Take a stand against political pressure

Governor Ron DeSantis congratulates everyone at the University of Florida for ranking the university among the top public diving universities in the country, during a ceremony held in the Alumni Hall on the UF campus in Gainesville on September 13.

Academic freedom in the United States is under attack.

In Florida, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made attacking the independence of the university system a cornerstone of his political agenda, seeking to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” and requiring all public colleges and universities to conduct annual surveys to measure students’ “diversity of point of view.” Under the guise of so-called academic freedom, DeSantis has instead made it clear that only those policies that serve the ruling party under his administration should be allowed.

Rather than stand as an independent institution committed to free speech, the University of Florida has acted as an active partner in undermining the university’s independence from political pressure. Nowhere is this more evident than in the university’s recent decision to ban three of our colleagues – Dr. Sharon Austin, Dan Smith and Michael MacDonald – from testifying in the Voting Rights case against Florida.


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