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Professor placed on leave for again referring to racial slur

For the second time this semester

A professor at Emory University was placed on leave from teaching after referring to a racial slur, barely a month after being suspended for the same thing.

Paul Zwier, a law professor at Emory, allegedly referred to the word “nigger” during a meeting with a student in his office, The Emory Wheel reports.

According to a petition by the school’s Black Law Students Association and its Student Bar Association, Zwier’s use of the word—which he evidently only referred to, and did not actually deploy as a slur—constitutes “blatant disregard for [students’] safety and emotional well-being.”

The petition demands Zwier’s immediate firing, as well as a host of policy changes in response to the alleged word usage.

According to The Wheel, Zwier’s “administrative leave” is in accordance with university policy, “which specifies that employees are placed on paid administrative leave for up to 30 calendar days during investigations into discrimination complaints.”

In addition to his prior suspension, Zwier was barred from teaching several required courses. In response to that controversy, Zwier said of referring to the slur that he “fell short in discussion of matters that are important for us to understand about the response of the law to changes in evolving views of race in American society.”

Read The Wheel‘s report here.

MORE: Professor sanctioned … for saying an offensive word

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