University of Montana professor called on to resign by students over racist remarks

State Senator says Clayton Looney 'clearly has no regard for the safety or well-being of the students that he teaches.'
By: | March 3, 2022

Pressure is mounting on a University of Montana professor to resign his position in the College of Business after he made racist remarks and used the “n” word in private communications.

A protest calling on Poe Family Distinguished Faculty Fellow Clayton Looney to resign is planned for Thursday following a vote — twice this month — by the Associated Students of the University of Montana on a resolution that calls for his resignation. The resolution also reiterates UM’s commitment to “inclusive excellence” and calls on the Missoula flagship to examine the faculty union contract to ensure it aligns with “Montana’s constitutional guarantees to an equitable education.”

Looney did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment, but he and the College of Business dean have defended him in the past. Looney earlier told the Daily Montanan that text messages that showed him using the “n” word and joking about Muslims wearing “towel wraps,” among other racist comments, were taken out of context.

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