Trump-back­ing pro­fes­sor files com­plaint at Ge­orge­town

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - — Va­lerie Richard­son

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.”

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