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Photo: Campus entrance to the University of Florida in Gainesville. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The University of Florida's accreditor on Monday announced plans to investigate the university over the decision to bar three professors from providing testimony in a case against the state, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Why it matters: The accreditor's inquiry comes days after the state's flagship university prevented faculty members from sharing expertise in a case challenging the new Republican-backed state election law.

  • The university's decision to reject the professors' request for permission to testify could have far-reaching free speech implications for higher education faculty across Florida, Axios' Ben Montgomery writes.
  • UF denied the requests on the grounds that the "activities are adverse to its interests," the university said in a statement Saturday.

What they're saying: "The two [violations] that have arisen from the articles that we’ve read are the ones on impacting academic freedom and undue political influence," Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, told the Times.

  • “If we find something else, we can always look into them as well," she added.

UF did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Go deeper: University of Florida bars professors from testifying in voting rights case

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Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

Florida's football woes

The Sunshine State is having a college football season to forget.

Driving the news: Entering Saturday, Florida's seven FBS programs are a combined 28-42. None are ranked, and just one has a winning record.

Updated Nov 18, 2021 - Health

Florida governor signs bills limiting COVID vaccine mandates

Flordia Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Thursday four bills passed by Republicans that protect workers who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Why it matters: With the bills signed, Florida becomes the first state with a law imposing possible fines on companies that require a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, CNN reports.

Updated 2 hours ago - Health

The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.