Republicans in Florida have intensified their assault on what they call “Marxist professors and students” in the state’s public universities and colleges with a bill that encourages the reporting of lecturers perceived to be stopping “viewpoint diversity” on campus.
The 12-page bill, which is awaiting the signature of the Florida governor Ron DeSantis, will allow students to make recordings of lectures without their professors’ consent, and present them as evidence of political bias. As per HB 233, students “may record video or audio of class lectures for their own personal educational use, in connection with a complaint to the public institution of higher education where the recording was made, or as evidence in, or in preparation for, a criminal or civil proceeding.”
Students are still required to obtain permission from the professor before recording. Campus Reform Correspondent Ophelie Jacobsen stated that the bill “will provide transparency to taxpayers” living in Florida. “Floridians want to know they are funding institutions that live up to the standard of raising the next generation of open-minded leaders and thinkers, and right now, our state colleges and universities are not living up to that standard,” Jacobson said in a statement to Fox News.
“My peers have lost the ability to critically think and analyze different viewpoints because other viewpoints aren’t there for them to analyze! But thanks to Governor DeSantis, intellectual diversity is making a comeback on campus. This annual assessment will be a true eye-opener for taxpayers, parents, and students.”
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