It’s been a headline-grabbing semester for Florida Atlantic University – but not for any of the reasons university officials hoped.
FAU President Mary Jane Saunders cheerfully rattled off the good news about her institution in an interview last week, from record levels of applications to a glittering reaccreditation report to significant strides by the university’s new medical school. She mentioned the professor who won an O. Henry Prize for short-story writing and the students who spent spring break building Habitat for Humanity houses.
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Unwanted FAU headlines
• January: University distances itself from professor whose personal blog questioned “whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place.”
• February: Private prison contractor GEO Group’s $6 million stadium naming-rights deal ignites six-week controversy; GEO Group withdraws gift April 1.
• March: FAU defends intercultural communications class lesson asking students to write “Jesus” on paper and step on it; two days later, school apologizes for exercise and removes it from curriculum.