"Michigan State University is committed to creating a learning environment that is characterized by mutual respect and civility where diverse ideas can be explored.
On Sept. 3, university leaders were made aware of several statements made by Professor William Penn in a classroom. Once MSU was made aware of the situation the Office of the Provost immediately began a review.
The dean of the College of Arts and Letters and a representative from the provost's office met with Penn, who acknowledged that some of his comments were inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive and may have negatively affected the learning environment.
Penn's teaching duties have been reassigned to others. Students' education will continue as scheduled with alternate instructors."
--Kent Cassella, MSU spokesman
MSU professor William Penn is under fire after a video of him ranting about the Republican Party went viral, Wednesday.
Students who were present in Penn's IAH 207: Literature, Comedy & Perception class that day say they were surprised by the remarks, but don't believe he should be punished.
Penn has since been reassigned to another class and won't be teaching IAH 207 anymore.
News 10's Anthony Sabella has the full story at 6.
You can watch the remarks he made in the classroom here: