(CINCINNATI, 3/8/18) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Cincinnati Chapter (CAIR-Cincinnati) today welcomed the successful outcome of a complaint filed with the University of Cincinnati against a professor who reportedly harassed a Muslim student based on her religion and ethnicity.
In October 2017, the professor posted comments to his entire class in which he allegedly attacked a Muslim student, her ethnicity and her religion. In response to the professor’s behavior, CAIR-Cincinnati filed a complaint with the university on behalf of the student.
[MEDIA NOTE: The student has chosen to remain anonymous due to fear of reprisal.]
The University of Cincinnati investigated the matter and subsequently ended their relationship with the professor.
“All students have a federally-protected right under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to an education environment free of harassment and discrimination,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Sana Hassan. “No student should be attacked or bullied because of his or her faith. A teacher’s job is to educate and protect students, not subject them to harassment or attacks because of their faith. We welcome the university’s decision to stand against bigotry and hate, and to fulfill its commitment to provide a positive learning environment for students of all faiths and backgrounds.”
A study by CAIR’s California chapter reported that 55 percent of American Muslim students experience some form of bullying based on their religious identity. This is twice the national average for students who report being bullied at school. The study also indicated that 20 percent of Muslim students have experienced discrimination by school staff, including teachers.
CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.