According to Catherine Sivills, Murray State University’s assistant vice president for communications, MSU political science professor Mark Wattier has initiated his retirement process from the university. Earlier this week it was reported that Wattier was on suspension following an allegation that he made a racial remark to a black student in class last August.

In a recent telephone interview with the Ledger & Times, Arlene Johnson, a freshman from Sikeston, Mo., said she showed up for Wattier’s class on time on Aug. 25 and a film was already in progress. She said that after class, she and another student asked Wattier why the film had started early and he told her he always started films 10-15 minutes before class.

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