Official complaint filed over use of students for personal political campaign
April 10, 2013
A professor at Midwestern State University is under investigation following an official complaint logged by a student who claimed that the class was forced to create anti-gun material and photographed doing so in order to make it appear that they were behind a campaign opposing firearms on campus.
Professor Jennifer Yucus is said to have coerced the students of her graphic design class into creating signs and posters for her own personal campaign against concealed carry rules on campus.
Yucus is then said to have used the material on websites and Facebook to publicize the campaign, as well as to encourage support for opposition to pro-gun legislation currently making its way through the Texas state legislature.
Campus Reform reports that the complaint reads:
“On Monday, April 1, around 7 PM (class was 5:30 – 8:20), Jennifer Yucus, Assistant Professor of Graphic Art/Design, compelled students from her Computers For Artists class to advocate in favor of a political petition opposing firearms on campus, in opposition to a pair of bills currently before the Texas legislature, using personal art materials and MSU resources,”
“Several of my classmates were uncomfortable with the assignment and either quietly or openly expressed this,” it continues. “Professor Yucus asked students to rationalize objections by thinking of it as a job from an employer (or words to that effect).”
The complaint also indicates that the students were required to include the url of Yucas’ petition in the work, and were also extensively photographed at work, with the intention of making it appear that they were fully supportive of the campaign.
“Professor Yucus took photos of her students in the process of drafting and creating the posters, but did not say how these would be used,” says the complaint. “The posters were then hung in the hallways of the Fain Arts building, giving the impression of student support.”
It appears that some of the photographs were used by Yucas on a now deleted Facebook page:
It is against the law in Texas for teachers, professors or any other state representative to use their positions to mandate that others participate in political campaigns.
A spokesperson for the University told Campus Reform that although Yucas has not been suspended, they are taking the case very seriously.
“It is a serious offense,” said Betty Stewart, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the university.“My first step is to speak with students directly after reading the report that I received. Then I will speak with the professor.” she added.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.