A Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) faculty member allegedly used a racial slur in the classroom, the university president said in a letter to the campus community.
SCSU President Joe Bertolino said he found out about the incident on Tuesday and is now conducting an investigation into the matter.
"As a public institution dedicated to the values of social justice, our university abhors the use of racist or hateful words and actions and we will confront these incidents if and when they occur," Bertolino said.
A conversation will be held at the Adanti Student Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Thursday to "to discuss how [SCSU] can become a more open and welcoming community," according to Bertolino.
The public health instructor told the New Haven Register he was suspended with pay for using the word while singing along to a rap song Tuesday.