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Yale Dean Who Wrote Racist and Classist Yelp Reviews Resigns

A dean at Yale University who wrote reviews on the website Yelp that were deemed racist and classist has resigned, according to a university spokeswoman.

June Chu, who was dean of Pierson College, came under fire in May after the student newspaper, the Yale Daily News, revealed the controversial reviews. Soon after that, Yale’s administration suspended the dean, citing her failure to accurately disclose how many reviews she had written.

While academics might often find themselves in hot water for political remarks on social media, comments on Yelp typically focus on critiques of businesses. But Ms. Chu’s criticisms touched on the community of New Haven, Conn., home to the university.

“To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!” she wrote in one review of a Japanese restaurant. Another read: “This theater lives up to its reviews. I loved the small theater feel without sketchy crowds (despite it being in new haven) …”

The Associated Press reported that Ms. Chu had publicly apologized for her insensitivity. Messages to Ms. Chu weren’t immediately returned on Tuesday.

Stephen Davis, head of Pierson College, said in an email to students that a search for a new dean had begun and that a new one should be in place by the fall.

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