Professor settles for $95,000 with university after profane rant video

Barry Mehler’s video, which then-Ferris State president David Eisler called appalling, racked up more than 500,000 clicks on YouTube.

A Michigan professor who was suspended after telling his students they were “vectors of disease” in a profanity-laced video has settled a legal battle with the university by accepting a $95,000 payout and agreeing to retire.

Barry Mehler, a former professor of humanities at Ferris State University, also agreed to a gag order that would see him have to pay the school $60,000 if he criticizes it over the next three years, according to the settlement documents, recently obtained by the Associated Press.

Mehler, 75, sued Ferris State after he was suspended for posting a wacky 14-minute rant on YouTube at the start of the semester in January that touched on COVID-19, plagiarism, academic performance, Native Americans, cigarettes and the HBO series “Deadwood.”

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