Prof investigated for offensive class remark

February 6, 2008

Though college campuses are normally considered havens for candid and challenging conversation, a Brandeis University professor recently learned some classroom topics are not always open for discussion.

After political science professor Donald Hindley allegedly used the term "wetback" in September, Brandeis students, alumni and faculty said the school mismanaged the ensuing investigation.

The comment was allegedly made during class about discrimination. Hindley declined comment for this story, but his lawyer told The Boston Globe Hindley used the word in a discussion about racist terms people use.

Brandeis sophomore Mike Mendel, a student in the Latin American politics class in which Hindley supposedly made the remark, said an overwhelming number of students in the class took Hindley's side on the issue, including the Hispanic students who would have taken the most offense to the slur...

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