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Obama-tool college prof Sharon Sweet put on unpaid leave

UPDATE (April 18, 2013): College fires Sharon Sweet, at last! Go here for story.

A Florida community college professor named Sharon Sweet harassed and intimidated her students by asking them to state their political party affiliation and  handing out bookmark pledges to vote for the POS. Our DCG wrote a post on this yesterday.

The incident was reported by a citizen, whose nephew attends Brevard Community College. The nephew brought home the below bookmark pledging to vote for Obama. The bookmark and pledge was handed out during a mathematics class taught by Assistant Professor Sharon Sweet.

Dr. Richard Swier of Watchdogwire.com, has a pic of the bookmark:

On the tear away GOTTAVOTE.org pledge 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 the POS 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.

Dr. Swier observed that “Sweet may have violated the College’s harassment policy by handing out the GOTTA VOTE pledge.”

Swier’s column on Watchdogwire.com quickly got results. He received this  comment from the college’s Vice President of Academic Affairs

“Darla Ferguson forwarded your email to me. I am the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Learning Officer for the college. Thank you for referring your concern to us. The college does have specific procedures related to the political activity of faculty and staff. The expectation is that no employee of the College shall solicit support of any political candidate during regular work hours or on College property.

The college first learned of this concern on Thursday and an investigation was initiated. Any inappropriate activities will be curtailed and the faculty will be dealt with according to college policy.

Again, thank you for your concern. The college is taking appropriate actions. We do not want any student to feel coerced.

Linda Miedema, PhD, MSA, BSN
Vice President Academic Affairs”

Oliver Darcy of CampusReform.org has an update, Sept. 17, 2012, that Professor Sharon Sweet has been placed on unpaid leave!

Here’s a statement from John Glisch, Associate Vice President for Communications at Brevard Community College, who said the college’s been inundated with phonecalls and email:

“Based on the allegations, Associate Professor Sweet has requested, and been granted, a leave of absence without pay effective immediately. The college will continue its investigation into the matter, which will include interviews with all students in her class.”

Referring to a policy that prohibits employees from soliciting support for a political candidate during working hours or on college property, Glisch said, “The college takes this policy extremely seriously. We are a nonpartisan, public institution. It is very important that all of our faculty and staff act in that manner at work and while they’re on campus.”

Sweet’s actions may have also violated Florida’s election laws.

Section 104.31, of Title IX in chapter 104, states that “no 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.”

Sharon Sweet, 58, teaches Algebra and Math and earns about $40,000 a year. She’s been employed by Brevard Community College for five years.

Hooray! We won this little battle!

Note that the MSM did not report Sharon Sweet’s harassment of her students. This is the work of conservative bloggers.

~Eowyn

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Brevard College professor pushes leftist agenda

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.

DCG

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