The school's vice provost, Arig al Shaibah, this afternoon posted an "Important message" formally announcing that the complaint against Khan has been withdrawn. The full message is here, but the bottom line comes down to what al Shaibah calls "three critical reasons."
Nijhawan says Dal let her know about the decision by email, just minutes before the public memo went out. "My client and I were not included in any discussions with the university prior to the decision to withdraw the referral. There's been no personal contact with her from the administration, or even
"She’s not been invited to participate in the quote-unquote campus dialogue series that's referenced in the memo. And I gotta say, I disagree with the position taken in the memo that the problem here was the process that's available in the code. The code is actually quite clear; it says that free speech will not be infringed by the interpretation of the policy. That's not news to the university. Everything that they rely on now to withdraw the complaint is information they had at the time they referred the complaint. "
We'll be exploring options on how Masuma can hold the university accountable for the harm that they've caused her.
While the university would doubtless like nothing more than for this whole episode to disappear, Nijhawan isn't there yet. She may never be.
"We'll be exploring options on how Masuma can hold the university accountable for the harm that they've caused her to date by the approach that they've taken. That matter could have been completely settled if they had talked to us about it, but just as before, they're not treating her respectfully."