Florida Law Prof Accused of Shoving Student Who Criticized Him, Gets One-Week Suspension
A University of Florida law professor was suspended for a week based on allegations he shoved a student who criticized his handling of a room mix-up during exams.
Criminal law professor Kenneth Nunn got a letter from the dean warning he could be fired if he engages in similar conduct a second time, the Gainesville Sun reports. He was suspended with pay for the week of March 7.
According to the story, Nunn mistakenly thought three classrooms had been set aside for his class of about 100 students to take exams in December. One of the rooms, however, was instead assigned to about half a dozen tax students taking an exam. After repeated interruptions by Nunn’s students, one of the tax students put a sign on a trash can that said “exam.”
Later, the tax student told investigators, he told Nunn that his handling of the mix-up was “atrocious.” According to the student’s version of events, Nunn responded by pushing him with both hands, saying, “I’m a law professor and deserve respect.”
A witness also told of seeing the shove. Nunn did not appeal the findings of the investigation, the Sun reports.