OU Journalism Professor To Step Down From Teaching Undergraduate Class For Rest Of Semester

Friday, February 14th 2020, 8:30 am
By: News 9

A journalism professor at the University of Oklahoma will not teach the rest of the senior capstone class after saying a racial slur in class.

Peter Gade agreed to step down from teaching the journalism capstone class for the rest of the spring semester, Gaylord College Dean Ed Kelley said in an email to students.

Gade apologized after he said the n-word during a lecture. He compared calling an older person “Boomer” to calling a black person the n-word.'

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Associate Dean David Craig will oversee instruction for the class until semester's end. 

"We are committed to ensuring students receive nothing but the best experience in the classroom," Kelley said in the email. 

Gade will also undergo weekly one-on-one sessions with OU's team in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in sessions in the coming semester. 

The rest of the faculty and staff at the Gaylord College will undergo similar training under the guidance and recommendations of Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, headed by Vice President Belinda Hyppolite. 

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