Student petition asks Vanderbilt to suspend conservative professor

Carol Swain
Carol Swain (Courtesy: Vanderbilt.edu)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An online petition asking Vanderbilt University to suspend a professor has received more than one thousand signatures.

Students started the petition on Change.org in response to online comments by Carol Swain, a Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.

On her YouTube channel and social media, Swain has openly criticized Islam, the LGBT community, liberals and others.

Carol Swain
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The petition accuses Swain of expressing hatred towards minorities.

“Although Ms. Swain is free to speak openly and have her own views, no matter how disagreeable they may be, it is generally unprofessional to attach your job title to a channel promoting your personally held beliefs,” the petition says. “Keeping personal beliefs and University-endorsed statements separate is crucial to maintaining the integrity of Vanderbilt’s values.”

“I post articles likely to be of interest to Christian conservatives,” Swain told News 2 by phone Monday.

Swain said some students have become brainwashed and believe that only one opinion is valid.

“I think they’re sad and pathetic, in the sense that they’re college students and they should be open to hearing more than one viewpoint,” said Swain.

The petition, which also suggests the professor undergo diversity training, had more than 1,100 signatures as of Monday night.

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