Yale University Dean, June Chu, has left her position after students outraged at one of her Yelp reviews. She was Dean of Pierson College at the prestigious New Haven, Connecticut, university.
She was placed on leave after her bad reviews made at Yelp surfaced online. The screenshots of her reviews took the internet by storm. She used terms like ‘white trash’ and ‘low class’ in her reviews along with other derogatory terms.
The Dean was exposed by a student-run newspaper at the University. They included screenshots of her reviews in the newspaper. The issued a public apology after the newspaper got more attention than expected. In one of the reviews, June called the local movie theatre employees as ‘educated morons’. The second image embedded in this article can be read for the reference.
The matter didn’t end here and she was placed on leave by the Head of Pierson College, Stephen Davis. He also sent an email to the whole staff about putting the Dean on leave. This happened on last Thursday. Davis said that the reviews contained highly inappropriate language which wasn’t good for the community principles.
Later more screenshots were obtained and it was revealed that she had made 10 other harsh and racist reviews which showed her elitist mentality. In one of the reviews about a Japanese restaurant she wrote:
To put it quite simply: If you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!
The irony is her Yale’s University biography notes, which say:
She has sought to help students not only succeed academically but to support their holistic academic experience and multifaceted identities.
June Chu’s reply on her reviews is rather different than what she did to defame her community values.
I have learned a lot this semester about the power of words and about the accountability that we owe one another, My remarks were wrong. There are no two ways about it. Not only were they insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.
She has recently left her post, and we’re yet not clear if she was fired or she left it willingly.