A Florida law school professor and the university where he teaches are at odds over his employment status—he says he has been fired, and the school says he is still employed—as faculty members have spoken out to condemn his offensive Twitter activity.
Last week, University of Miami School of Law professor Daniel Ravicher posted a handful of tweets that were deemed racially insensitive and unprofessional by students and colleagues. That led to a phone call with Dean Anthony E. Varona wherein the dean told Ravicher his contract would not be renewed if he didn’t change his pattern of tweets and issue an apology, Ravicher told Law.com in an interview.
Then Ravicher, whose contract expires in May 2022, tweeted Friday morning that he had been fired.
“I’ve been fired because I refuse to censor my speech and apologize, in addition to satisfying other yet to be defined requirements,” the tweet read. “The only uncertainty is when my last day will be, either the end of my contract or sooner if the school can fabricate a performance related reason.”
But according to his employer, Ravicher has not been fired.
“Professor Daniel Ravicher, a lecturer at the School of Law, has not been terminated, nor has he been removed from his course. We are not sure why he is saying or suggesting otherwise,” Varona said in a statement.