Everyone on Facebook is complaining about grading. But at least you aren’t worried about character assassination, or actually being assassinated. You aren’t the chair of the French Department at Oberlin, where one faculty member is suing a colleague for making multiple false claims that he was plotting to kill a third faculty member, that he brought a relative to the United States and falsified his academic credentials to embed him as a killer for hire, and — now there is undoubtedly some very strict language about this in the faculty handbook –that he tried to pay his TA to marry him.
You can also thank your lucky stars that you are not the Dean of the Faculty at Oberlin, wondering how this case got to court in the first place. As Kaylee Remington of the Lorain, Ohio Morning Journal reported last week,
a lawsuit filed April 17 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, Ali Yedes, who started his position at Oberlin College around 2000, alleges that Samir Amin Abdellatif, in addition to the plot-to-kill claim, also alleges that Yedes brought his nephew to the United State from Tunisia for the purpose of killing a faculty member.
According to the lawsuit, Abdellatif also claims that Yedes forged or helped forge the academic credentials of another professor so that he could get a job at the college. It also stated that Abdellatif made claims that Yedes tried to bribe a teaching assistant to marry him.
The lawsuit further states that, according to Abdellatif, Yedes got involved with an inter-religious group so he could spy on Jews.
The lawsuit is asking for damages in excess of $25,000 and a trial.
Abdellatif made false and defamatory written and/or oral statements about Yedes, according to the lawsuit, which also claims that Yedes has suffered from emotional distress. He also has been “exposed to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, shame and/or disgrace, threats on his life and well-being that have made him fear for his safety.”
It also states that Abdellatif published these statements to faculty, employees, students, campus residents and the general public.