‘Profane, offensive’: Ferris professor on leave over course video

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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A professor at Ferris State University has been placed on administrative leave because of a course video given to students.

“I was shocked and appalled by this video. It is profane, offensive and disturbing and in no way reflects our University or its values,” Ferris President David Eisler said in a statement.

The university in a statement said it was “aware” of the course video that was distributed to students in early January. It said it is believed Professor Barry Mehler distributed the video.

Mehler is a tenured history professor at the school and the founder of the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism.

The profanity-laced video can be found on YouTube.

“I work at a paying (expletive)  union job, and no …. of an administrator is going to tell me how to teach my classes, because I’m a (expletive) tenured professor. So, if you want to go complain to your dean, (expletive) you, go ahead, I’m retiring at the end of this year and I couldn’t give a flying (expletive) any longer,” the professor is heard saying in the video, before telling students to stay away from him due to COVID-19.

He goes on to explain his words are adapted from an episode of the TV show “Deadwood.”

“Is my adaptation of this scene plagiarism?” he asks, before discussing what plagiarism is.

He has been placed on administrative leave as the university investigates the incident, the school said. The school said it would have no further comment because it’s a personnel matter.

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