Duquesne University caves?

It appears a Duquesne University professor who used a racial slur in class will be allowed to get his job back.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the details.

Mr. Gormley on Friday met a deadline to respond to a faculty grievance committee’s recommendation that Gary Shank be reinstated. Members last month found the professor “exercised extremely poor judgment,” but also said the behavior was misguided “but not malicious” and did not warrant termination. They noted he had apologized to his class.

The controversy, which gained national attention, flowed from a Sept. 9 class taught via Zoom in which Mr. Shank, who is white, used he “N” word repeatedly, saying he was doing so for pedagogical reasons and giving his students permission to use it during the class.  

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