College Republicans Compiling List of Liberal Professors at Ohio School
UT College Republicans President Matt Rubin, a junior majoring in political science and public administration, says the list is not an attempt to bash professors who have liberal ideas, but an attempt to speak out for students who may have been victims of political bias.
Randiah Green, The Independent Collegian
Monday, August 31, 2009
The University of Toledo's College Republicans are compiling a list of liberal professors who they claimed have a bias against conservative students.
The list will include professors who students say have let their political views interfere with the way they interact with students in the classroom.
UT College Republicans President Matt Rubin, a junior majoring in political science and public administration, said the list is not an attempt to bash professors who have liberal ideas, but instead, it is an attempt to speak out for students who may have been victims of the bias, which was then reflected in their grade.
"We've been portrayed in the media, as well as comments from people in the community including College Democrats, saying that we're creating a blacklist in order to smear the names of professors and that's not true," Rubin said. "We're giving a voice to the students that have been harassed because of their political beliefs. It's the same thing as bashing a student because they're gay."
Rubin said the list of liberal professors is important because of the many complaints he received from students at UT College Republicans meetings, concerning professors who made unnecessary political comments, including anti-Bush statements.
"At our weekly meeting, something we like to do is take time out for students to tell stories of any bias they have had in classes. What we're doing is representing students who have had that experience. We're trying to expose professors who have liberal bias and go against everything UT stands for," Rubin said. "How is saying 'President Bush is the dumbest president this country has ever had and should be hanged' improving the human condition?"
The students who submitted and reported incidents such as these will remain anonymous, Rubin said.
"We had a student who said, in an ancient Greece class, Professor William O'Neal claimed that America did not liberate Europe in World War II. However; it was freed by Charles De Gaulle and the free French, not U.S. Soldiers," Rubin said.
O'Neal, chair and professor of history at UT denied ever making the comment.
"To base this on the statement of a single student doesn't seem as evidence to convict liberalism," he said. "If you had a whole class come and say, 'this guy is preaching his own gospel,' that would be different, or if there was a substantial number of students from that class."
Rubin said the list of dubbed liberal professors could also be beneficial to some students.
"We like to think of it as a liberal professor directory, not a list. Also, we'd like for it to be used as a resource for liberal students who are looking for like-minded professors that will positively affect their grade based on their bias," he said.