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Dean placed on leave over Yelp reviews

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Yale University dean has been placed on leave over offensive reviews she made on Yelp, including one in which she refers to customers of a local restaurant as "white trash."

Pierson College Dean June Chu issued a public apology Saturday after reviews from her personal Yelp account began circulating at the Ivy League school.

Pierson Head Stephen Davis sent an email Thursday informing members of the residential college that Chu had been placed on leave after he discovered there were numerous "reprehensible posts," not the two he had been led to believe existed.

"If you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!" Chu wrote in a review of a local Japanese steakhouse.

Davis, who is in charge of the college's administration, said that review and another that described movie theater workers as "barely educated morons."

He said he discovered on Saturday night that there were other "reprehensible posts" that represented a more widespread pattern, compounded the harm of the first two and damaged his trust in Chu and her ability to lead the college.

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