Trump-backing professor files complaint at Georgetown
A former professor has filed a complaint at Georgetown University accusing another professor of harassing her with profanity-laced messages over her support for Donald Trump.
Asra Q. Nomani, an ex-Wall Street Journal reporter who had taught journalism at Georgetown, cited tweets calling her a “fraud,” “wretch” and “fame-mongering clown show” from C. Christine Fair, an associate professor at Georgetown’s Center for Peace and Security Studies.
“For my vote in the U.S. electoral process, Prof. Fair has leveled relentless abuse against me,” Ms. Nomani said in her Dec. 23 complaint.
The insults began after Ms. Nomani wrote a Nov. 10 op-ed in The Washington Post headlined, “I’m a Muslim, an immigrant and a woman. I voted for Trump.”
Ms. Fair responded to the op-ed with a series of hostile private messages on Twitter, reprinted by Ms. Nomani in the complaint, saying that her ex-colleague “pimped herself out to all media outlets.”
After Ms. Nomani complained to Georgetown in a Dec. 2 letter, Ms. Fair posted an open letter on Facebook in which she defended her tweets, saying they did not violate Twitter rules, and told her former colleague to “[expletive] off” and “go to hell.”
Ms. Nomani cited a section of the faculty handbook that says professors may be held accountable for their “private acts only as they substantially affect teaching, research or University service.”