Florida’s Brevard Community College professor Sharon Sweet made news in September 2012 when it was discovered that she’d made her students sign a pledge promising to vote for Obama in the upcoming presidential election. Now a college review board investigating the incident is recommending that Sweet be fired from her job because of the pledge. She has been on leave ever since the scandal broke.
“I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket,” read the pledge that Sweet, a math professor, asked her students to sign.
During the review board’s investigation, it was found that Sweet tried to influence her students to vote for Obama:
“Professor Sweet strongly encouraged or mandated that students from several classes sign a pledge card that stated, ‘I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.’ She also misrepresented her intentions to multiple students, indicating at various times that she was conducting voter registration for the college, that the pledge cards were non-partisan voter registration forms, and that the pledge was a ‘statistical analysis.”
The board therefore found that Sweet’s actions “constitute harassment, incompetence, misconduct and unprofessional behavior in the workplace.” Those are grounds for termination.