Summer Naqvi is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). During her junior year, she took an economics class with a male professor some 30 years her senior. Nine months after the class ended, she and the professor connected on social media and began sharing “communications of a social nature,” including photos on Snapchat, the professor said through his attorney, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
After some time, Naqvi met with the professor (who will not be named here because he has not been charged with any crime) in his office last September. The professor said that when he met with his former student (whom he claims to have not known was a former student because he has 1,000 students per semester), “it became clear to me that this individual was focused on convincing me to change her grade from the prior year, or to provide assurance that, if she retook my class, I would give her an A. I said I was not willing to do either of these things.”
The professor said communication with Naqvi stopped after that. In April, Naqvi made an anonymous accusation against the professor on Reddit. A week ago, she made the same accusation on her personal Facebook Page:
[The professor] relentlessly sent messages and pictures to me attempting to solicit pictures back, sex in exchange for an A+ in his class, and even attempted to pay me to have sex with him. Even though I came forward to campus police with evidence including unwanted text messages and pictures in the fall of 2018, the University did not put him on administrative leave until months later. I am disappointed that they would continue to let him teach during these months because other girls may have fallen victim to sexual harassment from him.
The professor said he agreed to resign in exchange for UIUC dropping the investigation. The Chronicle reported that UIUC is still investigating Naqvi’s claims and the professor is only on administrative leave.
Last week, Naqvi and her friend William Farrell were arrested after holding Naqvi’s ex-boyfriend at knifepoint in order to delete information off of his phone and computer. The ex-boyfriend, who wasn’t injured, told police he thought the information Naqvi sought to destroy related to her claims against the professor.
Naqvi and Farrell were arrested and charged with “felony counts of aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful restraint of another person,” the Chronicle reported.
Naqvi pleaded not guilty to her charges and was released on bond.
The College Fix’s Greg Piper noted how a case like Naqvi’s would turn out if police and university administrators have adopted the “victim-centered” approach to investigations, which is designed to ensure a finding of guilt. As Piper points out, the original handbook on such investigations actually says they are designed to make accusers “appear more innocent.”
“She’d better hope the investigators have gone through victim-centered training, so that every dubious action she undertook is explained as a byproduct of sexual victimization by [the professor],” Piper wrote.
Indeed, “victim-centered,” or “trauma-informed” investigation techniques require investigators to view every action of an accuser as a result of the trauma she suffered. Even if those actions indicate the accuser is lying, as would be the case in any other crime, “trauma-informed” investigations insist this is evidence of trauma. In other words, evidence of lying is evidence of the truth. The world has turned upside down.