UCLA professor Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial figure who has been on the receiving end of calls to “shut down” due to his opinions on race and political correctness, is out of a job.
He was fired Friday after a campus police officer wrote in his official personnel file that he was “uncomfortable with the current state of affairs.”
He also wrote that he would not stand for the national anthem at UCLA.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the news of Yiannopoulos’s termination on Friday.
His former employer, UCLA, issued a statement Saturday saying Yiannopoulos was fired after “conduct detrimental to the University and the university community.”
The statement, which did not elaborate, did not address the police officer’s decision to file a report.
The department did not provide details about the officer’s investigation.
UCLA Chancellor Michael K. Kamenetz said in a statement that “while I would not have done it, I would have defended the right to speak freely on our campus without fear of harassment.”
“It’s never easy to make decisions about who you serve or don’t serve, and I’m disappointed in Mr. Yiannopoulos, but I also believe he did the right thing by resigning his position,” Kamenetsaid.
“He has been an outstanding leader, and the University is a better place for him and the many others who have come to work knowing he will never have to do that.”
Yiannopoulos’s firing comes after several high-profile figures have come out against President Donald Trump’s comments that some players who kneel during the anthem are “sons of bitches.”
UCLA announced it was taking steps to protect the student body’s First Amendment rights.
In a statement, university President Michael B. Maloney said the university “is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”
We will work closely with the Department of Public Safety to address this matter and are committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and freedom of our student, staff or visitor.” “
The safety of our campus and our community is our highest priority.
We will work closely with the Department of Public Safety to address this matter and are committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and freedom of our student, staff or visitor.”
Malones also announced that students would be allowed to bring their own snacks to campus to avoid a spike in food and beverage sales.
Yiannopoulos is not the only prominent conservative figure to have been fired from his job.
Breitbart News reported on Thursday that University of Illinois President Michael Drake has been removed from his position as head of the university’s Department of Journalism, citing a complaint filed by former UIC student Daniel Fells.
Drake has defended the university against allegations that it mishandled an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in 2016.
The university said in the statement that Drake “will continue to serve as the leader of the UIC Department of News and Public Affairs and will not take any other positions.”
In his resignation letter to Maloney, Drake said, “I would like to make it clear that I will continue to stand by the values that have made me an outstanding and dedicated leader in journalism, as well as the values and beliefs I hold as a fellow member of the UCLA College Republicans.
I would also like to acknowledge my sincere apology to all of the students who have expressed concern about my continued employment.”
Malone said Friday that the university would continue to work to ensure the safety for students and staff, including those who are members of minority groups.
Malones and Drake will remain on leave until their investigation is completed.
Malone also announced Saturday that UCLA is launching an investigation of how the campus police department handled the death of an African-American man in October 2016.
According to a report from The Associated Press, the UCLA Police Department said that officer David Lassiter fatally shot Michael Ladd, a 26-year-old African-american, after Ladd allegedly pointed a gun at the officer and said he would “blow your fucking head off.”
The officer said he was responding to a call for a domestic disturbance, but Ladd ran away from him.
UCLA has long faced scrutiny over racial tensions on campus, including protests over the death in October of a man at a University of California, Berkeley, fraternity house.
A student group at UCLA’s school called for an end to the campus black-studies program last fall.
In August, UCLA students voted to oust Maloney as the school’s president.
Malons approval rating dipped to 24 percent in a recent poll of students.
The poll, conducted by the university-owned Los Angeles-based polling firm BrandIndex, found that 53 percent of UCLA students said they had “a lot of confidence” in Malones leadership.
“His record speaks for itself,” said David L. O’Connell, a BrandIndex professor who conducted the poll.
“I think people are very concerned about this.”