The university that recently caused an uproar after news spread that one of its professors told students to write “JESUS” on paper then stomp on it has apologized.
Florida Atlantic University officials posted on the homepage of their website a link to a statement regarding the incident:
A recent classroom exercise in an Intercultural Communication course at Florida Atlantic University has attracted public attention and has aroused concern on the part of some individuals and groups. The exercise was based on an example presented in a study guide to the textbook Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5 th Edition, written by a college professor who is unaffiliated with FAU. The course is taught by a non-tenured instructor on an annual appointment.
Contrary to some media reports, no students were forced to take part in the exercise; the instructor told all of the students in the class that they could choose whether or not to participate.
While we do not comment on personnel matters, and while student privacy laws prevent us from commenting on any specific student at the University, we can confirm that no student has been expelled, suspended or disciplined by the University as a result of any activity that took place during this class.
This exercise will not be used again. The University holds dear its core values. We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused. Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.
The statement runs somewhat contrary to what a student in the class claimed happened. Nonetheless, it’s heartening to see that university officials – who at first tried to defend the assignment – have thought better of it.
Click here to read more about the incident.