Kansas professor removed from teaching class after 'learn English' comment

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -

A University of Kansas engineering professor says administrators removed him from teaching a course for the rest of the semester after he told a student to "learn English."

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Gary Minden, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said he was told Thursday that students were upset by his comment.

Minden says he made the comment because the student was using a translator on a cellphone. He says the student didn't seem to be offended but other students complained. The comment prompted an hour-long discussion in the class.

University spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said the university assigned a different instructor to the class because several students raised concerns about the comment. The new instructor will remain in the class while the investigation continues.