AFA Denounces University of Florida for Blocking Professors from Serving as Witnesses in Case Against the State

Academic Freedom Alliance
Press Release

Excerpt: Today, the Academic Freedom Alliance (AFA) sent a letter to the University of Florida denouncing its decision to block three professors from serving as expert witnesses in a lawsuit against the state of Florida regarding the constitutionality of the recently enacted electoral law. The university denied the professors’ requests on the grounds that such outside activities “may pose a conflict of interest to the executive branch of the state of Florida.” In a subsequent defense of its decision, it asserted that full-time employees could not undertake “outside paid work that is adverse to the university’s interests as a state of Florida institution.”

“I write on behalf of the Academic Freedom Alliance to express our firm view that this decision is a serious violation of the academic freedom principles to which the University of Florida is committed,” wrote Princeton Professor Keith E. Whittington, chair of the AFA’s academic committee, in the letter to UF President Kent Fuchs.