BOCA RATON, Florida – Florida Atlantic University has issued an apology on its website following a religious-infused campus controversy earlier this week.
Florida’s governor asked the state university system chancellor to look into a classroom lesson at the school in which students were instructed to stomp on sheets of paper that had "Jesus" written on them.
Gov. Rick Scott said in a letter to State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan that he was "deeply disappointed" by the recent incident in an intercultural communications class and said it raised questions about "the lessons being taught in our classrooms." He said he wanted a report on the incident and how it was handled, as well as a statement of the university's policies to ensure such "lessons" don't occur again.
A statement published on the school’s website said the exercise was based on an example presented in a study guide to the textbook Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach, 5th Edition, written by a college professor who is unaffiliated with FAU.
“Based on the offensive nature of the exercise, we will not use it again and have issued an apology to the community,” read the statement. “It was insensitive and unacceptable. We continue to apologize to all the people who were offended and deeply regret this situation has occurred.”
The university claimed no students were forced to take part in the exercise, and the instructor told all of the students in the class that they could choose whether or not to participate.