The professor who tweeted “Trump must hang” will return to teaching in the spring 2018 semester, but only in an online capacity.
California State University, Fresno history professor Lars Maischak will teach two online courses in spring 2018 after the school prevented him from teaching in the fall 2017 semester, according to correspondence obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“This spring semester, Dr. Lars Maischak has been assigned to teach three online History 11 and two online History 12 courses,” said Paula Castadio, Fresno State’s vice president for university advancement, to TheDCNF. “During this fall semester, Dr. Maischak has been responsible for converting these courses to an online format.”
Castadio noted that each of those five courses had a capacity of 50 students and said she believed each was filled.
Fresno State previously pulled Maischak out of the classroom after the discovery of tweets in which he said “to save American democracy, Trump must hang” and “Justice = The execution of two Republicans for each deported immigrant,” among others things. While the professor later apologized for the tweets, he has also insisted that they were wrenched from context and alleged that the university told him it hoped threats he purportedly received encouraged him to resign in an interview with Salon. (RELATED: ‘Trump Must Hang’ Prof: Trump Supporters ‘Believe They Are Better By Virtue Of Their Race’)
“The University does not disclose the contents of discussions involving personnel matters of individual employees,” Castadio told TheDCNF when asked about that supposed statement.
“The decisions for teaching assignments are based on the academic needs of the University,” said Castadio when asked why Fresno State had permitted Maischak to teach again. Maischak “was most knowledgeable of these courses since he converted them to an online format.”
The vice president said that the school was not free to discuss whether the professor would be returning to teach in a full-time capacity, but did note that Fresno State allowed Maischak on campus, where his office is located.
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