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Students Rally Behind Fired Professor

Students Rally Behind Fired Professor

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Southern Utah University students are rallying behind a professor who was fired after he let the F-word slip during a heated class discussion.

The students have created a Web site to vent their frustrations about what they perceive as injustices on campus that contributed to Roberds' firing.

The Web site has a forum, links to articles on Roberds' termination and graphic drawings, including one that depicts administration holding Roberds' head with text that declares, "We got him boys."

University officials said they are bound by policy NOT to comment on personnel matters.

But Southern Utah Faculty Senate President David Rees says Roberds' use of the F-word was NOT the basis for his termination.

He told The Spectrum of St. George that there were other factors in the firing. Those include Roberds' alleged practice of stifling students' opinions that were different from his own by name calling and using an intimidating, loud voice.

Roberds alleged in an e-mail to media outlets last week that the university has an oppressive climate.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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