UPDATE (April 18, 2013): College fires Sharon Sweet, at last! Go here for story.
UPDATE (Sept. 18): Sharon Sweet has been put on unpaid administrative leave. Go here for story.
Professor makes class sign “Vote for Obama” pledge
Watchdog Wire: A citizen, whose nephew attends Brevard Community College, reports that he brought home the above 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.org pledge form that students recieved, 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.”
Gottavote.org is a site paid for by the Obama-Biden campaign to urge Floridians to register and vote. The website is targeted at young voters.
It appears Sweet may have violated the College’s harassment policy by handing out the GOTTA VOTE pledge. The Brevard Community College policy on harassment states:
Harassment is any repeated or unwelcome verbal or physical abuse which intimidates or causes the recipient discomfort or humiliation or which interferes with the recipient’s educational or job performance. Any form of harassment related to an employee’s, applicant’s, student’s, or student applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, genetics, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender preference, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry or political affiliation is a violation of this policy. [Emphasis added]
Brevard College policy states, “Any employee or student of this institution, who is found to have harassed another employee or student … will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination, suspension and or expulsion, within the provisions of applicable current College Procedures and Board rules.”
NOTE: According to the Brevard Community College staff directory, Sharon Sweet is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at the Melbourne Campus. A request for comment has been sent to Ms. Sweet and Ms. Darla Ferguson, Chief Equity & Diversity Officer for Brevard Community College.
Sharon Sweet doesn’t have a great rating on ratemyprofessor.com, with an overall average of 2.8 (out of 5). One person noted, “She is an awful person. Told the class no excuses you miss a test its an F. My sister passed away, I got an F, for attending her funeral. Sad Sad Lady. She doesn’t explain and doesn’t help.”
Maybe the publicly supported institution can explain why Ms. Sweet is pushing her political agenda on her students? Contact information:
James Richey, President: (321) 433-7000.
Sharon Sweet, Assistant Professor: (321) 433-5105.