A radical professor who once wished for “White Genocide” for Christmas and wanted to “vomit” after seeing someone give up their first-class airline seat to a soldier, is currently under investigation by his embattled employer, Drexel University, citing negative coverage that led to fleeing students and donors.
George Ciccariello-Maher has repeatedly come under fire for his outspoken social media posts. Last year December, the professor has shocked the people after saying “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide”. More recently came his much-criticized comment about the uniformed soldier on the airline.
Philadelphia-based Drexel had previously investigated the “white genocide” tweets and ended up claiming that its professor’s comments fell under the category of “protected speech” and that he wouldn’t lose his job.
But according to documents acquired by InsideHigherEd, Drexel Provost Brian Blake sent an email to Ciccariello in this month, advising him that the institution will conduct “a special committee of inquiry to investigate your conduct and provide findings and recommendations to me concerning your extremely damaging conduct.”
The Provost (the university’s chief academic and financial officer) added that the professor’s behavior “has left me with no choice but to ensure that an appropriate review is conducted in order to deal with this serious distraction to the important academic mission of the university.”
The reason for Drexel’s renewed interest in “investigating” Ciccariello? It appears that the professor’s social media posts been driving away many potential students and donors, a lifeline of financial support for the privately-owned university.
“Numerous prospective students whom the university has admitted have written to the university stating that they will not attend,” Provost Blake wrote, noting that “at least two potential significant donors to the university have withheld previously promised donations.”
In addition, due to Ciccariello’s inflammatory tweets have led to “the nearly unmanageable volume of venomous calls” received by the administration, according to Blake. The university even considered “turning off its phones” for a few days.