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USF Poly student reprimanded for "attacking" emails against a split

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Update: Dr. Lloyd responded to our request seeking an explanation, and said student privacy laws prohibit her from talking about the e-mails.

The feathers keep flying.

A couple weeks after state leaders voted to delay the University of South Florida Polytechnic's bid for independence, a student was reprimanded for sending critical e-mails to members of the school's student government. The student, Mike Nacrelli, is one of several USF Poly students who have been vocal in their opposition to splitting the campus from the USF mothership.

His e-mails, leading up to the Florida Board of Governors's decision, blast SG leaders for urging the rest of the students to remain quiet in the debate to allow USF Poly president Kathryn Bevilacqua to speak for them with "one voice."

"Are you asking us to conform with blind allegiance?" one e-mail reads. "Should we remain silent in the face of what we perceive as a threat to the Student Body? Do you want us all to grant unconditional loyalty to you?"

In a letter sent to Nacrelli last week, USF Poly dean of students Jan Lloyd wrote that he had violated the student code of conduct by "personally attacking" the SG members to the extent that several are now "very uncomfortable." Because of Nacrelli's failure to follow instructions and disruptive conduct, Lloyd wrote, he must meet with her to discuss the matter. And until then, a hold has been placed on his records.

In copies of those e-mails, sent to the Times by another USF Poly student, nowhere does Nacrelli threaten violence or any physical harm.

We are waiting on a response from Lloyd as to how exactly Nacrelli's critical e-mails rise to the level of administrative intervening.

When it came time for the meeting, Bevilacqua never ended up speaking, with Michael Long, the board's student member, instead reading survey results that showed a majority of USF students opposed a split. So did faculty, several state senators, and more than 200 community members.

The board voted to allow USF Poly to split off anyway, but only after they reached a number of conditions that will take at least three to five years.

[Last modified: Monday, November 28, 2011 3:21pm]

    

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