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Tuesday, February 07, 2023

The panel of faculty and students that will look into Monday's Tasering incident will be ready next week, said Rick Yost, chair of UF's Faculty Senate.

After a Faculty Senate meeting Thursday afternoon, Yost said he had received about a dozen e-mails from faculty members interested in joining the panel.

Yost said the panel would consist of four students, four faculty members and a fifth faculty member who would serve as the panel's chair.

UF President Bernie Machen announced the creation of the panel at a press conference Tuesday afternoon following the Monday Tasering and arrest of Andrew Meyer, a UF telecommunication senior.

Yost said he had originally suggested choosing the panel members before the meeting on Thursday, but he later decided it would be unwise to stop the search too soon.

One of the main discussions of the meeting was the panel's creation. Yost said many faculty members have offered suggestions about what the panel should focus on.

The panel will review the Tasering incident, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's investigation findings and UF's protocol on handling similar situations, he said.

Yost said narrowing down the most qualified candidates for the panel would be difficult, but compared with work the members will do, his role is easy.

"After I create a panel of discussion, my job is over," he said with a laugh. "They've got to talk about the hard stuff."

Student Body President Ryan Moseley will choose the four students on the panel.

Wednesday afternoon, Moseley said he had already received more than 20 e-mails from interested students.

He said he hasn't decided if he'll include students who were at the event on the panel.

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On one hand, he said it would be helpful to have input from students who actually witnessed the incident.

Then again, he added, a panel of students who can look at the findings without established opinions about the event might be more open-minded.

"We're looking for students who can be impartial and objective, whether they were there or not," he said.

As for what Moseley thinks about Monday's event, he said he doesn't have the luxury to share his opinion "because of my day job."

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