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Rutgers announces the punishment for professor accused of making anti-Semitic comments

Professor Michael Chikindas.

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A of the Rutgers University professor accused of posting anti-Semitic rants on his Facebook page, loses his role as a director and will no longer be permitted to teach required classes, the school announced.

Michael Chikindas, a professor in the food science department, allegedly posted dozens of anti-Jewish and anti-israeli comments on his page about a few months, as Fox News has reported.

One of his posts said the Armenian genocide was orchestrated by the Jews, for example. Although the professor claimed that his Facebook page was hacked, he did not deny sharing some of the images, the commentary, and the cartoons as anti-Semitic.

Rutgers President Robert Barchi, who had previously said the professor’s messages were protected by “academic freedom,” said Jan. 8 instruction for the university community that Chikindas will not teach required courses, and will be removed from his position as director of the Center for the Health of your Digestive system at the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health.

Winants Hall at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N. J.

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Chikindas, a professor at Rutgers since 1998 who earned tenure in 2007, will be subject to cultural sensitivity of the training and is “subject to continuous monitoring, if and when he is back in the classroom,” Barchi said.

“This is a sad and deeply distressing situation for our students and our employees and for our faculty, which stand for a lot more noble values as expressed by this particular professor,” Barchi told the university in his statement.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, SAYS PROFESSOR ANTI-SEMITIC COMMENTS PROTECTED BY ‘ACADEMIC FREEDOM’

The university is also looking to further disciplinary action by the procedures of Annex H of the collective bargaining agreement with the faculty union.

“The university is and must always be a place that challenges students to wrestle with complex and even controversial ideas, this situation has threatened the trust between teachers and students is a prerequisite to learning.”

He continued: “It is our hope that we can navigate in these difficult conversations together and that, after being tested by these challenges, we can emerge stronger and with a renewed appreciation of our common bonds.”

Chikindas not return an e-mail looking for comment on this latest development in the field of NJ.com but he told the outlet in October:

“I myself do not identify as an anti-Semite. It is my life-long credo that all men are created equal, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, and wealth. I am just as intolerant to all forms of racism, without any exclusions,” Chikindas said via e-mail. “The photos I shared from other Facebook pages are not deleted by the Facebook mediators, which made me think that they are not violating the rules, while raising a question of the possible racist nature of Zionism.”

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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