Expat professor fired for ‘insulting Islam’ at Saudi college

After a professor insulted students, and complaints were ignored, an investigation was launched and the professor fired

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A professor at the Laureate College of Excellence was fired for insulting Islam and students using offensive and racial slurs, Al-Madinah newspaper reported.

Students from the college claimed on Monday that the professor, who is from a Western country, called the pilgrimage rituals “stupid” and no one responded when they complained to the administration.

One of the students said: “There is no one in the administration that is an Arab or Muslim and whenever we complained they would kick us out or ignore us.

“We decided to take this to the press because no one listened to us and we do not accept what was said about Islam.”

Al-Madinah reporters tried to contact the head of the college but he refused to meet them without an appointment and when they asked for a time he did not respond.

Technical and Vocational Training Corporation official spokesman Fahd Al-Otaibi said the corporation received news of the incident from the press.

He said: “The head of the corporation, Ali Al-Ghafees, formed a special committee to look into the incident.

“The headquarters of the Laureate College of Excellence was informed by the corporation of the incident.”

He added the corporation investigated the students’ complaints and found them to be true.

“The corporation terminated the professor’s contract immediately as he violated the Ministry of Labor’s charter that outlines the importance of good conduct and respect toward Islam and violated the Laureate College of Excellence’s policy of religious tolerance,” said Al-Otaibi.

He also said the corporation had not received any reports of the incident before the students’ complaint.

“The corporation and Laureate College of Excellence would like to clarify that the professor’s actions do not represent the institute and only represents him as an individual.

“All international institutes in the Kingdom are fully aware of the importance of respecting Islam and the severity of insulting the religion and the Saudi people in any way.”

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