February 14th, 2019: Joseph Yakow Assaults Jordan
JOSEPH YAKOW ATTACKS JORDAN
On February 14th, 2019, Joseph Yakow attacked and assaulted Jordan Afolabi on the University of Windsor campus. The full details of the incident that occurred are contained in the video above.
At the time, this student was unknown to Jordan. While entering the Odette School of Business, Joseph was unintentionally struck by the momentum of the external door as Jordan opened it in a rush. In anger, Joseph verbally accosted him and proceeded to repeatedly physically assault him. In Jordan’s efforts to defend himself from the attack, Joseph sustained visible injuries to his facial area. As the student recoiled from Jordan’s defence, Jordan took the opportunity to escape the small area as he was terrified from the attack.
PROFESSOR DOES NOT ACT ON JORDAN’S REPORT
Subsequently (approximately 1 minute after the incident occurred), Jordan encountered his Human Resources Planning professor (for the class he had been on his way to) and immediately reported the incident to him. The professor laughed and informed him that he was “the absolute wrong person to be talking to about this”. Jordan’s interaction with this professor is recorded and has been provided to the University. Jordan received absolutely no help from him.
JOSEPH FALSELY ACCUSES JORDAN
After his classes, Jordan went home to rest. Upon the encouragement of his friends and family, he decided to attend the Campus Community Police station to report the incident, though he felt there was little hope of being able to identify the student that had assaulted him. Upon his arrival, campus police informed Jordan that Joseph had already filed a false police report concerning the incident.
In the report, the student claimed that he had been attacked and beaten by an “unknown black male” after he had pushed the male “in an effort to defend himself”. After it became apparent that there were no witnesses to be found, Joseph then returned both to the University as well as the police multiple times; this time stating that he had not even touched Jordan nor done anything to provoke an altercation beyond asking Jordan why he had struck him with the door. Joseph insisted that Jordan was a dangerous student and demanded that he face criminal prosecution as well as expulsion from the University. He even stated to the University that he would not be returning for classes in any case if Jordan was not expelled. Due to these allegations, Jordan was suspended, banned from his campus, later on arrested, incarcerated and charged, while the University initiated an investigation into the matter.
UNIVERSITY FAILS TO CONSULT WITNESSES
Though it was within the University’s power to do so, no witnesses were consulted during the investigation. It was through Jordan’s own investigation that two witnesses were later found; both of which agreed to be interviewed concerning their account of the incident. The interviews can be viewed below:
Witness Statement: Josiah Green
Witness Statement: Noah Laliberte
Eyewitness Account 1. Noah
“He did what I would’ve done, what anyone I know would’ve done.”
Jordan has never met nor communicated with Noah. This interview was conducted by a third party.
This is the article referenced in the interview, which was published 4 days before Noah reached out to us.
Posted by Expose UWindsor on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
JORDAN FOUND INNOCENT BUT SUFFERS CONSEQUENCES
After a period of over 3 months, Jordan’s charges were dropped and the investigation was ended. Throughout this time, Jordan still had strict campus access restrictions and was required to attend multiple court-dates while also shouldering the cost of legal fees. Additionally, while suspended, Jordan’s health quickly declined as he his appendicitis condition worsened. Jordan pleaded with the University to resume consultation with his on-campus Doctor (who had begun a diagnosis of Jordan’s condition) but the University refused to allow it. Jordan was hospitalized a total of three times during this period as a result of his abdominal pains which culminated in the life-threatening rupture of his appendix and emergency invasive surgery to remove the infection.
UNIVERSITY REFUSES TO DISCIPLINE JOSEPH
Though the University has been made aware of the blatantly fabricated nature of Joseph’s allegations, there has been absolutely no disciplinary action taken against him. Further, Jordan himself has been disciplined yet again by the University in response to his persistent efforts to have the student held accountable through the University disciplinary procedures. Please refer to the attached videos for further information including eye witness statements, factual analysis, and Jordan’s own account of the altercation. More details (including recordings of calls in which Jordan can be heard pleading with the University to see his doctor) can be read in our article titled “Despite New Witnesses, Ryan Flannagan Refuses to Discipline Student who Assaulted/Falsely Accused Black UWindsor Student”
March 14th, 2019: Jordan’s First Contact with DanieLI ARbex
DANIELI MAKES CONTACT
Jordan’s first contact with Danieli Arbex was an email she sent to schedule a meeting with him. The email immediately outlined restrictive sanctions that had been laid against Jordan prior to him even being spoken to. Danieli told Jordan he was no longer allowed on campus outside of his class times for any purpose. She also wrote that if Jordan was found on campus outside of those times, he would be charged.
INVESTIGATION BEGINS WITH DISCLOSURE ERRORS
From the onset of this investigation, there was no semblance of due process or procedural fairness. The witnesses provided in the police report had not been contacted to verify the allegations made against Jordan prior to the email being sent to restrict his campus access. In fact, it would later become apparent that it is unlikely Danieli had even read the police report at all. Further, Danieli did not provide the proper disclosure he was entitled to under the non-academic misconduct policy. She also failed to provide a copy of any written complaint by the complainant (as is his student right according to section 5.1.1 of the Uwindsor’s Procedures for Addressing Non Academic Misconduct (PASNAM). Danieli did not offer any explanation or even any mention of this in her email prior to her meeting with Jordan. Regardless, Jordan scheduled the meeting with Danieli and contacted his legal counsel. He also took measures to record the audio of the meeting. At the meeting Danieli confirmed that she had in fact met and spoken with Yakow and that she was planning to at some point release this disclosure to Jordan. She never did end up providing Jordan this disclosure. This is clearly contrary to the “principles of natural justice” which Jordan and all students are to be afforded according to University’s own misconuct policy. According to the PASNAM, this disclosure should have been released prior to interviewing him at all. Despite this, Jordan, along with his legal representation, attended Danieli’s office in good faith on March 26th, 2019 in order to explain the true events that occurred on February 14th, 2019.
March 26th, 2019: Jordan’s Interview with DanieLi Arbex
During their March 26th, 2019 meeting with Danieli Arbex, Jordan along with his legal representation, explained the true version of events that occurred on February 14th. Jordan heavily emphasized to her that it was Joseph Yakow (the student who had accused Jordan) who instigated the physical altercation, that Jordan was assaulted while severely injured and that he was disappointed that Yakow had not been disciplined even though his own account in the police reports stated that he assaulted Jordan.
Jordan’s legal representative pointed out the fact that even in Joseph Yakow’s account of the incident as provided in the Campus Community Police report filed, it is admitted that Joseph instigated the physicality of the altercation (albeit in Joseph’s account the admission is significantly embellished). Jordan’s legal counsel is quoted as follows:
“Yakow admits that he pushed Jordan first. He does say that Jordan was yelling at him but if someone is yelling at you, it seems like the more rational response is to walk away. Even if the person who is yelling at you says “don’t fuck with me” it seems that the rational thing to do is to walk away as opposed to shoving the person. The first physical interaction comes from Mr. Yakow — the first intention physical interaction comes from Mr. Yakow, so it does lend credence to the theory that it was really Mr. Yakow who was the aggressor in this situation. It went from a verbal– an allegedly verbal altercation– again Jordan says that he was being yelled at and that he responded by saying ‘don’t fuck with me’. Even if Mr. Yakow is to be believed that it was Jordan who is yelling, it begins with verbal and the progresses to the physical as a result of Yakow’s actions”
Jordan then added to this point by asking Danieli Arbex if there was any justification for the student’s physical escalation in response to a verbal altercation that could be found in the University’s polices. Jordan is quoted specifically as follows:
“As far as your knowledge of the academic misconduct policy or student code of conduct– as far as your knowledge of student expectations, is there anywhere that justifies initiating physical altercation with anyone for anything they’ve said verbally? Is there anywhere that– is there any case where that could be justified.”
“Not that I’m aware of.”
“Okay. My question is then– if that was the report given by the student. Even if I had said the worse thing– if I’m painting it as much in his favour as possible according to his account of events, it seems to me that there would still be a violation of the student code of conduct based on his physical escalation. I’m wondering why that in and of itself — or if it’s being handled as a violation of the student code of conduct or if the student’s facing any consequences…….what is being done to hold the student accountable for what you’ve clearly indicated to me is a clear violation of the student code of conduct– that he escalated based on a verbal altercation”
Danieli responded as follows:
“I don’t know if it’s so– the way you’re telling me seems that to be very clear [sic]. I don’t think that’s very clear to me yet. Just because just now I hear your side of the story. I met with the other person and what he described was very different. You understand that right? And I will provide additional disclosure based on my meeting with him. I think that this is part of the investigation. So I met with one the other [sic]. I met will be meeting with witnesses. So once I have everything, I will be able to say more. I will be able to take action against one or the other if it’s needed.”
At this point, Jordan made note of the fact that Danieli referred to disclosure that she had not provided him. This is a gross procedural violation of Jordan’s rights as it clearly states in the section 5.1.1 of the Uwindsor Procedures for Addressing Non-Academic Misconduct that all students charged are entitled to know the full nature of the complaint laid against them before being questioned by an investigator. Specifically, the policy states:
“The Student shall, in advance of being questioned on any aspects of the complaint, be provided with a copy of the complaint.”
This is a crucial student right as the failure to provide the full evidence of the complaint gives the student no opportunity to contest the truth prior to adjudication. Jordan knew this and as soon as he heard that Danieli failed to provide the additional disclosure from her meeting with the student, he stated:
“I approached the student police with every intention of filing my own complain that day, and it got derailed by the fact that I found out that there was a complaint against me. But it didn’t change my resolve and I do fully intend to hold the student accountable with whatever measures I can….…I don’t understand– even if you hadn’t gotten all the facts, there were sanctions immediately laid against me, and that’s what I just don’t think is fair, and especially since by his own account [the student shoved me] in that report that you sent me–the incident report that you sent me. If you’re saying that there is more, I read the code of conduct and I was supposed to be given the disclosure– whatever disclosure was available.”
It would seem that Danieli– realizing she had erred in failing to provide Jordan the additional disclosure that the herself voluntarily referenced, attempted to backpedal and state that there was no disclosure. In response to Jordan’s rightful inquiry into the whereabouts of the disclosure he was entitled to, Danieli Arbex is quote as follows:
“Yah –no no. There was nothing more. It’s just– it’s just, ah, he described to me what happened. And that, the way you’re putting, seems that there is a definitive moment that you said something and he pushed you– Yes, there was that moment, but I don’t know like how that transpired you know what I mean? Like that’s not every– still not very clear to me. Because like “maybe we feel like so afraid of someone else that you can do that to defend yourself. Right?”
Dismayed at her use of fear as a justification of his assailant’s actions, Jordan stated that:
“Fear is not– especially if you’re referring to my demographic– Anyone who’s recently culturally aware [knows] that fear is not a justification for reacting aggressively to anyone who hasn’t physically attacked you. It’s an argument that does not resonate on any level with who I am. I just think that’s not fair because on paper I am a very scary looking guy– on paper. But in reality I’m an A-student, I have ambitions, and I’m trying to be a lawyer. That’s just not who I am. Your prejudices do not justify your physical aggression towards another student. What I’m saying though, is that you say you don’t know enough to do anything, but you knew enough to lay those sanctions against me, and I’m still not allowed to go anywhere in the Odette. And based on what you recently just said, you said it’s a clear violation of the student code of conduct–“
At this point, Danieli quickly interjects to counter Jordan’s words by stating:
“To attack someone but if that person is like — to me it’s still not very clear that he — that at that moment he was actually like he had the ability to think through and actually attack you. Like It could be that he was feeling that he was defending himself. And I think that that’s the way–“
By this point in their conversation, it is clear that Danieli had already made her mind up as to who was the aggressor and who was the victim. Of course this is inappropriate for an impartial investigator to have done prior to consulting witnesses that were available to her. Despite only moments earlier stating that there was no justification in the University’s policies for as student attacking another student “initiating physical altercation with anyone for anything they’ve said verbally”, Danieli struggles to perform feats of mental gymnastics in order to justify Joseph’s behaviour. In reponse, Jordan states:
“Defending yourself from words right? I think that this is being handled with a very poor standard of understanding. There are clear levels of escalation. There are clear markers and then there are grey areas. You can say that maybe if he called me a really bad word or threatened me and said that ‘I will kill you if you continue doing this’. That was still on the same level as whatever it was he thought he was being faced with. Stepping it up to physical altercation is a whole ‘nother level. That’s a whole other area in even the criminal code. That is clearly defined by his own account and the disclosure you’ve given me. If you’re saying there’s more details to the situation, that implies that I wasn’t given all the disclosure that I am entitled to under the student code of conduct. If there isn’t more than what was given there, then it’s very clear that the student initiated the physical altercation. It does not make sense to me that I’m walking around on campus with sanctions laid against me.”
Danieli responded that the reason the sanctions were laid was because she didn’t have Jordan’s side of the story at the time nor did she know what who she was dealing with initially. She stated that it was simply done as a safety precaution. She stated that this precaution does not mean that she believed Jordan was the one at fault but only that they had to control the risk during the investigation.
Jordan responded that in his argument (stating that the sanctions were unfairly laid), he appealed exclusively to Joseph’s own account of the story (which was available to the University) in his objections to the early sanctions laid. Jordan argued that because these facts were available to Danieli Arbex, she ought to have done something to control the admitted fact that Joseph instigated a physical altercation, yet chose not to.
“In my argument, nowhere did I appeal to my side of the story. I only appealed to the facts that you said you already had. So I understand that you didn’t have my side of the story. I made my argument based on the facts that were from his side of the story and you agreed with me that in his side of the story, that still constitutes a violation of the student code of conduct. That’s what I’m saying. So I’m not gonna blame you for not acting on information that you didn’t have. I’m not blaming anyone. But I will ask, if you had this information, and you’re telling me what you just told me about a few minutes ago that it is a clear violation to escalate physically no matter what was said to you — that is a clear violation — no matter anything that was said to you– let alone what was said to him.”
At this point, Danieli Arbex began growing impatient with Jordan and as her voice escalated in tone she accused Jordan of twisting her words by saying
“You are somehow distorting what I said because what I said is that no one could attack someone else no matter what you say to them. But, if you’re feeling attacked and if you’re feeling that you have the need to defend yourself, that’s another ball game. So that is what is not very clear to me. You’re telling me that’s very clear in the report that he attacked you. No, that’s not very clear to me. That was clear that he pushed you [sic]. Why? Like the way that I saw this was like trying to defend himself. The same way that you’re telling me that you punched him 6 or 7 times to defend yourself. So I can also say that ‘no you were attacking him’. You know what I mean? Like there are two versions of this. So i don’t think we’re gaining anything to have this kind of discussion.”
Of course Jordan had not at all distorted her words. Just moments earlier he had unequivocally asked her if there was “anywhere that justifies initiating physical altercation with anyone for anything they’ve said verbally? Is there anywhere that– is there any case where that could be justified.” Danieli responded that there was not. When pressed on the implications of her answer in comparison to the lack of disciplinary action taken against the student who did exactly what Jordan had asked if there was any justification for, Danieli accused Jordan of “distorting” her words arguing that what she had said in reality was that “no one could attack someone else no matter what you say to them”. Indeed, it was not Jordan who was distorting her words, but Danieli Arbex herself. Despite her attempts to end the line of questioning, Jordan– in his rights, continued to press her on the same line of questioning. Jordan very calmly replied:
“I am gaining something and I think I am entitled to ask so Im going to keep asking. You said– you’re implying then — and I’m gonna ask you straight, because my first question was ‘was there any circumstances where any level of verbal dialogue can justify a physical escalation on the part of any student.’ You’re initial answer, I thought was no, but you’re saying now I’m distorting your answer. You’re saying now that there are some situations where it is appropriate to lay your hands on another student based on what they’ve said to you. Based on anyway they’ve acted to you non-physically. Are you saying that there is some situation where that is justifiable. That’s what I’m asking you very clearly”
Pausing momentarily before her answer, Danieli then stated:
“Okay. Yes because there are other factors involved. You can be physically approaching someone and yelling at someone in the way that the person feels the need to defend themselves. Of course”.
Jordan had not been doing any of the above. In fact, Jordan was specifically telling Joseph not to start anything with him. Regardless, it is sickening to note Danieli Arbex’s elastic imaginations in her efforts to rationalize and justify why Joseph Yakow was justified for having shoved a smaller student and initiated a physical altercation in response to a verbal dispute in contrast to her narrow view of Jordan’s perspective being trapped in a small airlock with a larger student that had initiated a physical altercation with him. From here the conversation moved into discussion of the campus restrictions that had been laid against Jordan. Jordan expressed the difficulties that the sanctions were causing him in his studies. her further expressed his desire to challenge the sanctions and asked Daneili how he could do so. Danieli then responded that:
“No like right now. After this conversation, my intent was to just analyse everything and make sure to sent you a note to let you know that they would be lifted. Because this meeting is part of the reason why that sanction exists so far. Because this meeting didn’t happen before that’s why I had to give you some directions- some guidelines because we didn’t have that side of the story.”
Jordan’s legal counsel made sure to ask when this email stating that the sanctions were lifted would be sent. Danieli specifically states “today”. With that, the conversation toned down and the meeting soon concluded– of course this later turned out to have been a lie and not only did Danieli not lift the sanctions that night, the next day, she actually suspended Jordan and fully banned him from stepping foot on Campus Grounds (more about this ban below).
March 26th, 2019: DanieLi Arbex Meeting – Extra Details
The contents of this meeting are extremely disturbing, especially considering that (as far as our knowledge is concerned) Danieli Arbex has not at all been disciplined for any of her actions throughout this process.
DANIELI EXHIBITS DOUBLE STANDARDS
It is troubling that she could relate and empathize with a non-black student’s use of physical violence to defend himself from Jordan’s non-escalating words; however, she did not see how it could be justified for a Jordan to use physical force to defend himself from a non-black student’s physical attacks. Joseph was justified in physically attacking in efforts to defend himself against words that Jordan spoke to him (which contained no threats, and rather, indicated that Jordan was not willing to engage in an altercation), was Jordan not exponentially more justified in physically defending himself after he had actually been physically assaulted? Why is it that a non-black student is justified for using violence for self-defence against harmless words, yet a black student is disciplined for physically defending against a real physical attack? Danieli’s far-fetched justifications for Joseph’s verbal-to-physical escalation while simultaneously denying Jordan’s right to respond physically in defense of a physical attack is unworthy of the University of Windsor and must immediately be disposed of.
DANIELI DID NOT LISTEN TO JORDAN’S SIDE OF THE STORY IMPARTIALLY
It is apparent that Danieli had applied a thick filter of fear to the words that Jordan spoke during their meeting. It is also clear that Danieli Arbex simply wished to make short work of the matter and have Jordan quickly/silently expelled. In this matter Danieli Arbex saw no more than a student of her own complexion allegedly brutalized by what she considered to be a monster. She did not display much interest in any of the other details or evidence of the case that suggested anything to effect of Jordan not having been the aggressor– this despite the fact that Jordan voiced his grievances numerous times against Joseph during their meeting. She repeatedly asked for more information as to how Jordan defended himself and focused almost exclusively on the details that related to his own physical response to Yakow. Danieli went as far as arguing with Jordan and prejudicially stating her opinion that Joseph had been acting in self-defence (this was prior to contacting any witnesses and apparently prior to thoroughly reading the CCP report).
DANIELI FAILS TO THOROUGHLY READ COMPLAINT
Danieli’s apathy towards Jordan’s plight became increasingly eclipsed against a background of empathy/sympathy for the attacker who shared her skin colour. The level of absurdity of her apathy reached the point where it became fully apparent she had not even read the police reports she had emailed Jordan. At one point during the interview Jordan asked her if she had contacted the witness listed on the police report. She responded coolly, “Oh how didn’t I see that?…..oh wow, I didn’t see that” as though this was an innocent and negligible mistake to be making in a process towards a decision that could fatally influence the entire academic/career future of a student. This was Jordan’s life that Danieli was weighing in the balance. This was his academic future; his key to making a living; his key to supporting a family, and Danieli had not even taken time to carefully read the police reports in a case she was assigned to investigate. Given her oversight of the witness information, it is highly likely Danieli had taken only her first encounter with Yakow into account and did not compare the statements he had made in the campus police report to the story he had told her. Had she done so, she would have likely immediately noticed the inconsistencies between Yakow’s statement in the reports that he had pushed Jordan first and his verbal statements to her that he had done nothing to instigate physically.
DANIELI FAILS TO PROVIDE JORDAN DISCLOSURE
In addition to the fact that Danieli did not seem to acknowledge the inconsistencies in Joseph’s statements– which were ultimately acknowledged in the subsequent investigator’s report— there was no way for Jordan and his legal representative to scrutinize such inconsistencies, because Danieli had withheld the full disclosure from them. This also heavily suggests that Danieli did not even read over the evidence Jordan had provided and proceeded in the matter with her own idea of the rest of the details. Further evidence of this is that Yakow’s date of birth, student number, personal contact information and various other details had not even been redacted on the police reports Jordan received. This was not a fact-finding mission. This was a mission to gather all the evidence that pointed to the guilt of a black student without bothering to consider anything else.
DANIELI JUSTIFIES PROFESSOR WHO IGNORED JORDAN
In addition to all this, Danieli– while laughing– even went as far as to defend the Afif Nassif (the professor who had laughed, scoffed, and ultimately ignored Jordan’s call for help after being assaulted). “I don’t want to justify the professor but it’s so outside [laughing] what they’re usually dealing with that I can understand that he wouldn’t be prepared to respond” . It would seem Danieli could understand everything, including:
- An HR professor gas-lighting a victim of assault and acting as if Jordan was the irrational one for being upset about having just been assaulted
- The same prof laughing and scorning them for asking for help and refusing to aid them
- The same prof speaking disapprovingly of the student for defending himself from a larger student’s assault
- The same prof failing to preserve a safe environment for a student who had just been assaulted
- A supposedly impartial misconduct investigator failing to closely read police incident records as an investigator.
- An academic integrity officer lying repeatedly to Jordan about his procedural rights
- Joseph physically attacking Jordan for allegedly being afraid of Jordan speaking up for himself
but she could not understand why in a rational world a black student would ever have the desire and moreover, the gull to defend himself. It was this thought that was beyond her threshold tolerance of insanity. Danieli’s bias in this meeting is abundantly obvious. Her displayed behaviours are not the appropriate form for an Academic Integrity Officer nor are they for a Misconduct Investigator. Danieli must be immediately removed from her position. Every day Danieli continues her role puts innocent and vulnerable students at significant risk. She must be terminated.
March 27th, 2019: DanieLi Arbex Bans Jordan From Campus
As was mentioned in the March 26th, 2019 Meeting Narrative , Danieli informed Jordan that she would be sending him an email lifting the sanctions that very night after the meeting. This is just one of the many lies Danieli told Jordan during their interactions. Jordan did not at all receive an email from Danieli that day, It was not until the next day– four minutes prior to her office’s closing hour– that Jordan received an email from Danieli, and when he did, it was of a radically different nature than that which they had discussed. Rather than lifting Jordan’s sanctions (as she had stated she would), Danieli took action to drastically increase the restrictions. The email stated that, “Based on the information so far, the Assessment and Care Team was updated…….[and]…..has recommended to the Associate Vice-President (RyanFlannagan) , Student Experience that you should not be permitted on Campus for the remainder of this term until such time that the University has made a final decision regarding the complaint that has been filed against you”.
Danieli’s claim that the Assessment and Care Team (ACT) was updated on the matter is yet another questionable representation that she made. In response to the email, Jordan accessed the ACT team page on Uwindsor.ca and read the information provided on procedures for students of concern. On the ACT FAQ webpage it is clearly stated that persons identified as “students of concern” are permitted to contact the ACT team in order to obtain more information. It was at this point Jordan first realized Danieli herself was a member of the ACT team. Suspiciously, this had not been previously disclosed to him. Further, upon contacting members of the ACT team to request additional information about his status, it became clear to Jordan that it was highly unlikely the emailed decision to ban him had actually been made as a team because none of the members he managed to reach (except Michael Mackinnon who– as director of campus police, knew Jordan’s name from his police files) were even aware of who he was. Multiple members he spoke to also indicated that Danieli was the dominant member of the ACT team. Jordan’s conversations with most of these members are documented/recorded.
Further, Jordan was informed by members of ACT that the team had not even held a meeting since their first discussion with Danieli. The members informed Jordan that team meetings were held weekly on Thursdays. Jordan had met with Danieli on Tuesday March 26th; she had emailed him about the ACT team on Wednesday March 27th; and the next meeting of the ACT team was on Thursday the 28th. This makes it highly unlikely that Danieli even had the time to properly update the team concerning the matter. These facts, along with Danieli’s displayed willingness to violate protocol (which will be expanded on in our coming release of the March 28th, 2019 interaction in which Danieli pushed a panic button and reported Jordan to the police for attending her office with her permission) in an apparent effort to portray Jordan as being guilty of the claims made against him by Joseph Yakow, heavily suggest she had also acted unilaterally on the matter without consulting the other ACT members in making her recommendation.
Additionally, (as can be seen in the screenshot) the email dictating the decision to increase the sanctions was sent to Jordan from Danieli’s own email and not from the Vice President Student Experience. Such procedure is questionable in light of the fact that the ACT team is only an advisory committee that cannot enforce any sanctions against students but rather can only advise the Vice President to do so (this was also explained to Jordan by members of the ACT team). Though Danieli acted outside of the authority of her position and chose to speak for the Vice President within her email, there was no explicit indication that his alleged endorsement of the sanction was in fact the truth (specifically when Danieli states that the VP “concurs with this decision”). The vice president was not even copied on the email, nor was any other party copied. Further, there were no details provided to Jordan as to reasons the sanctions would have been increased immediately after having a meeting with Danieli that did not suggest he was in anyway, a greater threat to campus than he had been before the meeting.
Such details as to the reasons for a sanction must be included in any such decision. In cases where suspensions are laid prior to the completion of a final decision, it is Uwindsor policy to complete an NA-2 “Order of Suspension or Exclusion from Campus” form. The attached screenshot clearly shows that there must be very explicit reasons given for the sanction (which were not done in Jordan’s case), additionally, the President (Douglas Kneale) is supposed to have been notified by the VP upon making such a decision. When Jordan submitted a freedom of information request to the University to obtain said form, he was informed by Richard Taylor (in-house counsel for the University) that “A search was conducted and there are no responsive records……with respect to your request for: a record of any notification of the president of the complaint identified in NA Form 2 referenced above……we have been advised that notification to the President’s Office was verbal and there are no responsive records” (see screenshot here). Of course, it is an extremely convenient coincidence that no form was filled out by both the President and the Vice President in conjunction with a suspicious email sent by Danieli without either copied and without any reasons stated. This is only the beginning of Danieli’s very suspicious manipulation of documents in relation to Jordan’s matter, and her actions eventually progressed from questionable, to concerning, to outright illegal– as will be covered in the near future continuation of this narrative. Danieli’s apparently unilateral action in issuing such a ban to Jordan skipped– not just one– but two levels of executive authority in order to exact her own will. It is frightening to see what Danieli has done outside of the current authority of her role and even more so to think of what a person of her character would do with even greater organizational responsibility.
Having learned that Danieli also performed dual roles as both the lead member of the ACT Committee and the misconduct investigator, Jordan began researching theACT’s Behavioural Intervention Plan (which Danieli had attached in her email banning Jordan). He learned that in any interview with a student from which information could be drawn upon for ACT intervention recommendations against the student, s/he is to be informed by the ACT team of the possibility that information shared would be used as such. Specifically, the BIP states “The student will be informed that information obtained in this initial interview will be helpful in determining appropriate intervention strategies.” At no point in Jordan’s recorded interview with Danieli did she notify him of this.
Lastly, Jordan learned that when she made this decision, she had not contacted the witness he provided at any point leading to it. Jordan had provided a recorded statement from a witness stating his account of the incident and clearly indicating that Yakow was the aggressor in the altercation (this witness claimed to have only seen the very end of the altercation). To our knowledge, we have received no confirmation from the University that contact was ever attempted with this witness.
Prior to even discussing the egregious nature of Danieli’s later actions involving the issuing of false statements concerning Jordan to the police, it is apparent that she lacks regard for due process and protocol. Danieli cannot at all be trusted with such institutional power; and. The University must immediately take action to remove her from her position and discipline her for this unscrupulous behaviour.
June 19th, 2019: Jordan Submits Human Rights Complaint Re: Danieli Arbex
On June 19th, 2019, Jordan Afolabi submitted a comprehensive, 23-page human rights claim concerning the above described actions of Danieli Arbex to the President’s office (Douglas Kneale, at the time). This complaint was sealed and marked “Confidential, To Be Opened Only By the President of University of Windsor: Douglas Kneale”. Contained in this complaint were audio recordings of every incident that has occurred thus far in Jordan’s experience exonerating himself and having his suspension and charges dropped. This complaint included details regarding Danieli Arbex’s discriminatory pushing of the panic button despite having called Jordan to her office, evidence of her not having done the bare minimum to understand the assault on Jordan by Joseph Yakow (despite this being mandatory due process), and more. The complaint cited campus regulations and bylaws, and also drew from Ontario Human Rights law in order to substantiate the contained claims. Jordan submitted this complaint with the expectation that the University would respond promptly in accordance with Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Policy. According to the set of six criteria for a proper response to a human rights complaint outlined in OHRC policy, complaints received by Ontario institutions “must be acted upon promptly when received”. It was on this basis that Jordan set his expectations.
~June 25th, 2019: Jordan’s 1st Followup with Charlene Roe
On the approximate date of June 25th, 2019, Jordan attended Assumption Hall briefly to follow up with Charlene Roe on his complaint. This was their first meeting. Jordan inquired as to whether or not Charlene recalled seeing an envelope marked confidential. Charlene responded affirmatively that she remembered seeing one but did not know much else. Jordan thanked her and left. The conversation was brief and uneventful.
July 31st, 2019: Jordan’s 3rd Followup with Charlene Roe PART 1
Some hours after visiting the HR department, Jordan attended the Assumption building looking to follow up on the email he had sent in accordance with the instructions he had received from the Charlene during their last conversation. When he arrived, the lobby workstation was empty, so he walked around the corner of the lobby into the east facing hallway to search for someone to speak. Jordan has stated he was not certain if the receptionist was on vacation because it was mid summer at the time. Jordan also recalls the doors on both sides of the counter were propped wide open with several people walking in and out of each– some of which Jordan stated looked to be students. As Jordan searched for someone, Charlene appeared from around the far south corner of the hallway looking startled and visibly upset to see him. Jordan’s interaction with the secretary was short but the details are significant. The conversation is described in greater detail in our article. Upon seeing her Jordan greeted her and asked “Are you coming back?” Charlene responded with a series of interrogation and accusations. The following video is a recording of their conversation:
July 31st, 2019: Jordan’s 3rd Followup with Charlene Roe PART 2
Jordan later obtained a recording of the call Charlene had made to the police. The details of which follow below:
CHARLENE IMPLIES JORDAN CAME 3 TIMES IN ONE DAY
In the first few seconds of her call to the police, Charlene somewhat truthfully states that it was Jordan’s third time attending the Assumption Hall building. What she omits to say is that it was his third time in the span of 42 days. It would seem that she intentionally portrays the matter as though the student had attended the building three times in one day without an appointment. Even if this had been the case, the behaviour would still not amount to criminal activity and certainly would not warrant police intervention; tuition-paying UWindsor students are entitled to attend open admin buildings as often as they need with or without an appointment, and such is actually the norm for many administrative offices such as the Registrar and Cashier departments.
CHARLENE ALLEGES JORDAN REFUSED TO ID/DEMANDED TO SEE PRESIDENT
Also notable in the brief 25-second exchange is that at no point can Charlene be heard asking Jordan for his name and at no point does Jordan refuse to “state his business” even though Charlene is heard in the recording falsely alleging that Mr. Afolabi had refused to identify himself to her and had also refused to state his business in the building. Further, these accusations are seemingly strange enough on their own as the area of the building in question is freely accessible to all UWindsor students and being present there does not typically require explanation. Beyond this though, is the fact that– despite Charlene alleging that he had done so– not once in the recording is Jordan heard demanding to speak with the president.
CHARLENE ALLEGES JORDAN AGGRESSIVELY SAYS “YOU CALM DOWN”
A particularly troubling segment in Charlene’s call to the police occurs when she claims to be fearful of returning alone to the lobby where the student was waiting because he had asked her to be calm. At multiple points, Charlene states:
“He said ‘you calm down’. That’s why I don’t want to go out there. And he won’t give us his name– he just keeps wanting to come in here.
I’m a little leery to go out there by myself; That’s why I’m in Laura’s Office…[operator responds briefly]…I can’t see him from here. That’s the only thing. So if I go to the lobby I’m back with him, and he’s already told me to calm down.”
Asking a person to “calm down” should not be considered a threat or escalation, but rather a demonstrated effort to diffuse animosity; However, Charlene’s interpretation of a request to calm down as an escalating threat, instead of an attempt to diffuse the situation, is a clear sign of racially-influenced bias. Considering a hypothetical scenario in which Jordan had angrily accosted the secretary, rightfully demanded to know why his Human Rights Claim was unlawfully ignored for 42 days by her institution, and subsequently called the police in response to the secretary’s request that he “calm down”, the truth hidden by the active double standard should become apparent; calling the police on any human requesting to speak in a calm manner is a highly inappropriate abuse of EMS services. Further, doing so while acting on a racial bias is an even greater abuse of Canadian Human Rights.
CHARLENE TELLS POLICE THAT JORDAN IS “RATTING OUT PROFS”
Lastly, despite claiming Jordan had refused to state his business (yet never asking what his business was in the first place), Charlene seemed to be fully aware of the nature of Jordan’s visits. In fact, during her call to the police, she describes Jordan’s human rights claim with great detail stating that Jordan had submitted an anonymously signed written document and was “ratting out profs and other students”. This is a very disturbing detail because as stated, Jordan had submitted a 23-page claim in a sealed envelope explicitly labelled “Urgent and confidential to be opened only by the president of University of Windsor: Dr. Douglas Kneale”. UWindsor’s own policies unequivocally state that “employees are given access to information contained in student records on a strict, need-to-know basis”.
This is important because Charlene is not the president’s secretary– nor is she listed in the University’s staff directory as a member of the president’s office staff team which has its own secretary and assistant. Charlene works as the lobby receptionist of the building in which the president’s office– as well as several other offices– are located. Any suggestion that she opened a package marked “confidential only to be opened by the president” on account of her secretarial duties to the president are heavily undermined by these facts.
We can’t say for certain how Charlene knew with such detail what was in the sealed envelope Jordan had mailed, but if we had to venture a guess, we’d speculate it was certainly against UWindsor privacy policies. In any case, Charlene’s knowledge of the complaint and her willingness to openly speak disparagingly of a black student’s effort to peacefully assert his lawful right to self-advocacy is cause for serious questioning of UWindsor’s Human Rights Policy.
July 31st, 2019: Jordan’s 3rd Followup with Charlene Roe PART 3
POLICE ARRIVE AND QUESTION JORDAN
Not knowing Charlene had made the call to the police and expecting she would simply return with a senior executive, Jordan made his way back to the lobby to wait.
Suddenly, four police officers entered and directed Jordan to exit the building with them. Outside, Jordan was detained and questioned by the officers who were under the impression that there was an “excitable” student refusing to leave until he spoke with the president. It wasn’t until after he played the recording of the interaction that he was allowed to leave by the police. Jordan recalls that the officers seemed confused by the reality of what they heard in contrast to the false statements that Charlene Roe had made.
DOUGLAS KNEALE BANS JORDAN
Despite the officers opting not to arrest Jordan, former Interim President Douglas Kneale instructed them to issue a trespass order permanently banning Jordan from the building at the requests of the secretaries– who the officers described as being “animate” in “fear for their safety”. This order remains in effect till this day even though the University has made no finding of misconduct on Jordan’s part nor provided any official reason or process of appeal.
DOUGLAS KNEALE INTENTIONALLY IGNORED JORDAN’S LETTER
In addition, the officer that relayed Douglas Kneale’s trespass order to Jordan also expressed that the president was in fact in receipt of Jordan’s initial complaint and that he had intentionally chosen no to act on it— citing the fact that he was on the tail end of his presidential duties and did not want to risk complicating his return to the provost role by involving himself in any situation that would potentially cause a conflict of interest for him in his new role. He then added (as relayed by the officer) that he “will respond to it maybe in a week”. To date, Jordan has received absolutely nothing in the form of a response from Dr. Kneale.
August 1st, 2019: Jordan Submits 2nd Human Rights Claim RE: Assumption Hall
JORDAN SUBMITS A NEW COMPLAINT
In response to the incident, Jordan drafted yet another complaint to the University, specifying the numerous Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) policies that had been violated in their response to him. Jordan forwarded a copy of this complaint to both President Douglas Kneale as well as Vice President of Student Affairs Ryan Flannagan. In the complaint, Jordan cites multiple portions of Ontario Human Rights Commission Policy and declares his unwillingness to abandon his complaints and informs the University that he would not intimidated by any threats or acts of reprisals stating:
“In conclusion, I want to make it absolutely clear that I am not willing to abandon my complaints. This matter will not just ‘go away’ for the University by ignoring me. I will continue to fiercely pursue my complaints against the University. The university will respond to them in accordance with human rights regulations. If they do not, this will constitute a further breach of my human rights. It will result in further complaints, and if these further complaints are not dealt with, the cycle will continue. You must understand that there is no version of this matter that concludes with my capitulation to unlawful threats, negligence, abuse, or reprisals.”
The full complaint can be read below:August 1st, 2019 - Assumption Hall Complaint