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Continued support for Ferris State University professors on vacation

FIRE offers Mehler a free lawyer through a legal defense fund in the hope of returning Mehler to the classroom.

Big Rapids, Michigan — With soaring views on controversial videos, many are helping Professor Barry Meller of Ferris State University on leave.

And not only online, but in some cases in the form of legal assistance.

“Yes, we have determined that this is a protected speech,” says Aaron Tar, Head of the Foundation’s Program for Individual Rights in Education. “At public universities, faculty members have the right to the First Amendment and have academic freedom.”

Therefore, FIRE contacted Mehler. A national nonprofit heard of Mehler when his video went viral this week and jumped to defend his rights as a professor.

“They have the freedom to decide how to teach the course and how to provide the content of the course,” explains Terr. “Even if some people may find their speech unpleasant or unpleasant.”

FIRE offers Mehler a free lawyer through a legal defense fund in the hope of returning Mehler to the classroom.

“I’m asking Ferris State University to stop Professor Mehler’s investigation right away and return to the classroom right away because there really isn’t anything to investigate here,” says Terr.

Dr. William Thompson, a public health authority who has known Mehler for 30 years, agrees.

“I don’t know why the college couldn’t allow me to return to teaching online in the last semester of his long successful career,” says Thompson.

Thompson has been cited in dozens of peer-reviewed publications, including several publications on COVID-19. He says the mailer’s argument about feeling unsafe is valid.

“If I were in his position and I was 74, I would retire now,” says Thompson. “Because what do you want to do? Do you want to die the last semester you are teaching?”

In another trending part of the video, Mehler says his grades are determined by “predestination” and students can’t say anything about what they will be.

Thompson believes Mailer wasn’t serious about it, but he pays attention to his remaining complaints.

“I think the bigger point he was insisting on trying to make it happen is the life-threatening situation that college wants me to enroll in,” says Thompson.

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Continued support for Ferris State University professors on vacation

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