U. of Houston Professor Is Charged With Threatening Colleague Over Tenure

Lei Wu, a computer-science professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, has been charged with making a terroristic threat for alleged comments to a colleague about getting tenure. An affidavit states that Mr. Wu asked to speak with a co-worker about a work-related matter last week, and the colleague decided to tape-record the conversation because she had had problems with him in the past. Mr. Wu allegedly threatened her and the tenure board that if he did not receive a promotion, “both will be blood.” Mr. Wu’s colleague said she believed he would assault her or other staff members.

A terroristic threat is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail or a $4,000 fine, or both.

Wu, who has a doctorate in computer science from the University of Montreal, holds the rank of assistant professor in software engineering, according to the University of Houston Clear Lake website.

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