California university professor put on leave after Muslim student complains that he is a & # 39; terrorist & # 39; and an & # 39; ay-rab & # 39; called
- A professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz is on leave amid accusations that he is a Muslim student a & # 39; terrorist & # 39; and & # 39; ay-rab & # 39; called
- An Islamic student said the alleged intimidation against Professor Dimitris Achlioptas led him to restart his students in another state
- The university is investigating the & # 39; serious and disturbing & # 39; allegations and Dimitris Achliopatas is on leave
A professor at the University of California has been placed on leave amid accusations he called a Muslim student a & # 39; terrorist & # 39; and & # 39; Ay-rab. & # 39;
The incident happened last summer and the student left the school due to his & # 39; immense fear & # 39; about his treatment.
It is claimed that the University of California-Santa Cruz took more than six months to take action after a student came forward to reach potential witnesses.
University of California-Santa Cruz professor of computer science Dimitris Achlioptas, (photo), is on leave amid complaints of insulting racially and sexually charged comments to students, including calling an Islamic graduate student an & # 39; terrorist & # 39;
Dean obtained in an e-mail to the technical school The Mercury news, Islamic computer science student and engineer Professor Dimitris Achlioptas accused him of having a & # 39; terrorist & # 39; and & # 39; ay-rab & # 39; to name.
According to the complaint, the professor said the student looked like a & # 39; most wanted & # 39; poster because of his beard.
He also made sexually charged comments about his genitals and sexuality and questioned his intelligence.
The document mentioned a number of students, professors, and others who witnessed part of the alleged behavior.
A second graduate student claimed to be a witness to the & # 39; terrorist & # 39; comments in a December complaint to directors.
That male student also healed his own accusations against Achlioptas' insulting, disparaging, and sexually charged comments to him.
The two students told The Mercury News that they did not want to give their names for fear that it would harm their career.
Alexander Wolf, dean of the university's technical school (photo), said it is investigating allegations that are & # 39; serious and disturbing & # 39; and that the professor is now on leave
The Muslim student said he had to restart his studies at a university in another state.
In a statement Wednesday, Marlene Tromp, campus provost and executive vice chancellor, and Alexander Wolf, dean of the university's technical school, said the university is investigating allegations that are & # 39; serious and alarming. & # 39 ;
They also said the professor is on leave now.
The statement added: & # 39; When UC Santa Cruz first became aware of such allegations, we alerted the right campus offices for follow-up and investigation.
& # 39; We understand that our community raises the alarm that our silence on this issue indicates tolerance. This is simply not true. & # 39;
She added that & # 39; our students' safety and well-being are our top priority, and we treat allegations of misconduct – teachers, staff, or students – with seriousness and concern. & # 39;
Achlioptas & # 39; attorney Michael J. DeNiro said the university looked at alleged violations of Title IX, a part of federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, and against the faculty's Code of Conduct.
DeNiro said the university concluded that a study on Title IX was not justified. He claimed that an investigation is being conducted into alleged violations of the faculty code.
& # 39; My client is confident in the integrity of a fair trial at UCSC, and is convinced that he will be acquitted when the investigation that he has violated the faculty's Code of Conduct ends. & # 39;
He said that Achlioptas would not comment on specific allegations, because people who made them are obliged to investigate matters confidentially & # 39 ;.
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