Wow... if that's the real series of events, I withdraw my statement that he did anything wrong. This timeline is pretty damning.
Ditto. And that's from my own sysadmin perspective.
The faculty will agree in retrospect (if only to escape from scrutiny) the kid should not have been expelled.. at that point, the college will not be able to defend the expulsion and the college will find a way to say "we made the right decision and did nothing wrong and we're not going to argue the point any further.. but, on review we've decided to give him another chance anyway -- he can come back to school with all complaints dropped. now please leave us alone"
Right now I think Dawson is desperately seeking for a way to disengage without admitting any wrongdoing. Something that has always worked well for major corporations when they're caught up to no good.
Now that more information is available, it does appear that some significant administrative "wilding" has taken place. Likely at the behest of some "fusty-musty" admin/faculty types. (Those of you who 'served time' in any college or university will know the tribe - they have first names like Sterling or Cornelius, wear tweed suits all year long, and favor paisley or yellow bow ties.)
I think the utterly vindictive (and likely illegal) act of failing him in all his courses in addition to expelling him
is a very clear indication of the mindset of those who made the decision. (And I somehow can't help but think that having a name like Ahmed Al-Kahbaz figured significantly
into how this incident got handled by the school.)
I think Mouser has called it. The school will probably offer this guy a deal where they'll reinstate his student status, grades, and grant(s) in exchange for a written admission of some sort of wrongdoing on his
part; an agreement to waive his right to seek future legal remedies; and most likely some sort of 'gag agreement' not to criticize or say anything that would put Dawson in a bad light.
This is a sad state of affairs in that it would be in this student's best interest to accept such an arrangement, and then leave the school
, rather than go out under a cloud that would likely take years of expensive litigation to resolve.
Oh well...right now this kid has some flex room in that he could always threaten to break that NDA (and likely get it invalidated in the process since it was obtained under 'extreme duress' assuming Canada has such a law) and go public with the whole story in detail - something Dawson seems extremely anxious to avoid.
I'm sure he'll settle with Dawson. I just hope he receives competent legal advice and gets enough back before he does so.