A white Rutgers law student used the N-word while quoting a legal opinion — igniting backlash and starting a petition demanding a policy on slurs at the New Jersey school, according to a report.
The unnamed first-year student, a middle-age woman studying law for a second career, uttered the slur while reciting a line from a 1993 legal opinion during a criminal law class’ virtual open hours in October, the New York Times reported.
In response, fellow black first-year law students at Rutgers Law in April passed around a petition condemning the student’s use of the offensive term and called on both their peer and the professor to apologize.
The students also urged the school to form a policy on use of racial epithets, according to the Times.
“At the height of a ‘racial reckoning,’ a responsible adult should know not to use a racial slur regardless of its use in a 1993 opinion,” the petition reads, the Times reported.