In the case of Deandre Poole, Florida Atlantic University apparently has failed not just a faculty member but academic freedom.
When FAU student Ryan Rotela went to WPEC-Channel 12 with the story of how Dr. Poole on March 4 asked those in his intercultural communications class to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and step on it, FAU correctly defended the exercise. “Faculty and students at academic institutions pursue knowledge and engage in open discourse,” said FAU’s statement. “While at times the topics discussed may be sensitive, a university environment is a venue for such dialogue and debate.”
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