VIDEO: University reinstates prof who went on hateful anti-Republican classroom rant

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

  • 'Old Republicans... raped' the country, he told his students.
  • He was suspended... but he kept his $146,510 salary.
  • The professor at Michigan State University (MSU) who was removed from his teaching duties after he was caught in a secret video recording angrily berating conservatives, will return to the classroom early next year. 

    William Penn, the creative writing professor was caught on camera bashing Mitt and Ann Romney and ranting against “old Republicans” who he says “raped” the country, according to a student who made a secret recording of the class. 

    MSU officials swiftly suspended Penn at the beginning of the semester, after Campus Reform published the video, secretly recorded by student Evan Schrange. 

    WATCH: MSU Professor William Penn goes on anti-Republican rant


    In that same soliloquy, Penn also slammed former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, claimed the Republican Party is racist, and suggested it's members engage in systematic voter suppression to prevent “black people” from voting.

    The video garnered large national media attention and Penn was relieved of teaching duties for the semester, but was allowed to continue to collect his $146,510 a year salary. He will begin teaching again on Jan. 6, 2014. 

    MLive also reported that Penn’s on-camera rant has prompted a school-wide review of in class social media policies.

    "In the meantime, as part of MSU's commitment to create a learning environment characterized by mutual respect and civility, a faculty committee created by Academic Governance continues to review the responsibilities of faculty members and the impact of social media on teaching and learning,” reads a school statement.

    MSU spokesman Kent Cassella did not return request for comment from Campus Reform in time for publication.

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    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Former Reporter
    Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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