Inside the Academic-Freedom Crisis That Roiled Florida’s Flagship

Emma Pettit and Jack Stripling
Chronicle of Higher Education

Excerpt: Last September, a professor at the University of Florida wanted to sign a scientific consensus letter about kratom, a tropical tree with pain-relieving properties. The faculty member’s proposal was forwarded to Gary Wimsett Jr., the university’s assistant vice president for conflicts of interest, who had a question: What did Ron DeSantis, the state’s Republican governor, think about kratom?