University Professor Uses ‘N-Word’ in Class to Make a Point. Now’s She’s Under …

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Kansas professor on leave after using racial slur in class.

In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, poses for a photo at her home in Lawrence, Kan. (Mike Yoder/The Lawrence Journal-World via AP) The university told Andrea Quenette, 33, an assistant professor of communication studies, that five people had filed discrimination complaints against her, she told the Lawrence Journal-World. A white professor who used the n-word during a lecture about racism on college campuses was placed on paid leave after her students filed a complaint against her. Quenette said she requested a leave of absence and the university said she will have to remain off campus during the administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

On the morning of November 12, 2015, a question was posed … in … class. “In light of last night’s university-wide town hall meeting about race and discrimination on campus, what is the best approach to talk about that event and these issues with our students?” We students in the class began discussing possible ways to bring these issues … when … Dr. Students began complaining about Quenette after she used the racial slur during a Nov. 12 class for graduate students who teach undergraduate classes. I didn’t direct my words at any individual or group of people,’ she said on Friday. ‘It was an open conversation about a serious issue that is affecting our campus, and it will affect our teachers.

Then, students read statements describing how her comments made them feel. “I feel terrible, upset and sad that I had hurt their feelings and made them feel uncomfortable, because I do care about them as people,” Quenette said. Schumacher said she believes Quenette ‘actively violated policies’ during the discussion, hurt students’ feelings — including the one black student, who left ‘devastated’ — and has a previous history of being unsympathetic to students. He also said administrative leaves are often used ‘to address substantial disruptions to the learning environment or concerns about individuals’ welfare’ while investigations are underway. Quenette was “receptive to hearing any other ideas,” is there a difference between saying “I’ve never seen ‘n-word’ spray-painted on a wall,” and calling a person “n-word’, or referring to someone as such?

Jyleesa Hampton, a first-year communications graduate student, is one of the main tweeters of the #FireAndreaQuenette campaign and told the Journal-World that students rushed to her office to explain what had happened.

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