A CUNY department chair who was fired from the university is going after Yahoo to give up the name of the student who sent scandalous emails to the school's brass. Dr. Zulema Blair claims that she was fired from her job in the Public Administration department of CUNY's Medgar Evers College following an anonymous email from a student claiming she was having sex with students and had a student's baby.

Blair says she had her tenure offer revoked two weeks after the email was sent to CUNY president William Pollard and other administrators last December, and was fired last month. “You can’t turn a whore into a housewife, but you can definitely turn one into a Dean,” the e-mail says, before calling Blair a member of the "elite Medgar 'Staff Slut' list" and writing "Inquiring minds wonder was that BEFORE or AFTER she passed him in her class?”

Blair, who has received community honors from Senator Eric Adams, says “This e-mail is slander. It’s horrific, and I want whoever sent this out to be punished. This is character assassination." She says she's never had a romantic relationship with anyone at Medgar Evers, student or otherwise. She does admit to knowing the student named in the email, but says their relationship was entirely appropriate. “He and others came to me to be their mentor. I’m close to all my students,” she said.

Blair has filed papers ordering Yahoo to reveal the identity of the account holder, who goes by disgruntledsue@yahoo.com. “The obvious conclusion according to the papers that were filed is that the e-mail was a motivating factor not to grant her tenure,” said Blair's attorney. An online petition was started two weeks ago asking for Blair to be re-appointed, and several students and colleagues have left comments supporting Blair. CUNY declined to comment about whether they investigated the emails claims or why Blair was let go.