Clyde Magarelli was recorded by freshman student Benny Koval, 18, of Fair Lawn, giving lectures during the spring semester that Koval later posted on social media. The controversy was first reported by The Jewish Standard.
In them, he denies the moon landing took place, says he was a former U.S. spy while working on campus and argues that the Irish were the first slaves in the United States, among other things, as reported by northjersey.com.
Magarelli also told students that the Gestapo were not a terrorist force for most of its existence. His claims on these subjects mirror those made by a few others, and have been repeatedly debunked by historians and experts.
Koval did not file a formal complaint with the university because, she said in a letter posted to Twitter, that the complaint paperwork would require her to agree to a “quasi-gag order.”
The university is reviewing the matter, Mary Beth Zeman, spokesperson for William Paterson, said Tuesday.
“Our commitment to academic excellence is addressed in one of the University’s five core values: ‘As individuals and as an institution, we seek to model and to impart to our students the highest standards of knowledge, inquiry, preparation, academic freedom and integrity, as well as an expanded sense of what an individual can accomplish,'” she said in an emailed statement.
Magarelli was under investigation by the university in February 1994, according to an article in The Beacon, the William Paterson University student newspaper, shared on Koval’s Twitter page, after a student complained and dropped Magarelli’s class because he felt belittled by statements the professor made.
Koval has also been known to be outspoken. Last year she shared on social media a statement made by school administrators who publicly shamed students who owed money.
She also was reprimanded by school administrators two years ago for a pro-Palestine Tweet that was deemed as bullying.