A confidential report by Emory University administrators recommending that a law professor’s suspension be continued without pay for as long as two years for using a racial epithet will play a key role in a hearing to determine his academic fate.

The university faculty hearing committee convenes Friday to decide whether to accept the conclusion of a report by Emory’s Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) that professor Paul Zwier violated the university’s discrimination and harassment policy last year or to reinstate him.