Middle East studies in the News
College Suspends Christian Student For Challenging Muslim Professor
by Matthew Balan
Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida suspended Marshall Polstonafter he challenged his Muslim professor over her claims about Christianity, according to a March 25, 2017 item on the website Central Florida Post.
The controversy, which has been picked up by multiple conservative websites, started when Polston challenged Professor Areeje Zufariover her "assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus was a hoax and that his disciples did not believe he was God." The student claimed that after this confrontation, Zufari "promptly failed him on a major essay and refused to provide input as to why she issued a 52% grade for the essay."
The faculty member escalated the issue after she reported Polston to the college's office of campus safety for "making her feel 'unsafe.'" She even sought the advice of the local chapter of the ACLU over her student's "hate speech."
The campus safety department interviewed the student and told him he was facing "probable suspension," since he was supposedly "making Rollins College 'unsafe' because of his difference of opinion with Professor Zufari."
Rollins College's dean of students sent Polston a suspension letter on March 24, 2017. The letter contended that the student's "actions have constituted a threat of disruption within the operations of the College and jeopardize the safety and well-being of members of the College community and yourself." He was forbidden from attending classes, campus activities, and from having contact with the professor.
Zufari also filed a police report against Polston for allegedly violating this order, according to the Central Florida Post account. The College Fix website obtained a copy of this police report, and included it in their Monday article on the controversy:
However, Polston stated that he was nowhere near the campus on that day, and provided a video still from a restaurant visit to back up his claim. He decried his former professor's conduct against him: "I will be releasing witness statements shortly proving I could not have been where Professor Zufari said I was Thursday night. It's shameful that she lied to the police."Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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