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Professor Resigns after Comments about Chinese Students

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A University of Maryland professor has resigned after allegedly accusing Chinese international students of “cheating their way into the University,” reported WAMU.

“All Chinese students cheat their way into the U.S. and the University of Maryland…This is not your home, you all cheat in your home…You will have to go back home, and never come to the United States again…Your visas will be revoked,” Professor David Weber is accused of saying by Samantha Wu, a graduate student.

The cheating charge against WU was eventually dismissed. Through his attorney Brian Mahany, Weber has denied saying those “exact words.”

“The purpose of this discussion was to consider the seriousness of the cheating allegations, not to discriminate,” Mahany said in a statement to WAMU.

According to the Diamondback, an online petition signed by 300 students demanded his removal. Several students filed multiple complaints with the university’s Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct about Weber.

The students are pleased Weber has resigned, but think the university should have done more.

“The school has not done enough about this incident,” Yuqing Lei, a doctoral student who organized the petition, said to Diamondback. “Students’ parents should know exactly what’s going on.”

“Reported accusations of cheating or racial discrimination in the classroom are investigated, and neither is tolerated,” a spokesperson for U of M said in response.

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