Clearing More Air on Al-Qloushi
March 16, 2005
by Minnie Quach
A reader wrote in with some questions regarding David’s post on Ahmad Al-Qloushi’s situation at Foothill College. The three questions are:
- Did Woolcock fail Al-Qloushi, fail to give him a grade, or just talk to him about the assignment?
- Did Woolcock suggest counseling because of what Al-Qloushi had written in the assignment or out of the conversation that Woolcock claims?
- Did Woolcock initiate a formal complaint against Al-Qloushi, and if so, on what basis?
In regard to the possible answers to the first two questions, at this time the public can only compare Al-Qloushi’s side of the story with Professor Woolcock’s side of the story. To clarify FIRE’s involvement in the case, we are primarily concerned with the third question. Al-Qloushi has reported that after taking his story of the situation public:
Professor Woolcock then filed a school grievance accusing me, under section 5 of Foothill’s grievance code, of an “act or threat of intimidation or general harassment.” … Foothill’s Dean of Student Affairs, Don Dorsey, would not let me see the grievance as filed but he summarized it for me by saying, “Professor Woolcock feels harassed by your having mentioned his name to the media.”
After the controversy received significant media exposure, Woolcock allegedly received death threats. The College Republicans attending Foothill College and Al-Qloushi demand that all personal attacks against both Woolcock and Al-Qloushi stop immediately.