Florida Atlantic University has issued a formal apology to a student that was facing academic charges after he complained about a professor who ordered the class to write the name â€œJesusâ€ on pieces of paper and then stomp on the paper.
Ryan Rotela, a student at FAU, was accused of violating the student code of conduct after he reported his instructor to university administrators. He was removed from the class, ordered not to contact fellow students, and was facing possible suspension or expulsion â€“ pending the outcome of a student hearing.
But after a massive national outcry, the university reversed course Monday afternoon and cleared the devout Mormon student of all accusations.
â€œThere will be no punishment,â€ said Hiram Sasser, Rotelaâ€™s attorney. â€œThey are wiping the record clean for Ryan. They are reinstating him for a plan to complete the course without that professor.â€
Sasser, the director of litigation for the Liberty Institute, told Fox News that the university was deeply apologetic.
â€œThe university apologized profusely,â€ Sasser said. â€œOne of the university officials told us lots of people were offended by the assignment and they were very sorry about that.â€
Corey King, the universityâ€™s dean of students, told Fox News they could not comment on the specifics of the Rotela incident â€“ but reiterated their remorse for the offensive class assignment.
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