Yet another CUNY professor in trouble, this time over allegedly ‘obsessed’ and creepy messages to student

Another City University of New York (CUNY) professor is facing allegations of harassment after a student came forward about “obsessed” behavior that included vulgar, sexually charged messages.

Ayalur Krishnan, 52, is an associate math professor at Kingsborough Community College, a CUNY school in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Tuesday, he joined Shellyne Rodriguez, the machete-wielding Hunter College adjunct assistant art professor, in further degrading the school system’s reputation after countering a one-semester suspension for alleged harassment with a lawsuit, the New York Post reported.

Filed in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Krishnan attempted to defend his behavior on “compulsions” while arguing that his messages to the graduate student were mischaracterized or taken out of context.

Among those messages was an email sent to the student where he reportedly told her that her email sign-off, which was described as merely her name, caused him to have a “priapism,” a painful erection not necessarily attributed to sexual arousal.

The student was said to have told investigators that after taking a job as an administrative coordinator in 2017, for two years she had a professional relationship with Krishnan that changed near the end of Feb. 2020.

At that point, she began receiving messages from him “constantly” as she alleged he became “obsessed” with her. Like the previously mentioned remark, those messages were said to include “unwanted” sexual tones.”

Some comments from students on highlighted Krishnan’s “opinionated” remarks in class with one student saying, “He can make you feel very uncomfortable once you start talking about politics with him since he is very opinionated on that & some jokes of his are questionable.”

Another said, “This professor was very nice and he was an easy grader. But, he was very odd towards me specifically and would constantly make me feel uncomfortable in his class. He would make weird comments and also some slightly perverse comments while knowing that I am a minor. It was very unpleasant and very anxiety inducing in his class knowing how he was.”


According to the Post, Krishnan is expected to return to the classroom in August to resume his duties which earned him more than $105,000 last year.

By contrast, Rodriguez was terminated from her job at Hunter, but not because of her behavior toward pro-life students. As reported, the adjunct professor had been seen in a viral video cursing at an approved table within the halls of the Upper East Side college before throwing their materials to the ground.

She went on to earn termination when Post reporter Reuven Fenton knocked on her door to question her about the incident only to be met with a machete to the throat before he and his photographer were chased into the street after she threatened, “I’m gonna chop you up with this machete.”

Rodriguez was released after her arraignment on charges of menacing and harassment.


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