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University faculty member allegedly used racial slur during class

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Southern Connecticut State University. (WFSB file) Southern Connecticut State University. (WFSB file)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Southern Connecticut State University is investigating a faculty member accused of using a racial slur during a class.

Eric Triffin, an adjunct in the Public Health Department, has been suspended school officials said.

He routinely plays music and dances as part of an exercise before the start of his class, and Channel 3 was told that's when it allegedly happened.

Southern told Channel 3 "We are investigating the incident, but as it involves a personnel matter, we have not further comment at this time."

Earlier this week, the school's president held a conversation with students on how Southern can be more welcoming.

In a message to the campus community, he said "Our university abhors the use of racist or hateful words and actions and we will confront these incidents if and when they occur.”

The school held a campus forum Wednesday evening to discuss what happened.

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