Complaints obtained for KSU professor under investigation

Complaints obtained for KSU professor under investigation
Pino addresses media after returning to class. (Source: WOIO)

KENT, OH (WOIO) - The Kent State University professor who made headlines last month in an ongoing terrorist probe has nearly 30 complaints against him that were not included in his personnel file that we reported on last month.

When the investigation was first made public, Cleveland 19 made an additional public records request for all student, faculty, parent and community complaints filed against Dr. Julio Pino.

The Cleveland 19 Investigative Unit reviewed the complaints received late Thursday afternoon, many of which were from community members and people from out of state. There were eight complaints from students, potential students, parents and alumni.

In 2012, Pino was forced to take sensitivity training and a sexual harassment course after a student of Islamic background asked to be treated as a Muslim princess. Pino responded "fine" to her request, then threw a sheet over her head and told her to shut up. In the same complaint, Pino mentioned that he had gone online to view rap artist Snoop Dog's b****es, and asked her if she wanted to be one of them. The complaint was reviewed by the campus' Affirmative Action facilitator and Pino was reprimanded.  In another filing, Pino is accused of telling a Jewish student to burn in hell, which was submitted anonymously.

Just last month, a student reported that Professor Pino was calling KSU President Beverly Warren a "dictator" and used the racial slur N-word repeatedly throughout the student's classes.

Throughout most of the complaints filed and their responses, there are two common themes. The first is that people want Pino removed from the university. The second theme is the response of the university. Kent State University representatives stated in various responses that they found Pino's "statements and behavior reprehensible and irresponsible."

Cleveland 19 News filed a third records request, looking into the number of students who have d ropped his courses since the FBI investigation into possible terrorist links was announced. When we get those numbers, we'll let you know!

Until then, the tenured professor remains under investigation and in the classroom this semester, teaching two courses on Thursdays according to Kent State University.

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