Kansas professor on leave after using racial slur in class

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Posted: Nov 21, 2015 2:26 PM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A white University of Kansas professor is on paid leave after using a racial slur during a class discussion about race.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1SbhBhY ) reports that the university is investigating a discrimination complaint against Andrea Quenette.

The assistant professor of communication studies says she was notified Friday morning that five people filed a discrimination complaint against her.

She requested the leave of absence and the school said she will remain off-campus until the investigation is complete.

Quenette used the slur in her Nov. 12 class after a heated university-wide town hall forum on race following the events at the University of Missouri. She also discussed retention rates at KU and the concept of systematic racism.

She says she "didn't intend to offend anyone."

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com