Weeks after a derogatory e-mail from an MSU professor to the Muslim Students’ Association was made public, student groups are still rallying for a public reprimand from the university.
Mechanical engineering professor Indrek Wichman wrote an e-mail on Feb. 28, using his university account, in response to the students’ protests of the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
In the e-mail, Wichman wrote, “If you do not like the values of the West. . .you are free to leave.
“I counsul you dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile ‘protests.'”
The association called for a public admonishment of the professor’s actions by the university. The group’s newly elected president, Maryam Khalil, said it didn’t get the response it wanted from the university when it first met with administration officials.
“So we went public with it,” Khalil said. “To see if they were still going to budge a little bit more for the public reprimand.”
So far, the university has responded by saying that Wichman’s opinions are his alone and do not fall into the university’s harassment policies. The university has also acknowledged Wichman’s freedom of speech rights.