Charleston Southern Disputes Reports on Fired Professor

June 4, 2014

Charleston Southern University has been facing widespread criticism online for firing a professor for, he says, allowing his image to be used on a beer can for a fund-raiser, apparently offending the anti-alcohol stance of some at the Baptist university. On Tuesday, the university issued a statement criticizing the coverage of the dismissal of Paul Roof, whose former students and others say he was among the best faculty members at the university, The Post and Courier reported. Most articles have suggested that it was the image of a professor on a beer can that caused the problem, not that Roof was fired either for drinking or having a beard (he is known for his beard). The Charleston Southern statement doesn't say why Roof was fired, but says that "it should be clear that the matter involving Dr. Roof is, in no way, premised upon the actual consumption of alcohol. Second, the matter has nothing to do with the presence of facial hair. Thirdly, charitable activities among faculty and staff are encouraged by the university."

Roof responded on his Facebook page, saying: "You are old school friends, colleagues, students, business owners, church members, beard community friends, and much more from all across the city, the state and the country. Community is about helping each other in times of need. You have been here for me and I will be there for you."


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