Who was behind the terminations in LAD?

Now let’s take a minute and think. Who could have wanted all those specific people from the Liberal Arts Department to go? Who was the person who was the most endangered by what they all knew about him/her?

The ex-head of LAD had specific reasons to let these people go. All of them knew how badly she was managing the English language courses. All of them were witnesses of how by her fault there were two courses in English with exactly the same content, exactly the same book, and exactly the same assignments but with a different number of credit hours. All of them were also witnesses of the massive grade curves given to students in these English classes. Some of them even had refused to give those curves! She had an interest in terminating them. They also were involved with the Phoenix show which cost AUM millions because someone from Procurement (probably middle managers along with the Lebanese Chief of Security) was stealing money by having secret agreements with the external providers of services. They all needed someone to blame.

The current head of LAD gave even more massive grade curves. Why is this? Because the students have low English level. Everyone knows that he was the ex-head of EPP and that the program he prepared is his. It is a new program that he created, along with Mohaned who knows nothing about teaching English, and if the students are worse, it follows that either AUM accepts anybody or the program is no longer working. AUM claim that they have strict entry tests and criteria. Then, it is the fault of the preparatory program. How to better cover that than by terminating those who know of this and had proof that something the boss designed is not working? AUM would rather terminate than admit their mistakes.

What about the two coordinators in LAD? Each of them a worse liar than the other. The coordinator of English is reported to have regularly lied about what one of the terminated faculty would say to him. He would report wrongfully to his superiors about that person. AUM News Weekly received a report from someone currently in the Liberal Arts Department who says:

“Both coordinators are scared of their own shadows and will lie about anything to cover up their own mistakes. Dr Xxxxxx made us re-grade over 600 papers and stay over time when he himself went out to have dinner with his family. They never paid us this over time when we were staying the night. We were re-grading the papers of someone who had decided to give all students random grades.” Why was this person not terminated right there and then? Why were all the ethical faculty terminated? Why those who would read pages and pages of essays within those unrealistic 72 hours they get for grading exams? Why not this person who just decided to give any grade that came to mind? Is it maybe because that person is friends with the ex-LAD school headmistress who was only fit for showing people who dared have an opinion the CVs of potential candidates to replace them?

The truth is, after their third or fourth year at AUM, people start knowing too much because they have seen how unethical the place is. These people become uncomfortable for the management and they are terminated one by one if they do not go by themselves. AUM does everything to encourage them to leave by isolating them, stressing them out, pressurizing them and scaring them. Make no mistake in thinking that if there are not enough people at the university, they will keep you because they need you. They will not keep you if they suddenly find out how you believe that what they think they do right is wrong in reality.

Letting people go without reason at AUM means that these people were doing something right. Everyone who remains is either someone who has avoided communicating with anyone or someone who has repeatedly backstabbed everyone else.

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AUM Getting Stingy

ACM AUM Review reported today that AUM are refusing to pay newly-terminated faculty. AUM are trying to scare you when they terminate you. If they know that they cannot, they try to cajole you, promising you that all will go well and you can get back to them whenever you want to leave. In both cases, they will try to not give you the money they owe you.

What AUM owes to any employee it terminates is the following:

  1. all of your indemnity money in full
  2. all of your overtime
  3. three months salary in case they want you to be out immediately. If not, they can make you stay work for 3 months but they rarely do.
  4. all of your summer leave money that you have accrued.

In all cases, SIGN NOTHING before contacting a lawyer. Agree to nothing before contacting a lawyer. Avoid getting influenced or believing anything AUM HR personnel tell you. Seek your rights, always! If you are in doubt, you can comment on any of the blogs and we will answer you. You can also write to:

therealsoccerdaddy@gmail.com the name is self-explanatory… he hates AUM with a passion…

lorenzo.jr@mail.ru maintains the Arabic version of this blog and has a lot of inside information as he is at AUM

patty.webler@protonmail.com has been following AUM for years now and is an active contributor to all the blogs

You can also contact any ex employee, either on LinkedIn or get in touch with your ex-colleagues. You are bound to know someone who got fired before you. Get their advice and reach out! There is a support network out there!

Stats

Dear AUM/ACM Management,

We know that you are afraid. How does it feel like? We are glad you feel what we are feeling every single day on the job. To scare you even further, here are some stats. (Thank you ACMAUM Review for the idea – credit goes to you and we hope you do not mind us sharing ours. You beat us so far! Good job!)Stats

And to scare you even further, AUM News Weekly will soon be opening its LinkedIn profile to track all of your job posts and warn all of your potential employees of what an employer you are.

Kind regards,

AUM News Weekly

AUM Slogans

You will see below a series of slogans that can be found all across AUM. Native speakers, while there still were some left at AUM, offered to proofread these slogans but their offer was declined. The result is comic:

There are a few of these that, if analysed, can tell you a lot about what kind of a place AUM is. Take for example this:

“Decide what you want. Decide what you are willing to exchange for it.” It is very simple. If you want to work for AUM, you must be ready to exchange for it all of your integrity. You will have to leave that in front of the gate before you swipe in to work. You will get some money in exchange but you will be forever changed. You will live in fear. You will auto-censor yourself continually. Decide what you want.

“Establish your priorities and go to work.” This is an amazing example of AUM work ethic. There is no work-life balance at AUM. There only is continual, meaningless slavery. At all levels, AUM is not about a mission or a vision. Both of these are a façade. Your priorities right now if you are still with us at AUM should be to quickly find a new job. Do not wait. Life will not wait for you.

AUM Students Being Honoured…

IMG-20170616-WA0003Above is a picture taken in 2016. AUM students’ full names along with their GPA were displayed like this for everyone to see. A good way of celebrating success you think? Not exactly. There are at least two levels on which this was wrong:

  1. Students were embarrassed to see their full names along with their GPA stuck on the wall for everyone to see. Many were complaining to their instructors that this was a breach of privacy. Yes, the same privacy that AUM so much likes to brag about when it forbids faculty to publish research that involves students from AUM. Explain to us please why we cannot do anonymous, confidential scientific research with the students while you publish their names along with their GPA for absolutely everyone to see?
  2. The GPA of female students was displayed publicly and on this picture you are actually seeing two male students gloating at the names of female students, joking around with the GPA they have obtained. Many of the female students were livid! Can we ask if this was an attempt at match-making?

Students, this is one of the many examples of how little you count for AUM. They only SAY to you how student-centred they are. They are not. You are business for them and they will use your pictures, your work and anything you bring to this place to advance their own agendas. How many of you have been forced to appear on camera? How many of you were asked before footage was shot if this footage can actually be used? For how much did you sell your faces? Was it for 3% on top of a grade you got? Will you be happy one day that your face was, and might still be, out there for everyone to see? How many of you have had Student Affairs shout at them that they do not deserve the grades they got while they were trying to persuade you to agree to appear on a poster?

You can always say no. You can always tell AUM staff that you will call your lawyers!

Corresponding with AUM HR…

We have received the below emails from someone who is no longer at AUM. They write to us that they have been following out blogs with great attention for a while now and that they want everyone to see the lack of communication between HR and employees. They are publishing this correspondence with the hope to make things better for others in the future.
Here is some background on the story: After AUM terminated with “immediate effect”, they took forever to settle things, leaving the employee uncertain as to what was going to happen. They would not answer phone calls and when they made the phone calls, they would threaten the employee with vague threats about “authorities”, police and not being allowed to leave the country. This caused the employee psychological and emotional stress, and the employee was, as often during the employment with AUM, on medication. AUM News Weekly would like to point out that if anything like that is happening to you, right now working at AUM and having to be on medication, you can seek your rights legally!
If you ask the HR employees why they did this, they will tell you that they were told to do so. Someone on the other blog called this very accurately The AUM Nuremberg Defence. Being told to do so is not an excuse. Your boss may tell you to throw yourself off a roof or to kill someone. Will you do that? We would like to know why is it excusable for AUM to ask of its employees to behave unethically?
APRIL 4th
——– Original Message ——–
From: xxx xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx>
Date: 4.04.17 20:22 (GMT+02:00)
To: rxxxx.axx@aum.edu.kw
CC: cxxxx.yxxxxx@aum.edu.kw
Subject: my termination and some requests
Dear Rxxxx,

I would like you please to send me a formal e-mail notifying me that I do not have to come to work from now on. If you do not send this to me, I will show up at work every day until the 3 months are over.
Also please, send me information about the following information:
1. the exact amount of the money I will get and in details please – please do remember to count my assignment increment in my total salary (xxxx kwd/month total), my indemnity, untaken leave days, untaken sick leave, etc.
2. the time it will take for you to go through formalities
3. send me a copy of the report that you drafted yesterday during our meeting.
I will appreciate it if you did this asap.
Thank you,
xxx

APRIL 5th
——– Original Message ——–
From: xxx xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx>
Date: 5.04.17 8:58 (GMT+02:00)
Tо: Rxxxx Axx <Rxxxx.Axx@aum.edu.kw>
Subject: RE: today at work

Dear Rxxxx,
Please state clearly if I should come to work. According to my lawyer, I should unless you plainly state that I should not. Please write this down formally in an e-mail or otherwise.
Please answer all of my questions in my e-mail message from yesterday. Please answer clearly and point by point.
Thank you,
xxx

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On Wed, 5/4/17, Rxxxx Axx <Rxxxx.Axx@aum.edu.kw> wrote:
Subject: RE: today at work
To: xxx xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx>
Date: Wednesday, 5 April, 2017, 5:51

Dear Dr. xxx,

Kindly be informed that the original termination letter has been sent to your address through registered mail.

Regards,

Rxxxx Axx

—– Original Message —–
From: xxx xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx>
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 8:31 AM
To: Rxxxx Axx <Rxxxx.Axx@aum.edu.kw>;
Cxxxx Yxxxxx <Cxxxx.Yxxxxx@aum.edu.kw>
Cc: mxxxxxxx.sxxxxx@aum.edu.kw
Subject: today at work

Dear Rxxxx,
Today I have come to work as I stated in my e-mail from yesterday. I am here at Gate C.
I have called you on your mobile phone but you did not pick up. I have also called Mr Suxxxx who cut me off in the middle of our conversation and then no longer picked
up.
I would please like to let you know that I will wait here at Gate C. Please do send me the documents and information I asked you about.
Thank you,
xxx

APRIL 6th
——– Original Message ——–
From: xxx xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx>
Date: 6.04.17 11:51 (GMT+02:00)
To: rxxxx.axx@aum.edu.kw
Cc: cxxxx.yxxxxx@aum.edu.kw, mxxxxxxxx.sxxxxx@aum.edu.kw, mxxxxxx.hxxxxxxx@aum.edu.kw
Subject: my termination and some requests

Dear Rxxxx,
Despite my polite requests and calls, you still have not replied to my messages. I have requested of you 3 very simple things:
1. please state you do not want me coming to work the next 3 months.
2. please inform me formally what now – money-wise, residency, tickets for home. I need to sort my life out and I need to plan ahead. It is your duty to inform your employee of these things.
3. please send me a copy of the document you signed in my presence on April 3.
I will be sending you another formal letter if this persists. Do keep in mind that your silence also speaks.
xxx

APRIL 12th
On Apr 12, 2017, at 11:18 AM, xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx> wrote:

Dear Rxxxx,
Any news about the tickets?
Thanks,
xxx

 

APRIL 13th
——– Original Message ——–
From: xxx xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx>
Date: 13.04.17 16:14 (GMT+02:00)
To: Rxxxx Axx <Rxxxx.Ax@aum.edu.kw>
Subject: tickets

Dear Rxxxx,

I do not want to seem pushy, but at this point I would like to have information about the tickets. Are you planning to send me tickets any time soon?
Do I have to start hanging outside AUM gates again for you to actually do something about this? Frankly, I have absolutely no problem with getting a tent and living outside of AUM gates until you and your team decide to send me tickets. I know that I have asked for dates that are later on in May, but still, it will be so much simpler and less expensive for you to just send them to me now. It will probably avoid you some trouble too.
Alternately, I could also start copying people, including the President of the Universe. Do you wish me to do this?
Ignoring my e-mails will sadly not help very much…
Have an amazing week-end!
xxx

APRIL 15th
——– Original Message ——–
From: Rxxxx Axx <Rxxxx.Axx@aum.edu.kw>
Date: 15.04.17 14:13  (GMT+03:00)
To: xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx>
Subject: Re: tickets

Dear dr Xxx,

Will call you tomorrow with regards to the tickets.

Regards,

Rxxxx Axx

APRIL 16th
——– Original Message ——–
From: xxx <xxx@yahoo.xx>
Date: 16.04.17 г. 16:42 (GMT+02:00)
To: Rxxxx Axx <Rxxxx.Axx@aum.edu.kw>, [Lawyer copied here] <xxx@xxx.xx>
Cc: Cxxxx Yxxxxx <cxxxx.yxxxxx@aum.edu.kw>, Mxxxxxx.Hxxxxxxx@aum.edu.kw

Subject: Re: tickets

Dear Rxxxx,
I am writing again to reflect on our conversation today, and to leave a written trace of it, as it is now 4:40 and I am not sure if you will honor your word.
First of all, you have no right to notify me or warn me about anything. Such discussions were not the announced topic of discussion in your e-mail message (see below). You are supposed to do your job and get me my tickets, rather than threaten me.
Please, if you cannot get me tickets to my current home where I am a permanent resident, then reserve the tickets for whichever airport you like (e.g. [Town – Country here] or whatever arranges you) and I can change that later myself. But please stick to your word – you said on the phone this morning that this will be done today.
Secondly, if you need to notify me of something, please do this formally and leave a written trace of it. It seems that you are leaving a written trail of whatever arranges you and in a way that is skewed.
Thank you,
xxx

 

Teaching Excellence at AUM? You wish!

'I understand that Mrs. Doan is retiring at the end of the semester.'
The excellence and quality of teaching at AUM next year and forever until the day it becomes a mall.

After AUM fired 3 awarded faculty (for excellence) this year, all from the Liberal Arts Department, and 2 more with excellent international qualifications from the same department, we wonder how many it will recruit, from where and with what qualification.

AUM also terminated or received the resignations of nearly 50 people this year. You can refer to ACMAUM Review for details here. The turnover rate is phenomenal! One thing at least in which AUM are leaders – keeping faculty scared, overworking them, disrespecting them and terminating them for no reason, while continuing to overwork the rest.

Above is what teaching quality at AUM will be like for next year and forever and ever until the place becomes a mall. Do yourself a favour, do not even consider accepting a contract at AUM!

Meanwhile, non-fired faculty will be having great fun with fully paid for ready-made projects. They will have to decide whether to pass those students or to fail them and then face the wrath of Student Affairs and their “but we cannot prove it, so give them an A” replies. Take a look:

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