Yale Dean Resigns After Calling People 'White Trash' On Yelp

Bryan Michalek | June 21, 2017
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In recent news, June Chu, the dean of the Pierson College at Yale University, will be resigning from her position after the university’s newspaper broke a story revealing derogatory comments Chu had made on the popular rating app Yelp, in which she called certain restaurant patrons "white trash," "sketchy" and "low-class."

The paper reported Chu’s departure in a Twitter post, along with publishing a documented list of the Yelp reviews in question.

After the original story broke, Chu was placed on leave for her insensitive and racial biased reviews. During her absence from the university, she issued an apology for her comments.

Chu’s leave was made public in an email sent to students by Head of College Steven Davis, according to Yale Daily in a report by USA Today. The email discussed Chu’s leave and her forced restriction from participating in the school's commencement activities. It was also reported that Chu’s comments were well-known among students months before they were publicly reported.

Davis remarked that he was originally aware of only two insensitive posts, but later learned of “multiple reprehensible posts” giving him cause to take action, saying in his email, “Let me be clear...No one, especially those in trusted positions of educating young people, should denigrate or stereotype others, and that extends to any form of discrimination based on class, race, religion, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”

The school newspaper reported on Chu's Yelp tirades after offended students brought it to their attention, the Washington Post reports.

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