I remember identifying Faisal Jaswal as a snake back in 2013. He was the Dean of Students at my school (Bellevue College), and seemed to float around like some kind of beloved administrative cool-kid.
My own feelings about him began forming when he came into the newsroom and, in front of everyone, talked about the importance of free speech — pointing to me in particular — and saying how valuable it was… when I knew full well he was behind all of the campus programs that threatened free speech (multiculturalism, diversity, bias incidents, etc). I had been told by another writer that my crusade for free speech threatened “his brainchild,” though I do not remember which multicultural project “his brainchild” was. And a member of the associated student government (ASG) told me how Faisal would manipulatively guide ASG discussions by presenting them with false choices between a clearly good option and a clearly bad option, and then congratulate them on making a good choice when they opted for the only viable option that had been presented to them.
But even I didn’t know it was this bad:
After S.R. began working at Bellevue College in 2009, as a front desk representative for the Assistant Dean for Student Programs, she was promoted quickly from a summertime to a full-time worker, then a full-fledged personal assistant to the official.
Then the grooming began by former assistant dean Faisal Jaswal, attorneys claimed in a lawsuit filed last week. The 54-year-old gave her presents, asked her to drive him to work, discussed personal and sexual subjects with her, took her out to dinner and brought her on overnight “work” events.
In October 2010, the behavior developed into sexual abuse, which would persist for nearly six years and escalate to stalking, manipulation and frequent abuse, S.R. contends in the suit.
S.R. filed the suit against Bellevue College last week, claiming the school — and by extension, Washington state — fostered a hostile work environment by failing to protect S.R. from a man who’s been the subject of multiple sexual harassment complaints by students and employees.
S.R., now 29, has the mental capacity of a 14-year-old due to intellectual delays, according to the lawsuit. That made her ripe for manipulation, says her attorney, Julie Kays. And because S.R. was also a student, the school knew about her intellectual limitations, she added.
The story only gets worse as you read more.
This whole situation begs the question, why was a mentally retarded student 1.) at school in the first place, and 2.) working as the assistant of the dean?
2009 was the early days of talk about “ableism” and of promoting people with disabilities began to take off. Faisal, being the king of progressives, was, of course, supportive of this.
Sargon has talked about the dangers of male feminists, but I think this can be applied to male progressives in general. Faisal was more of a Bill Clinton kind of progressive — he was cool. So cool. Fun fact, it was actually his DeLorean in Macklemore’s famous “Thrift Shop” video. Scroll down through the description and you’ll find Faisal in the “Special Thanks” section on YouTube.
Now it appears that all of Faisal’s support for progressive political causes and for the handicapped are like his support for free speech — superficial, insincere, and self-serving.
I am not happy about the rape of a young woman, but I am enjoying a bit of smirking vindication, watching the school I grew to hate being revealed for what it was. Because in many ways, Faisal was the student government and the administrative bureaucracy for students. He was relatively powerful, and very well paid, but more importantly, he was their chosen face. The school loved Faisal.
Getting rid of Faisal is not the end of the road for academic institutions like Bellevue College. This is the shape of things to come. Faisal was not a one-off; he was the natural candidate based upon the values which schools, in general, have chosen and the incentives they have created.
This is not just a Bellevue College problem.
That’s why freedom of speech is such a hostile concept for them, and why becoming an intellectual force of nature is not only not respected, but actively discouraged, in favor of tolerance and–of course–being “cool.” They have been making this bed for more than two decades now. If you want to lie in it for tens of thousands of dollars, go ahead.
Just don’t expect anything like an education, except in the bedroom arts.