Duke’s President Apologizes for Barista Firings That Followed Administrator’s Complaint

May 24, 2018 / Sabrina Balderama

The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Julian Wyllie

May 10, 2018

Duke University’s president, Vincent E. Price, apologized on Thursday for the recent firing of two baristas at a campus coffee shop, according to the student newspaper. In a written statement, Price noted “that we are not where we want to be as a university.”

The baristas, Britni Brown and Kevin Simmons, were dismissed last week after a complaint by the vice president for student affairs, Larry Moneta. He said that when he visited the coffee shop, they were playing a profane rap song “loudly,” which was “inappropriate for a working environment that serves children, among others,” according to a statement he released.

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