In 2014, professors Bob Wood (then Dean of the Mitchell College of Business) Alex Sharland, and Teresa Weldy were photographed at an on-campus party wearing and holding blatantly racist symbols of hatred and violence towards the African-American community. These photographs were then posted on the college's Facebook for the public to see without any sign of remorse or recognition of wrong-doing. Though South says that these photographs were brought to their attention, action was taken, and the original photographs were removed in 2020, the fact that these professors are still currently employed by the University shows a deep failure to commit to a safe, welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds.
The casual racism portrayed by these professors cannot go unpunished. We are calling for the University of South Alabama to terminate these employees in order to demonstrate that racism has no place on our campus and to recommit to establishing a safe place for all who seek education here. Racism cannot simply be given a slap on the wrist. It must be addressed as the serious issue it is. We cannot have professors who partake in this kind of behavior.