Academic Freedom and Speech on Campus

UFF-UF Opposes White Supremacist Speaker (Fall, 2017)

On October 19, 2017, avowed white supremacist Richard Spencer spoke on the University of Florida campus.  UFF-UF voiced opposition against Spencer’s appearance when it was first proposed in August 2017, just days after a deadly rally of white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, VA, at which Spencer was present. We held that Spencer’s appearance here presented a danger to faculty, staff, and students. And, because the university is required to ensure safe working conditions, free from discrimination or harassment, it may have represented a violation of our Collective Bargaining Agreement.

A full account of this event, and the union’s role in it, can be found here: Nazis on Campus:  A Union and Community Responds by Susan Hegeman and Paul Ortiz (PDF, 139 KB)

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updated 9/8/2021