February 12, 2019

Duke University Apologizes Over Professor’s Email Asking Chinese Students to Speak English

By Sarah Mervosh

Duke University has apologized after a professor cautioned international students against speaking Chinese on campus and urged them to speak English instead.

The professor, Megan Neely, issued the caution in an email on Friday. Professor Neely has since asked to step down from her role as director of graduate studies in the medical school’s biostatistics master’s program, the dean of Duke’s medical school, Dr. Mary E. Klotman, said in a letter to students on Saturday.

Professor Neely did not respond to email requests for comment on Sunday. A university spokesman confirmed that she remained on the faculty as an assistant professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics.