Yale University students shocked by dean's offensive Yelp reviews

A dean at Yale University is under fire for several restaurant reviews she's written on Yelp.

Pierson College Dean June Chu shared negative -- and what some call offensive -- reviews on the site. Her account is now deleted but has been preserved in screenshots obtained by the Yale Daily News.

Students first found out about the account when Chu mentioned that she obtained "Yelp Elite" status in an email to her residential hall students in January.

An anonymous student told the Yale Daily News that he and friends searched for her account and her "demeaning and offensive" were inappropriate for someone in her position.

Her reviews have used disparaging language such as suggesting only "white trash" people attend a restaurant:

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In another negative review of a mochi store she wrote, "I guess if you were a white person who has no clue what mochi is, this would be fine for you."

Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway told the Yale Daily News that he and other administrators decided that Chu should write an apology.

In an email sent to Pierson residential students on Saturday, Chu said, "I have learned a lot this semester about the power of words and about the accountability that we owe one another. My remarks were wrong."

"There are no two ways about it," she continued. "Not only were they insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community."

Holloway has not asked for Chu to resign. "She's terribly sorry," he told the Yale Daily News and I think she's doing exactly the right thing by saying 'I've learned from this, I want to stand by all of you and I hope that you'll stand by me as well.'"

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