The Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) on Monday suspended as assistant professor for three months after an inquiry committee found him guilty of sexually harassing a female MPhil Organic Chemistry student.
“Consequent upon the recommendation of the Sexual Harassment Committee, the vice chancellor… has been pleased to place Dr Nasir Rasool… under suspension, for a period of 90 days, with immediate effect,” said the notification issued by GCUF registrar dated April 17.
The probe against Dr Nasir Rasool, an assistant professor of the chemistry department, was started after the vice chancellor referred the matter to the varsity’s Sexual Harassment Committee after a complaint filed by S*, a research student of organic chemistry on March 27.
The VC had instructed the committee to probe into the matter instantly and submit a report in this regard by April 07.
In her application submitted to the VC, S stated that she had been assigned to do her research work with Dr Rasool, and sometimes the students had to work in the laboratory alone with him.
Dr Rasool “has been constantly behaving obnoxiously, flirtatiously and unethically with me,” the student said, adding that this was against her “dignity and honour”.
S said the professor had been constantly making “unethical phone calls”, sending indecent text messages and “threatens of dire consequences to discourage me from complaining against him”.
“I can’t bear it anymore… his vulgar communication is unbearable for me.”
The student urged the VC to take strict action against the concerned teacher and “protect my dignity and honour like you would as you would do for your own daughter”.
She had also attached printed screengrabs of text messages sent by Dr Rasool as proof of his misconduct.
The university’s registrar office said in the suspension notice that a case for the initiation of inquiry against Dr Rasool under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006 will be placed before the forthcoming meeting of the university syndicate.