Suppose faculty in the public health department wrote emails about an epidemic that was caused by one political party dragging its feet for ideological or religious reasons. Would email in that department on this political topic, surely likely to cause a change in how people might vote, be a violation of the proper use policies? Or wouldn't they, in fact, have a civic obligation as the state's leading experts on epidemics, to say something using state resources?
It seems more likely that Rep. Vos doesn't really understand the relevance ... and utility to the taxpayer... of academic freedom.
Capitolisms » Rep. Robin Vos pushes UW to discipline faculty over email