Olga Perez-Stable Cox, the professor who termed President Trump’s election victory as “an act of terrorism” in a video recorded by students in class last fall has been awarded the OCC’s Faculty of the Year Award, Costa Mesa College reported. Doug Bennett, an executive director of the Orange College Foundation, had earlier erroneously reported that the Professor had turned down the award and was not interested in participating in any related activities.
Republicans in the Orange County College expressed their disappointment over the decision to award Cox the honor, saying her comment was polarizing.
“This move on her part and the part of the college only serves to resurrect past tensions against both her and the College Republicans,” the group’s president told the Orange Coast Register.
This semester, Orange Coast College has sought to prevent other such recordings. Administrators posted warning signs on campus, saying that unauthorized in-class recordings were prohibited by college policy and state law. The president of the professor’s union also warned that O’Neil “may be facing legal action,” calling his recording of Cox “Gestapo tactics.”