Should I be worried about getting a professor potentially fired? I reported someone for disability harassment (name-calling and very specific hate speech towards me a student with disabilities. (I'm in upper years of physics and economics).
I reported the complaints to the department head who, in turn, reported to two associate deans. I'm just a little bit scared about how all of this will go down. I don't want this professor fired or anything, which has kept me up at night. I also don't want him walking away scot-free, however. I reported the professor to a lawyer but have not sued my school, nor do I intend to. Instead, I had wanted to cover my butt. Sigh, I am horrified by the situation that caused me profound mental distress, yet I am also empathetic towards not wanting this professor to be penalized too harshly. I'm a human with a conscience. Tenured professors are never fireable, right? And disability harassment is not as bad as sexual harassment, right? (I got called a "useless broken kitten that no one would ever pick up from the animal shelter," amongst other things, so I suppose there is always sadly the possibility that that could be considered minor sexual harassment too.
It's too late to go back from my claims, as I have already reported them and I don't wish to harm my reputation by changing my mind or by saying that I invented things when I did not. However, I find myself empathizing with my former prof, and just wanted to ensure that consequences will most likely be minimal on his end. On mine, I've already been hurt.