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Last Updated on March 24, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

UC Berkeley Computer Science Professor Jonathan Shewchuk Faces Backlash for Controversial Dating Comments

UC Berkeley’s computer science professor, Jonathan Shewchuk, recently found himself in hot water after making comments to a student suggesting that dating is easier outside the Bay Area. The professor received backlash for his remarks, with a school spokesperson describing them as “hurtful and threatening to students — especially women.”

Shewchuk sparked controversy when he told a student that almost everywhere else on the planet is better for dating compared to the Bay Area. The comments did not sit well with student Rebecca Dang, who felt objectified by Shewchuk’s words. However, another student, Rachel Lowe, noted that she had heard similar comments before and was not offended.

In response to the backlash, Shewchuk issued an apology on the same message board, clarifying that he did not intend to convey disrespect for women. He also met with the chairs for computer science and engineering at the school to address the issue.

Shewchuk, who has been teaching at UC Berkeley since 1998 according to the school’s website, faced scrutiny for his comments which some deemed inappropriate and offensive. The incident has raised concerns about gender dynamics and respect within academic settings.

As the controversy continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how UC Berkeley will handle the situation and what steps will be taken to address the underlying issues. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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