Emory anthropology Professor Carol Worthman used a highly inappropriate
and offensive racial expression during a department panel discussion
on Sept. 15. A complaint was filed with the University's Office of
Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP), which conducted an investigation.
Worthman said she had made the statement within what she considered
an academic context, that she deeply regretted having made the statement,
and that she had apologized both verbally and in writing. EOP determined
that the comment was inappropriate but was an isolated incident that
did not indicate a pattern of workplace hostility.
As a result of its investigation, the EOP recommended a series
of sanctions which have been, or are in the process of being, implemented
· Public and written apologies from Worthman and the anthropology
department chair regarding the use of this inappropriate language;
· A public verbal and written response from the anthropology department
chair to department members that restates the University's Policy
Statement on Discriminatory Harassment and indicates that such
acts help to create work and educational environments of hostility
and will not be tolerated;
· Mandatory diversity training to be conducted within the anthropology
· The distribution of the Policy Statement on Discriminatory Harassment
by the EOP to the entire campus.
In addition, EOP recommended that Worthman be sanctioned, which
can include a range of actions from oral or written reprimand to
suspension, as determined by the department chair and college dean.
Sanctions have been taken against Worthman.
The University will continue to work to ensure all members of
our community respect and embrace the diversity Emory values so