Emory University statement regarding Emory Law School community issue

Sept. 18, 2018


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Nancy Seideman

In a September 18 letter to the Emory Law School community, Interim Dean James B. Hughes Jr. outlined the steps that will be taken to reinforce the school’s commitment to the principles of equity, inclusion and respect in light of a law school professor Paul Zwier’s use of the “n” word during a classroom lecture. 

After extensive discussions with members of the Emory community, including the students and professor affected by the incident and with clergy and legal representatives in the greater Atlanta community, Dean Hughes has outlined multiple steps that the professor has agreed to take in order to help begin the healing process for the Emory Law School community. These steps include: not teaching any course, for the next two years, in which students do not have the ability to choose their professor; engaging in dialogues focused on racial sensitivity; revising teaching manuals to provide appropriate ways to cover racially sensitive materials; and participating in sensitivity and unconscious bias training. 

Below are links to Dean Hughes’ letter and Professor Zwier’s message to the law school community sent earlier today.

Dean Hughes’ letter to Emory Law community >>

Professor Zwier’s letter to Emory Law community >>