The discrimination and the due process – 2

Me to the department, e-mail, October 28, 2015, 1:13 p.m.:

Given such findings, any reasonable administrator would remove her/his subordinate from his administrative position immediately.

Moreover, any reasonable administrator would suspend such a subordinate from his duties no later than a complaint of this sort was filed. Unfortunately, this was not done.

The discrimination is a very serious matter.

The chairperson should remove the Graduate Director from his position immediately, and relieve him from all his duties in the Graduate Office.

This is a very urgent problem because the current process of graduate course cancellation provides the Graduate Director with many opportunities to discriminate.

Keith replies by an e-mail to me only at 2:17 p.m.:

let this pass through the proper channels.

-Best, Keith

Remark. This is the entire message, nothing is omitted.

Me to Keith, faculty, and graduate students (the staff was omitted by an oversight which I noticed only now), e-mail, the same day at 3:10 p.m.

Your manner of private replies to public letters is not acceptable.

For the record: you arranged a cover up and continue to cover a serious case of discrimination in the department.

The Director of Graduate Studies should be removed from all his administrative positions immediately.

Immediately means immediately: today during working hours.

Keith did not replied by an e-mail neither to the department, nor to me personally. Instead he showed up at my office and attempted to simultaneously intimidate me by talking about the due process and confidentiality and bribe me by offering me a little favor. Later on, when I was going home, I accidentally met Keith in a hallway and he continued his attempts to intimidate me. The “conversation” ended as follows:

Keith: Wait a week, it will be your day!

Keith: I know all what you may say to me.

Me: No, you don’t. I was about to tell about a relevant case.

Keith: What case?

Me: You risk more than you think. There was a case when a chairperson was suspended without pay for a year just for not objecting an offensive remark made in his presence.

Keith (triumphantly): I will take this risk!

Remark. In the interests of full disclosure, I have to say the following. Keith did not put any conditions for doing that favor to me. He kept his promise up to date, but this remains to be a promise, and the minor thing he actually did is trivially reversible.

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