Yale University has offered to give Corey Menafee a new job beginning Monday, and according to his lawyer, he was “delighted to accept,” after he finishes serving a five-week suspension.
Menafee broke a stained-glass windowpane in June in the Calhoun College dining hall that showed two slaves picking cotton. Menafee did admit to breaking the window because he felt it was racist. He was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, and first-degree criminal mischief, a felony. However, Yale has decided not to press charges against him.
In a statement, Yale spokeswoman Karen Peart said, “Yale informed Mr. Menafee’s attorney that we are willing to grant his request for a second chance at Yale.”
Yale informed Mr. Menafee’s attorney that we are willing to grant his request for a second chance at Yale. Mr. Menafee, who resigned in June after he admitted intentionally breaking a stained glass window, has expressed deep remorse about his actions and informed us that he would like to rescind his resignation. He will be allowed to return to a position in a different setting, starting on Monday, after serving a five-week unpaid suspension (including the time since his resignation on June 21). Yale has already asked the State’s Attorney to drop all charges. We are willing to take these unusual steps given the unique circumstances of this matter, and it is now up to Mr. Menafee whether he wishes to return to Yale.
Menafee’s lawyer, Patricia Kane, said in a statement later Tuesday that Menafee “is delighted to accept Yale’s offer” and will report for work at 11:30 a.m. Monday.