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UCF reinstate Charles Neji after being fired for racist tweets

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UCF reinstate Charles Neji after being fired for racist tweets

The comments led to student protests and the student senate called for its cessation.

Heads of the university, including President Alexander N. Cartwright, the statement said at the time that they were “disgusted by racist posts” and were collecting information about complaints of bias in Dr. Nega’s classes.

“If any student, current or former, believes he or she may have faced abusive or discriminatory behavior from any teacher or staff member, we want to know about it,” they wrote.

As outrage spread, Dr. Neji said he deleted the tweets “in a panic”, which he now regrets because he is behind them “100 percent”.

In January 2021, the university fired Dr. Neja, though not for his comments on Twitter, which he said are protected by the First Amendment.

In a letter of termination, citing repeated violations of university policies and regulations, the university said Dr. Neji had created a “hostile learning environment” for his students “through discriminatory persecution.”

The letter said he restrained students from complaining about his behavior in class and did not report that the student told him that in February 2014 she was sexually abused by one of his assistants.

Dr. Neji, 61, has denied the allegations and challenged his dismissal through a union complaint process.

In a ruling Monday, arbitrator Ben Falcino found that the university did not show “fair reasons” when it fired Dr. Neggi because it did not give him the opportunity to change his behavior in class or, conversely, to show that he was unable to change his behavior.

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