Kansas Teacher Who Used Racial Slur in Class Fired

A white University of Kansas assistant professor who used a racial slur during a class discussion on race will not have her contract renewed after the next academic year.

Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies, told The Lawrence Journal-World Monday the university notified her last week that she would not be reappointed to her position at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Some graduate students complained about Quenette after she used the racial slur in November, a day after the university held a contentious forum on race and discrimination.

A school review concluded in mid-March that Quenette didn’t violate the university’s nondiscrimination or racial and ethnic harassment policies.

A university spokesman would not confirm or deny Quenette’s employment situation, saying it is a personnel matter.