Yale dean placed on leave after calling people ‘white trash’ on Yelp

Yale University placed one of its deans on leave after revelations she posted race- and class-based criticism of local businesses on Yelp, a school official said.

She was placed on leave this week and will not take part in commencement activities, according to an email sent to students by Head of College Stephen Davis, the Yale Daily News reported.

He did not directly address her long-term future with the school.

Other reviews by Chu, who identified herself as a Chinese-American on the website, focused on her prowess to evaluate a Japanese rice cake as an authentic critic. For example, in a much-quoted review of a restaurant (above) she wrote, “If you are white trash, this is the flawless night out for you”.

“Today I am grieving because I no longer can envision such a way forward”, he wrote, because Chu “was in fact responsible for multiple reprehensible posts, enough to represent a more widespread pattern”.

In one review for a Japanese restaurant, Chu wrote, “To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the ideal night out for you!”

“To put it quite simply: If you are white trash, this is the flawless night out for you”. This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of the imagination and flawless for low class folks who believe this is a real night out.

Chu came under fire last week when the Daily News reported on her Yelp review account, providing screenshots of a number of Chu’s reviews of local businesses.

‘I have learned a lot this semester about the power of words and about the accountability that we owe one another, ‘ Chu wrote. There are no two ways about it.

Davis, who is in charge of the college’s administration, said that review and another that described movie theater workers as “barely educated morons” were “deeply harmful to the community fabric“.

Campus Reform reached out to Chu for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

“What holds us together is our collective effort to ensure that every single person in our midst is valued beyond measure”, he said.

June Chu is a dean of Yale’s Pierson College (a position that involves leadership of a residential college, not an academic deanship).

During her public apology, Chu wrote that she learned a “powerful lesson” on what words can do to damage others.

Many Pierson students, however, were far less impressed than Holloway with Chu’s mea culpa, saying they’ve lost respect for her not only because of the offensive nature of her comments, but also because she demonstrated such poor judgment in making them. “This is true not only in Pierson and across the [University, ] but most emphatically throughout the city of New Haven and in every locale beyond”.