University of Central Florida: Professor Suspended for In-Class Joke
On April 23, 2013, Hyung-il Jung, a lecturer in UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management, held a review session for an accounting course, at which roughly 25 students were present. During the session, Jung noted that his students seemed to be struggling with his questions and joked, "It looks like you guys are being slowly suffocated by these questions. Am I on a killing spree or what?" On April 24, after a student complained about Jung's remark, UCF placed Jung on paid administrative leave, barred him from entering the Rosen College campus, required him to complete a mental evaluation, and prohibited him from contacting any UCF students. FIRE wrote to UCF President John C. Hitt on April 26, calling for Jung's immediate reinstatement. UCF fully reinstated Jung on May 13, without requiring that he submit to a mental evaluation in advance.
- "University of Central Florida Professor Reinstated After Suspension for In-Class Joke," May 21, 2013: The University of Central Florida (UCF) has reinstated Professor Hyung-il Jung three weeks after unconstitutionally suspending him on the basis of an in-class joke. FIRE wrote to UCF President John C. Hitt in April, urging this result and reminding UCF of its First Amendment obligations.
- "Notice of Cessation of Administrative Leave," May 13, 2013
- "FIRE letter to University of Central Florida," April 26, 2013
- "Letter of Reprimand and Notice of Paid Administrative Leave," April 24, 2013
- "University of Central Florida Professor Reinstated After Suspension for In-Class Joke," May 21, 2013