HCC professor who shouted ‘seig heil,’ gave Nazi salute, fired
BRIDGEPORT - An assistant professor of business at Housatonic Community College, who shouted “seig heil” and used a Nazi salute at a university meeting, has been fired.
Charles Meyrick actions happened at a meeting of faculty and administrators from the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities at Manchester Community College on Nov. 2 last year.
“Mr. Meyrick’s actions took place just days after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and triggered several participants to exit the facility out of fear for their safety,” CSCU President Mark Ojakian said. “Our state colleges and universities aim to foster a welcoming learning environment, and these threatening actions go far beyond acceptable discourse.”
A Charles Meyrick, reached at his home by phone, said he had no comment.
HCC President Paul Broadie II said the disturbance, which included Meyrick shouting “seig heil” and using a Nazi salute for over 10 minutes, caused colleagues to become unnerved and fearful that violence would erupt.
The meeting was held to discuss aligning curriculum across the 12 community college campuses.
Mark Ojakian, president of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, said he was horrified when staff told him about the incident.
The meeting was held to discuss aligning curriculum across the state’s community colleges
“Some began looking for exits and many left the room because they felt threatened and unsafe.,” Broadie said in a statement.
Based on the findings of the administrative investigation, Meyrick engaged in serious misconduct, which forms the just cause basis for his termination, effective at close of business today, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to Broadie.
“The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities aspire to the highest standards of ethical and professional integrity,” Broadie said. “Open and free expression is encouraged, but this behavior is not in keeping with our standard for personal and professional conduct.”
Broadie said the investigation also yielded evidence of a history of Meyrick’s increasingly alarming behavior over a period of several months.
“Numerous witnesses reported fear of attending meetings with Meyrick in the future. Others expressed reluctance to speak with investigators for fear of retaliation.”
On the Housatonic website, Meyrick, 67, lists his focus as economic and finance and says he began teaching in 2009, after spending 34 years at IBM.
His bio says his work at IBM took him to Europe, Asia and Mexico, including overseas assignments in Paris and Tokyo. In his spare time, it says he likes to read and play videogames. His current favorite economist is Frédéric Bastiat.