Clay Calvert Comments on Proposed Florida Bill Allowing Students to Record Lectures for Use as Political Bias Evidence
Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is quoted in “Florida Bill Would Allow Students to Record Professor Lectures to Use as Political Bias Evidence” on fox35orlando.com on April 25.
The story focuses on a proposed Florida bill that would allow students to record their college professors’ lectures so they can use the information as evidence of political bias. The move is aimed at protecting “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity.”
“It’s great to have the information about how students feel but there’s a danger that it could be used as a tool or a weapon basically by state lawmakers to withhold appropriations,” said Calvert. “Lawmakers might move to cut funding for different universities based on the survey’s findings.”