June Chu, dean of Pierson College, was officially reprimanded by Pierson Head Stephen Davis this week, according to the Yale Daily News.
Last Saturday, Chu wrote to the Pierson community apologizing for using insensitive language in Yelp reviews of local businesses—referring to customers as “white trash” and “low class folks” in one, and talking crap about New Haven’s “lack of a view” in another.
“Let me be clear,” Davis wrote in an email to students. “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.”
He added, that her “reprehensible posts” are “deeply harmful to the community fabric.”
Davis initially defended Davis, but reversed course in light of new evidence. The Yale Daily News published nearly a dozen screenshots of additional derogatory reviews from Chu’s account after the initial posts came to light.
QZ reports that Chu holds a counseling role to the hundreds of students in Pierson, the school’s most populous residential college, and her biography says she seeks “to help students not only succeed academically but to support their holistic academic experience and multifaceted identities.”
Chu is a career academic with a PhD in Social psychology. Maybe she should stick with the day job and fall back on the restaurant reviews.