According to a report by the College Fix, the University of Cincinnati has refused to address whether or not engineering professor John Ucker will return to the classroom this spring. Ucker was placed on temporary leave after he referred to coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” in an email exchange with his students.
The report claims that Ucker is not scheduled to teach any courses in the spring. Additionally, the university has failed to respond to inquiries about Ucker’s status for the spring semester.
The exchange, which took place on September 9, quickly went viral on Twitter, receiving over 164,000 likes.“My girlfriend tested positive for COVID and the University of Cincinnati’s Health Department instructed me to not attend my in-person lab,” one student wrote. “Not only did my professor give me a zero for not going, but this was his response.”
My girlfriend tested positive for COVID and the University of Cincinnati’s Health Department instructed me to not attend my in-person lab. Not only did my professor give me a zero for not going, but this was his response: pic.twitter.com/WYlbi5apdi
— lil sauce (@_Sotzingg_) September 17, 2020
Ucker is not the only professor to face sanctions this year over the use of politically incorrect language. Breitbart News reported in August that Syracuse University Professor Jon Zubieta was placed on leave after he referred to the virus as the “Wuhan flu” in a syllabus for his chemistry course. When announcing Zubieta’s suspension, the university argued that the term is “offensive to Chinese, international and Asian-Americans everywhere.”
Sources: Breitbart: U. of Cincinnati Prof May Not Return to Classroom After Saying ‘Chinese Virus’