A Purdue University professor used the term “Wuhan virus” in his class syllabus but later defended its use after removing it.
The term was used three times by associate professor of construction management Randy Rapp in his Construction Management 250 class syllabus, according to the school’s student newspaper Purdue Exponent.
Chinese student who praised Tiananmen Square protestors was harassed by other Chinese students at Purdue
- Purdue University’s president publicly responded to the alleged harassment and threats made to student Zhihao Kong, who posted on social media to commend the heroism of students killed in the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.
- Soon after, Kong was reportedly followed by other Chinese students around campus, called a CIA agent and threatened to be reported to the Chinese embassy.
- A ProPublica article was written about Kong in November, which brought national attention to his story.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said the school was not aware of the alleged mistreatment a Chinese student faced for speaking out on Chinese politics until it became national news.
In November, ProPublica published an article about the aggression Kong faced after talking about the events of Tiananmen Square in 1989.