Chancellor attacked on social media for not canceling class

By Anna Carrera

Published 01/27 2014 03:35PM

Updated 01/27 2014 05:30PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI is getting national attention after Chancellor Phyllis Wise decided to not cancel classes Monday. Students got on Twitter to complain about it. But, things took a turn and became much more serious.

Racist and sexist statements began popping up. There was even a profane hash-tag with her name. It all started Sunday night when Chancellor Wise issued a campus-wide email acknowledging it would be cold and windy, but encouraging people to be careful as they headed to class.

After that, students started tweeting, first with the hash-tag "thanks Phyllis," then using profanity. The associate chancellor for public affairs says, if students really felt like they shouldn't be on campus, they could just stay home.

Those tweets got picked up by Buzzfeed. It's a website with one million followers on Twitter. After that, backlash came the other way from UI alumni who said they were ashamed of the tweets.

Some students say they didn't want to have school, but agreed the tweets went too far. UI students weren't the only ones attending class Monday. Eastern Illinois University also made the call to stay open.

However, Illinois State University was closed. Officials say, due to the extreme cold and windchills, ISU will also be closed Tuesday.

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