WIT taught a mandatory course that would have been laughable had it not required attendance at an ungodly hour and a fuckton of busywork. (We're talking teaching Praxis in Hamsterfur Weaving Today from a 20 year-old textbook with five subsequent new editions laughable.)
While teaching said mandatory course, WIT displayed some seriously shitty politics in a discipline where such things are hands-down baseline unfuckingacceptable. WIT was, to put it mildly, unreceptive to gentle attempts to point out the shittiness of said politics. WIT played favourites and held grudges. If you were a favourite, you got gift-wrapped A+s and glowing recommendation letters. (WIT's colleagues would often spike letters for the same students in an attempt to mitigate this/fuck with WIT's reputation, but that's another rant.) WIT was, in short, great at buying dinner, but lousy at doing their fucking job.
As a committee member, WIT was a great cheerleader who offered no constructive guidance or feedback on research that was squarely within their disciplinary purview. The other committee members *may* have chosen the student's thesis defence as an opportunity to point out WIT's ineptitude (did I mention the virulent dysfunction part?). The student, to put it mildly, did not appreciate being the terrain upon which this war was waged, and fled, degree in hand, hoping to quietly go about their life and business, and trying to never have to be drawn into a discussion about WIT (or even admit to knowing them) ever again.
Alas, it was not to be, for when the time came for WIT's tenure file to be adjudicated, the department chair went to the trouble of tracking down the (former) student and requesting a "confidential" appraisal.
There is no way this coincidental.
There is no way the appraisal would remain confidential.
It is tough to say whether said appraisal would even matter, as WIT has a proven track record of attracting grant $$$$, and money may well speak louder than the active disdain of WIT's colleagues.
On the one hand, the (former) student's ethics dictate that submitting an honest appraisal is the right thing to do.
On the other hand, they have been trying so very hard to stay above the fray for a long time and do not wish to be sucked back in.
They are also well aware that they are not above occasional acts of pettiness, especially when there is deemed to be just cause.
So...if you were the friend I'm asking for, what would you do? And how would you phrase it?
Please be creative (yet honest)...and pass the fucking bourbon. I̶m̶m̶a̶ er, my friend will need it.