Professor Suspended for Giving Nazi Salute

November 12, 2018

Charles Meyrick, an assistant professor of business and economics at Housatonic Community College, is reportedly on leave after giving a Nazi salute during a recent meeting of faculty members and administrators from the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. Some at the meeting said that Meyrick appeared agitated -- possibly about a plan to consolidate the system into a single college -- and held his salute for five or 10 minutes, according to the Hartford Courant. Meyrick reportedly put his hand down after campus police arrived.

A college system spokesperson told the Courant that Meyrick is on paid leave pending an investigation into the incident. “The reports of a faculty member’s outburst at a meeting last week, including the use of a Nazi salute, which required campus police to respond are appalling and unacceptable,” Mark Ojakian, system president, said in a statement Friday. Meyrick did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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