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While some students say it's encouraging to view critiques of their professors on the Internet, a number of faculty members are beginning to take it personally.The student critiques, which can be found on sites such as TeacherReview and collegestudent.com, include information about professors that other students in turn can check out before registering for classes.The critiques, or evaluations, either rate professors on a one to 10 scale, or give them a grade from A to F.Some of the comments made on TeacherReview have prompted an English professor at the City College of San Francisco to file suit for emotional distress and damages for defamation.Daniel Curzon-Brown, a tenured professor at the college, said he wanted to put an end to students' posting of false information about professors' teaching skills and personal life on the Web.TeacherReview allows students only at the City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University to voice their opinions about professors. The site was created by a student at the first college, who recently transferred to the latter.Collegestudent.com includes links to a number of universities, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.Curzon-Brown, who said he was gay, said he was probably being unfairly targeted by the students because of his sexual orientation. One of the excerpts that can be found on TeacherReview says the following about Curzon-Brown:"I would just like to say this man is a complete disaster. I have never taken his class, but I can tell from the other comments. Only a complete egomaniacal idiot would announce to his students on the first day of class that he's a superfag, and if they don't like it, get out." The Internet postings are submitted anonymously.Curzon-Brown said he took comments like the one above to heart."I'm a gay writer, and I believe in free speech," he said. "It does not give anyone the right to tell vicious lies about people." Though collegestudent.com representatives said their site edits its evaluations heavily, a UNL professor said that site was disturbing.Jitender Deogun, a UNL computer science and engineering professor who was rated both negatively and positively on collegestudent.com, said he thought more lawsuits would eventually follow San Francisco's."I think that's what will happen," he said. "I think this is going too far."I don't think anybody has the right to look at my evaluations except for my department administration."Griffin Davis, vice president of marketing at collegestudent.com, said employees who work for the community-based site would edit comments if they found them to be too offensive."If it's anything that's not going to add value, we will either strip it down or edit out the offensive comments," he said.Kors and Curzon-Brown gave examples of excerpts they said they had read on TeacherReview."She likes to get freaked doggy style," "I feel like killing her" and "she has a gag reflex and coos in bed" were some of the comments they said they had seen on the site.Kors said by filing a lawsuit, he and his client would be sending a message to students to stop posting defamatory statements."There's no problem with students putting up reviews of teachers," Kors said. "There is a problem when outright lies are posted."Robert Denicola, a UNL law professor, said he felt a case such as Curzon-Brown's could possibly succeed. Denicola said he was particularly referring to the defamation part."Assuming the statements were false, they do seem to be defamatory," Denicola said. "So I do think there would be a likelihood of it succeeding in a defamation action."Students interviewed at UNL said they supported sites that evaluated professors.Christi Walters, a freshman undeclared major, said she felt professors should take the evaluations such as the ones on collegestudent.com as constructive criticism."The student's teachers can go and see the effect they're having in the class," she said. "Maybe they can change."Amy Neuharth, freshman pre-medicine major, said receiving criticism was part of a professor's job."They're not all going to be fine and dandy," Neuharth said about the comments.Walters said Curzon-Brown was probably putting too much stock into the issue."I think it's ridiculous," she said. "I think he's just embarrassed that he sucks as a teacher."