Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Marcy Resigning

One more update:
Daily Cal:

Astro Undergraduate Statement

"we as students do not feel supported or protected by the current administration"

Marcy is leaving behind a storied career and public persona, not to mention nearly $900,000 in federal grants, $100 million in a private research effort to find “civilizations beyond Earth,” and two graduate students.

- hope those students are getting support in this...

More update:

UC Berkeley's statement on pending resignation of astronomer Geoff Marcy

Here is the statement released Wednesday afternoon from Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele:

This morning Professor Geoff Marcy resigned from the Berkeley faculty. We believe this outcome is entirely appropriate and have immediately accepted his resignation.

UC Berkeley's reaction to the finding that Professor Geoff Marcy violated the University's sexual harassment policies has been the subject of understandable criticism and anger.

Before describing the disciplinary options that were available to us, we want to state unequivocally that Professor Marcy's conduct, as determined by the investigation, was contemptible and inexcusable. We also want to express our sympathy to the women who were victimized, and we deeply regret the pain they have suffered.

It is important to understand that as Berkeley's leadership considered disciplinary options, we did not have the authority, as per University of California policy, to unilaterally impose any disciplinary sanctions, including termination. Discipline of a faculty member is a lengthy and uncertain process. It would include a full hearing where the standards of evidence that would be used are higher than those that are applied by the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) in the course of its investigations. The process would also be subject to a three-year statute of limitations.

Our objective was to protect our students by immediately preventing any re-occurrence of the behavior described in the investigative report. We thus chose to establish, in writing, a strict set of behavioral standards that went beyond what is specifically proscribed by the University's rules and regulations. In addition, the agreement authorized the administration to by-pass the lengthy, uncertain disciplinary process by stripping the professor of a faculty member's usual due process rights.

We recognize and share the frustration that many have expressed, and we are committed to work with the Office of the President and the Academic Senate to reform the University's disciplinary processes, criteria and standards so that in the future we have different and better options for discipline of faculty.

We also want our campus community to know that we fully support new efforts now underway in a number of departments and colleges to address cultural issues and standards related to sexual harassment. We must do everything in our power to create the conditions necessary for quick and confidential reporting of suspected violations of our rules and standards of conduct.


In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the university defended its decision not to fire Marcy, citing University of California policy.
“UC Berkeley’s reaction to the finding that Professor Geoff Marcy violated the University’s sexual harassment policies has been the subject of understandable criticism and anger,” Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele, said in the statement.
“We want to state unequivocally that Professor Marcy’s conduct, as determined by the investigation, was contemptible and inexcusable.”
Marcy has also resigned as principal investigator of the $100 million Breakthrough Listen project,
Daily Cal:
Campus astronomer Geoffrey Marcy to resign amid sexual harassment allegations


How Astronomers Sought to Intervene With Geoff Marcy — and What’s at Stake for Women in the Field
But when she met Mr. Marcy in his office one day 11 years ago, she says, he gave her a mixed message. While he said the young female students had misinterpreted his behavior, which he said he did not intend as sexual, he also said he would take the complaints to heart.

"He said he was going to change," recalls Ms. Murray-Clay. "He said this was not going to happen again."

And then, she says, it did. Over and over again.

Ms. Murray-Clay went back to talk to Mr. Marcy several times about his behavior before she left Berkeley, in 2008, she says, and so did other students. She also complained to the astronomy-department chairman, in 2005, and to Berkeley’s Title IX office, in 2006. But, she says, nothing happened.

Berkeley would not respond to questions on the issue, beyond its public statements

And also earlier- CHE:

-it has come down to UC announcements via screenshot?

And this keeps rolling out:

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