Suffolk University will conduct mandatory "microaggression" training for each academic department after an incident that recently gained attention in which a sociology student wrote a blog post saying she was wrongfully accused of plagiarism because of her race.
In her post titled “Academia, Love Me Back,” Tiffany Martinez wrote that her professor marked her paper with the comment that “this is not your language” and asked her to indicate where she used “cut and paste.” Specifically, the professor, who has not been named by Martinez or the university, circled the word “hence” in her paper,” writing “this is not your word.”
“My professor assumed someone like me would never use language like that,” Martinez wrote. “As I stood in the front of the class while a professor challenged my intelligence I could just imagine them reading my paper in their home thinking, ‘could someone like her write something like this?’”
Suffolk University Acting President Marisa J. Kelly said in a post on the school’s website that the incident is being taken seriously and Suffolk is committed to making sure all students feel welcomed and respected.
“The truth is that all of us here at Suffolk should be concerned about any student feeling this way,” Kelly wrote. “So we must redouble efforts to create a more inclusive environment, while at the same time recognizing that everyone involved in any specific incident deserves a fair hearing.”