University of Central Florida: Professor Suspended for In-Class Joke

Category: Free Speech
Schools: University of Central Florida

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.