- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Wisconsin college professor said in an email to students that she understood if they couldn’t collect all the necessary data to complete their homework — the tea party shut down the government.

“Some of the data gathering assignment will be impossible to complete until the Republican/tea party controlled House of Representatives agrees to fund the government,” said Rachel Slocum, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in an email to students reported by Fox News.

She continued: “The Census website, for instance, is closed. Please do what you can on the assignment. Those parts you are unable to do because of the shutdown will have to wait until Congress decides we actually need a government. Please listen to the news and be prepared to turn in the assignment quickly once our nation re-opens.”

A student reported the professor’s political commentary to The College Fix, and school officials subsequently took action.

“It would be inappropriate to use partisan politics in a class, so we contacted the professor in question,” Chancellor Joe Gow said to Fox News. “We want to be sure our students feel that they can have a different opinion from others on campus. [Ms. Slocum] can have a personal conversation with someone but this email was for an online class so the message is more in an official capacity.”




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