A math professor who told students to sign pledges to vote for President Obama’s re-election should be fired, President James Richey advised the Brevard Community College Board of Trustees.
Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics with tenure at the Florida college, is “guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence,” concluded a report based on a three-month investigation.
“Professor Sweet strongly encouraged or mandated that students from several classes sign a pledge card that stated, ‘I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.’ She also misrepresented her intentions to multiple students, indicating at various times that she was conducting voter registration for the college, that the pledge cards were non-partisan voter registration forms, and that the pledge was a ‘statistical analysis.’”
Sweet created a hostile environment for students, who told investigators they feared she’d lower their grades if they refused to sign the pledge.
After students complained their math professor asked them to sign a “Vote for President Obama” pledge, Brevard Community College (Florida) launched an investigation and restated college policy: “No College employee shall solicit support for a political candidate during regular College work hours or on College property.” Assistant Professor Sharon Sweet has taken a leave of absence without pay.
A reader pointed to Sweet’s LinkedIn profile, which says she studied art and math at Bard, but apparently didn’t earn a degree. Her highest academic credential is an associate degree in advertising design. Brevard hired her as an assistant professor in math?