UW-L Chancellor said professors E-mails are inappropriate

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A UW-L geography professor is gaining national attention after E-mails she sent to students.

UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said he isn’t sure when Dr. Rachel Slocum sent the E-mails, but he said he started getting calls about them late last week.

The La Crosse County Republican Party Chair sent us E-mails that he said he got from a student in Slocum’s class.

The first E-mail talked about how students need to use the U.S. Census Website to finish an assignment, but wouldn’t be able to because of the government shutdown.

The E-mail accused Republicans and Tea Partiers in the House for being the reason for the shutdown.

The second E-mail talked about not trying to be partisan, and said there was a disagreement among republicans for the shutdown.

Gow said the E-mails were inappropriate.

“We shouldn’t be inserting our own personal, political interpretations and views into materials that are in a formal class,” said Gow.

We tried contacting Slocum, but didn’t hear back.

Gow said he doesn’t think Slocum should lose her job, but said an apology is appropriate.

The Dean of the College of Science and Health, wouldn’t talk on camera, but said he has been in contact with Slocum, and is looking into the situation.


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