University suspends professors for Confederate-themed Halloween photo amid calls for firings

Three professors from the University of South Alabama were put on leave while the university faces pressure to fire them over a Halloween costume that critics deemed racist.

University President Tony Waldrop announced their suspension Friday and said an independent investigation into the incident would be conducted by attorney Suntrease Williams-Maynard. The three professors in question are Bob Wood, then-dean of the business school who was wearing a Confederate soldier’s garb in the photo from a Halloween party in 2014, while professors Alex Sharland and Teresa Weldy were allegedly holding up nooses in the photo.

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