Professor Offers Extra Credit to Students Who Attend GA Democrat's Campaign Event
A professor at a public university in Georgia offered extra credit to students if they attended a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Clayton State University criminal justice professor Andrea Allen sent an email to students encouraging them to turn out for last Tuesday's rally, which was attended by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
“Although I never offer extra credit, I’m making a one-time exception,” Allen wrote in the email. “I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the Abrams campaign along with Senator Warren are visiting campus tomorrow at 10 am in the UC commons. They would like a really big turnout. To help out I’m offering the following opportunity: If you attend, take a selfie of you at the events, and upload a pic to the folder I’m creating in D2L, I’ll add 2 bonus points to your final grade.”
In a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the university said it was aware of the extra credit being offered and has advised the professor that extra credit should be offered on an equal basis to students participating in events hosted by all political parties.
“The professor acknowledges she had made a mistake and agreed to fix it by offering extra credit for all political events," the statement read.
The university also said it does not provide support to political candidates or parties.
Additionally, Abrams’ campaign announced that they did not encourage professors to offer extra credit for attendance at the rally.
Abrams is taking on Republican Brian Kemp in a tight contest. Recent polling shows President Trump-endorsed Kemp with a two point lead, but the percentages fall within the margin of error.