The reporter happens to be a Duke Grad Student, and a WRAL Reporter, and the story should have never been brought to the public. It will be interesting to see if Duke does anything to the original “complaining” faculty and/or any other departmental leadership that may have their same attitude. If I were the parent of one of these Chinese students, I would probably be thinking of pulling my child out of Duke. Why? Because the faculty came to Neely asking for her to point out the offending, Mandarin speaking, grad students so that the faculty could remember them in the future, if the students ever came looking for internships.
If you were one of those students, it means it would be a miracle if you ever succeeded with this kind of road block looming in your future.
SCENARIO: Oh, your name is Wy Chang. Hmmm…. let me see (shuffles through some papers), reads briefly and then responds. There are a few others in competition with you and the decision hasn’t been made yet (in truth, the decision was made when you were speaking Mandarin loudly and offended this instructor). We will let you know.
Neely should have never put in writing that certain professors had come to her about this. But, I can see where she was just trying to do her job, advising students in an effort to help them succeed. But, having to “work around” what she had no control over, the other instructors. She wasn’t their boss, and in fact there may have been “higher ups” with the same attitude. *This from another, earlier, email that seemed to point to departmental leadership having a similar outlook. So, if Neely couldn’t change the facultys’ opinions of these students, she was left to try and give the students a “heads up” as to how not to “shoot themselves in the foot” or offend faculty that have their successful outcomes under the facultys’ control.
ADDENDUM (03/29/19): I actually think WRAL took off my comment on the above article. And, since I’ve seen nothing else regarding Duke doing anything about this I am guessing they weathered the storm. It was never about the email to the students for me… it was about the faculty that came to her looking for pictures “to make a hit list of the selected students”.