College Professor On Paid Leave After Demeaning Student For Her Name


Its scary enough to send your kids to college, now you have to worry about online bullying from the teachers. An Oakland, CA professor, Matthew Hubbard, at Laney College was placed on administrative leave in June. As a math college professor teacher of fifteen years, he should have known better. Hubbard allegedly asked a student to “anglicize” her name on the second day of class. With unorthodox audacity, he allegedly asked Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen to basically change her name. Because “Phuc Bui sounds like an insult in English,” Hubbard told Nguyen in an email obtained by CNN.


After the nasty email was sent to Nguyen, she replied, letting him know that his request feels “discriminatory”. Additionally, she warned him she would file a Title IX complaint if he did not refer to her by her birth-name. “

Hubbard’s response, ” Your name in English sounds like F***k Boy“. Adding, “If I lived in Vietnam and my name in your language sounded like a Eat a D**k, I would change it to avoid embarrassment”. Following this sentence, he then repeated his request to reply.


Hubbard responded to the allegations in a message to NBC Bay Area. He said, “I put an apology on Twitter , but it was not well received so I removed my account”.

Laney College President Tammell Gilerson verbalized in a statement that the college is aware of the incident.

“We are aware of the allegations of racist and xenophobic messages from a faculty member at our college with a student about the pronunciation of their name. The faculty take these allegations seriously. We immediately placed the faculty member on administrative leave pending an investigation”.

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