Drexel Faces Backlash From Donors, Students Over Professor's Offensive Tweets
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Drexel University is reportedly facing a backlash from donors and prospective students, prompting an investigation by the school into some offensive tweets by a professor.
George Ciccariello-Maher wrote last Christmas about how he wanted "white genocide" and last month he wrote that he wanted to "vomit" when he saw an airline passenger give up his seat to a U.S. soldier.
The school is concerned about the repercussions of Ciccariello-Maher's tweets, including another anti-police message in which he wrote "off the pigs."
The tweets, and the resulting complaints to the private Philadelphia school, triggered an April 3 email from the university's provost to Ciccariello-Maher about his "extremely damaging conduct."
According to reports, the email informed him about the formation of "a special committee of inquiry to investigate your conduct and provide findings and recommendations."
The provost wrote that "at least two potential significant donors to the university have withheld previously promised donations," while numerous prospective students said they would not attend due to the inflammatory comments.
Additionally, Pennsylvania State Senate President Joe Scarnati (R-Punxsutawney) and State Sens. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) wrote a letter to Drexel administration demanding Ciccariello-Maher be fired.