Adjunct suspended for using racial slur during class

Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Southern Connecticut State University officials have suspended a white adjunct faculty member for allegedly using a racial slur in class.

Public Health instructor Eric Triffin tells the New Haven Register ( he was suspended with pay for using the word while singing along to a rap song Tuesday. Triffin says he regularly starts classes with dancing and music.

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A black student confronted Triffin on his use of the word during class, and video of his reaction has circulated online. The student has declined to comment.

The university’s Black Student Union president Eric Clinton says students aren’t interested in Triffin losing his job, but they do want an apology.

A spokesman for the university declined to comment on Triffin’s suspension, saying it is a personnel matter.

SCSU president Joe Bertolino released a statement to students, faculty and staff on the incident, which reads, in part:

I want you to know that I am investigating the matter fully and will take appropriate action as a result of the findings.”

The university says it plans to hold an open conversation with students at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Adanti Student Center Ballroom.

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