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Fresno State to hold community forum over embattled professor's tweets

Tweeting profs' link to Arizona state mental health line draws Fresno State apology

Fresno State President Joseph Castro talks about the tweet sent out by Randa Jarrar that included a phone number to Arizona State's mental health outline.
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Fresno State President Joseph Castro talks about the tweet sent out by Randa Jarrar that included a phone number to Arizona State's mental health outline.

While Fresno State President Joseph Castro announced last week that professor Randa Jarrar would not be fired for her controversial tweets, the aftermath is still being felt around campus.

To address those feelings, the university is hosting a community forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Save Mart Center, university president Joseph Castro announced Monday night preceding a lecture in the arena by presidential historian Michael Beschloss.

Earlier Monday, Castro announced that a campus form will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at North Gym 118. Castro will be on hand, along with Fresno State Academic Senate chair Thomas Holyoke, student body president Blake Zante and members of Castro's leadership team. The event replaces an administrative roundtable that had been scheduled for the day.

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Statement from Fresno State president Joseph Castro.

"The last couple of weeks have proven to be challenging for many colleagues," Castro wrote in a statement announcing the forum.

"I look forward to seeing you there and hearing from you directly," he wrote.

The Wednesday forum is open only to faculty, staff and students.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

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