The email exchange between a York University professor and a student studying remotely in the middle of the Civil War has sparked online trouble and prompted the administration to take action

Screenshots from the exchange between mathematics professor Emanoil Theodorescu and the statistics student based in Myanmar, which was first published on social media on Thursday, show negative responses to requests to postpone an intermediate examination for fear of the now one and a half months of conflicts in the country Interrupt internet service

“There is no postponement, it will be carried over to the final exam. Last chance, bad sign,” Theodorescu replied to the student on Wednesday

Have you ever been so in York that you were told to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for missing an exam because the military junta in your country (Myanmar) shut down the internet? / cc @yorkuniversity picTwittercom / C8oCIfgyaP

On Feb. 1, Myanmar’s military overthrew the democratically elected government of the Southeast Asian nation, detained officials and imposed a year-long state of emergency

It sparked weeks of violent clashes between military and democracy protesters, which led to internet and communications outages, and civilians who were arrested, beaten, and even killed by police and soldiers

The student replied that the coup, and not the novel coronavirus, was responsible for the spotty web service, stating that “nearly 200 protesters were shot dead in the clashes in which civilians were executed in the streets.” The student asked, whether he was sorry for missing the exam on Thursday, which would count towards 60% of the course’s final exam

Theodorescu then rejected the statements made by the students about the coup in Myanmar and questioned their “understanding of reality” “

“People are not only shot in protest, but for many deeper reasons,” wrote the professor

A statement by York University spokeswoman Barb Joy, sent out on Thursday night, said Theodorescu’s comments are inconsistent with the school’s values ​​of “respect, justice, distraction and inclusion”

“While employment matters are confidential, we can confirm that appropriate action was taken immediately as soon as we learned of the exchange,” she said

Joy added that senior faculty members contacted the student to offer their assistance and that “all necessary accommodation would be provided”

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