Yale Law professor Amy Chua, 58, has been banned from leading a freshman small group – an informal group of college students – over allegations of violating an agreement to stop hosting college dinners
Yale Law professor Amy Chua, best known for coining the term “ Tiger Mom, ” strikes back after being sidelined from mentoring freshmen over allegations that she continued to hold alcohol-fueled dinners in her home house in violation of a previous agreement with the school.
Chua wrote an open letter to the entire Yale Law School faculty on Thursday, denying the allegations in one Yale Daily News article, alleging she is being punished for false accusations from a small group of students who oppose her “controversial” views.
Chua, 58, a married mother of two Harvard graduate who has been teaching at Yale Law since 2001, is known around the world for publishing a 2011 book on parenting entitled Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, in which she describes the ‘Chinese way. ‘to raise her two daughters beyond the’ Western way ‘, and talked about refusing her daughter Louisa a toilet break during a piano lesson.
Chua also wrote an op-ed before allegations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, describing him as a “ mentor to young lawyers, especially women. ”
Her eldest daughter, Sophia Rubenfeld, a graduate of Yale Law, worked for Judge Kavanaugh.
Chua and her husband had both previously been accused of telling young law students how to dress when clerking for him. Chua was also accused of telling young students that Kavanaugh preferred attractive clerks. He denied the claims.
Chua published this open letter on Thursday to defend itself against the allegations
Chua’s husband, Yale Law professor Jed Rubenfeld (right), has been suspended from teaching over sexual harassment claims
Last year, Chua’s husband, fellow Yale Law professor Jed Rubenfeld, was banned from teaching on allegations of sexual harassment, including unwelcome touching and attempted kissing, involving multiple students. He has denied the claims.
The latest controversy erupted last week, when Yale’s independent student newspaper published a story revealing that Chua has been suspended from leading a freshman “small group,” an informal learning group of about 15 students meeting outside of the classroom.
According to the article, the decision to strip Chua of her leadership role was made after multiple students came forward, claiming that the professor arranged dinner parties at her home while her husband was in attendance, despite signing a confidential agreement in 2019 that was out of the question. her from drinking and having interactions with students outside of the classroom.
Pictured: Jed Rubenfield with his wife Amy Chua and their Harvard graduate daughter
In a December 2019 letter, Law School Dean Heather Gerken wrote that alumni allege that Chua drank heavily with students and made inappropriate comments about both students and professors.
A recent graduate of Yale Law told Yale Daily News that she witnessed Chua and Rubenfeld ‘deliberate’ about the physical appearance and private relationships of students during dinner parties she attended at their Connecticut home.
“Having participated in that behavior, I personally know that it’s not always welcome, and it’s not all fun,” the graduate told the student newspaper on condition of anonymity.
According to the letter from the dean quoted by the outlet, as part of the 2019 agreement between Yale Law and Chua, the professor would be sidelined from teaching or leading small groups during the 2020-2021 school year, and would be teaching it do not resume until the Law School. is “certain that the kind of misconduct that is alleged will not happen”.
The disciplinary action against Chua also reportedly included an unspecified ‘substantial’ financial penalty.
In her reply released Thursday, Chua protested alleged “ confidentiality violations ” that resulted in the details of her agreement with the school being leaked to the press, and she also accused the student newspaper of misinterpreting her agreement of 2019 with Yale Law.
Chua stressed that she didn’t want to lead a small group in the first place and that the administration needed to convince her to take the assignment.
Just let me say that by asking me to teach a small group – basically turn my arm to do it! – the school clearly expected me to interact with students, so the idea that I was somehow banned is hard to understand, ” she wrote.
The article published by the student newspaper stated that after a two-year hiatus imposed by the agreement, Chua was appointed leader of a “small group” in late March.
But less than a week after the public announcement, several law students met with administrators to voice concerns about Chua’s nomination as leader of a small group.
According to the paper, the students claimed that Chua continued to organize dinner parties for her and Rubenfeld’s students, and drink with them. They are said to have provided documentation to support their claims.
Three days after the March 26 meeting, the law school rescinded Chua’s appointment, with at least eight AW students sending emails to administrators expressing their support for Chua.
On her official website, Chua has so far collected and shared 50 pages of letters from current and former students denouncing her suspension.
Chua vehemently denied the allegations in her letter to faculty members.
“ While I mess up my brain to imagine what ‘dinners’ with students they might refer to, I can think of just a few possibilities – all of which I’m not alone, but proud of, ” she said .
She then cited several instances where she invited students “ in extreme need ” to come to her home after asking her for help because they had been exposed to death threats and felt that the Yale Law administration was not supporting them.
“Since we couldn’t meet in the law school building, we met at my house, and I did my best to support and comfort them,” Chua said, adding that her husband was not present at those meetings.
She argued, “I don’t believe I violated anything in my agreement with Heather [Gerken]
Chua said she felt “being punished and publicly humiliated without anything resembling a fair trial,” and called for an independent investigation into what she described as “a breach of confidentiality.”
She concluded by noting that she is not trying to be reinstated on the small group roster.
In a statement to the student newspaper, Dean Gerken declined to comment on specific complaints or inquiries, but said that “ misconduct by faculty has no place at Yale Law School. It violates our core obligations and undermines all the good that comes from an environment where the faculty respects and supports students. ‘
She continued, “The Law School has a set of clearly articulated standards for student-faculty interactions and is committed to enforcing them.”