing a student for not holding politically correct positions, or even refusing to graduate a student who does not believe that homosexuality is morally and clinically normative. It’s happened in several cases.
Professors have put pressure on female students to trade sexual favors for better grades. For the past 40 years, college and university campuses are bastions of liberalism of the worst kind.
What is a mathematics’ professor doing talking about politics in a class where she’s supposed to be teaching algebra?