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Maischak placed on paid leave after Trump tweets

Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro announced Tuesday that history professor Dr. Lars Maischak was immediately placed on paid leave for the remainder of the spring semester.

The decision came after deliberation between university administration and the California Faculty Association. Maischak’s standing for next year is still being decided.

Maischak was temporarily suspended from teaching classes after a federal investigation was opened up on him for statements he tweeted about President Donald Trump.

Tweets from February which included him stating that Trump should “hang” were brought to light in an article by Breitbart News, a far-right news and opinion website. The news quickly worried some members of the campus community about their safety leading to Maischak’s immediate suspension.

Students were notified during the weekend that their class with Maischak would be canceled on Monday and Tuesday until the university reached a decision on the future of the lecturer.

Maischak currently teaches five sections of American history to more than 200 students. Substitute professors have been assigned to cover the classes for the remainder of the semester.