One university professor’s expectation that students adhere to basic rules of decorum and keep their feet off of the desks in her classroom has ended up in hot water for the second time. She was originally suspended after an incident on November 12. Now, after just one week into the spring semester, the professor was suspended again.
Anita Moss, a senior lecturer of biology at the University of Texas – San Antonio, was recently suspended over “a new concern regarding classroom management,” according to a report by the Daily Wire.
Previously, Moss was removed from her classroom for the remainder of the fall semester after an incident that led her to call the police on a disruptive student. One student claimed that the professor called the cops because the other student “had her feet up.”
So this happened today in class, a girl had her feet up and the professor called the police after calling our class uncivil 😬 pic.twitter.com/spq0ShXiFU
— Apurva Rawal (@ApurvaYRawal) November 12, 2018
Moss was accused of being racist when she involved law enforcement, though a subsequent investigation found that there was no racial motive.
Even the student involved stated that she did not think race was a factor.
Moss took required classroom management training and was allowed to begin teaching again at the start of the spring semester. However, after just one week, she was suspended for the second time.
This most recent suspension appears to center on Moss’ syllabus, which includes a rule that forbids students from putting their “legs or feet on the classroom furniture.” Other prohibited activities include talking or sleeping during class, and having headphones on or ear buds in while she is teaching.
In a statement regarding the most recent incident, UTSA Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Epsy said, “A preliminary inquiry revealed that despite persistent and substantive intervention, there remain persistent concerns with Dr. Moss’ classroom management that warrant her relief from all instructional responsibilities at this time.”
Some other students appear to be siding with Moss, including Jenna Wells, who started a petition on Change.org requesting that Moss be allowed back in the classroom.
“The university ensured us that the events from last semester had been resolved, however they are resurfacing as she is being deemed unfit to lead and control her classroom,” said Wells in the petition. “We the students disagree and would like to see her reinstated to her position as our A&P 1 professor.”