Eric Linsker, a part-time lecturer of English at Baruch College, faces felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident with police during a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge on December 13, 2014. These charges include assault in the second degree, riot in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of marijuana. The College has reviewed the criminal complaint, as well as publicly available videotapes.
In November 2014, Baruch College and Queens College both assigned Mr. Linsker, pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement, to teach one course for the spring session beginning January 28, 2015.
Baruch College, as well as Queens College, have now determined, after consultation with University administration and legal counsel, that it is in the best interests of its students to relieve Mr. Linsker of teaching duties and to reassign him to academic support functions in the English department. Other faculty have been assigned to teach in Mr. Linsker’s place. Mr. Linsker's status as a part-time lecturer will be reevaluated following the disposition of the criminal charges against him.