By The Associated Press

Emory University is investigating the use of a racial slur against African Americans by two law professors.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sept. 16 that two adjunct law professors used the word in separate classes on Sept. 9. The university said a student confronted one of them during class, and the professor apologized.

 

Robert Saunooke, one of the professors, told the newspaper that he used the term while discussing how Native Americans are depersonalized and wasn’t trying to offend anyone.

He was teaching a class on federal Indian law and policy.

The Journal-Constitution says the university is considering dismissing a third law professor who used the same word twice last year.