The University of Florida’s decision to revise its policy of scrutinizing faculty requests to participate as expert witnesses in public-policy litigation has led several UF professors to seek dismissal of their lawsuit against the university.

Six UF professors were involved in the lawsuit, which originally was filed in the Northern District of Florida in November 2021. Last month, the plaintiffs filed a motion for voluntary dismissal without prejudice, contending that the university’s change in policy in October made the litigation moot.

The policy that was challenged allowed unconstitutional “content and viewpoint discrimination” whenever faculty members sought permission to testify as expert witnesses in litigation involving Florida public policy, according to the motion to dismiss.