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Laurentian University investigates new complaints against Michael Persinger

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By Olivia Stefanovich, Posted: Jan 14, 2016 10:47 PM ET

Laurentian University in Sudbury has launched an internal investigation to handle new complaints against controversial psychology professor Michael Persinger.

The school's chief of staff, Alex Freedman, said Shawn Frappier of the human resources department has been asked to look into several complaints.

Alex Freedman

Alex Freedman is the chief of staff at Laurentian University. (Laurentian University)

"We wanted to make sure that we treat each of them with the respect that they deserve, which is why we've appointed a point-person in this case to make sure that they come in through one central portal, if you will, and to make sure that they're all treated with the same level of severity," Freedman said.

Michael Persinger made headlines last week after CBC News revealed he was removed from teaching a first year psychology class because he asked students to sign a profane language waiver. The story sparked a nation-wide debate about freedom of speech, and a petition to re-instate him as the professor of the course is circulating on campus.

But the story also elicited new complaints about Persinger.

Freedman said, for confidentiality reasons, he would not elaborate on the nature of the issues being raised. 

"We're treating each and every one of them with the utmost seriousness and we're going to be speaking with all complainants," he said, adding each case will be protected under the university's confidentiality policies.

"Our message is that if any student at any point has any concern about anything that may have happened in there, we would encourage them to come forward and let us know what's going on." 

Freedman said anyone who has a complaint can contact Frappier at 705-918-1001.

"If students feel they've been treated inappropriately, we need to make sure that their cases and concerns are treated appropriately," Freedman said.

CBC News wasn't able to reach Persinger for comment.