A retired law professor has called on the American Bar Association and the American Association of University Professors to censure Emory University and place it on academic probation over its treatment of a law professor for his utterance of a racial slur.

In defending suspended Emory law professor Paul Zwier, professor emeritus William Carney asked that the university be disciplined after he said the law school and university administrators punished the law professor—and violated his academic freedom—for using a racial epithet in a context that was neither gratuitous nor directed at an individual as a slur.