University Censures Professor For Fat-Shaming TweetAugust 9, 2013
Editor's Note: This article is an update to an original article posted in June. You can read that article entitled Professor Sparks Outrage With Fat-Shaming Tweet here.
Professor Formally Censured
Geoffrey Miller, the now infamous fat-shaming psychology professor, has been censured by the University of New Mexico.
In early June, Miller tweeted the following offensive tweet that caused quite a stir in many social networking communities and beyond:
Miller later tweeted two separate apologies but the damage was done and most thought he was not sincere. He went on to claim that the tweet was part of a research project but the university found that to not be the case and have now censured Miller for misrepresenting his motivation for posting the tweet.
According to a statement released by the university on Tuesday, Miller’s censure will require him to apologize to his colleagues and to the department, the chair of the department will monitor his work, and he will be required to work with co-advisors of the Psychology Department’s Diversity Organization to develop a plan for obesity sensitivity training. As a faculty member of UNM, Miller will also not be allowed to serve on any committee that pertains to the admission of graduate students to the Psychology Department.
The university has found no evidence that Miller discriminated against overweight or obese applicants and in a statement say that Miller's tweet in no way reflects the universities admission policies.