Saturday, September 3, 2016

... “So what if it was too lenient? It was the punishment that the university faculty and (privileges and tenure committee) decided was appropriate.”

Despite Napolitano’s previous ban, former Berkeley Law dean still on campus

In 2015, the campus Title IX office found that Choudhry had violated university sexual harassment policies by repeatedly acting inappropriately with his executive assistant Tyann Sorrell. Then-executive vice chancellor and provost Claude Steele, with approval from Dirks, disciplined Choudhry with a 10 percent reduction of his dean salary for one year, counseling and a written apology to Sorrell, who brought a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Steele and Dirks receivedwidespread criticism for the punishment, which many saw as lenient for a high-profile campus figure.

“People really need to relax and be calm and ask themselves what happened when the complaint was first undertaken, and when it was investigated and the discipline was agreed upon,”Taylor said. “So what if it was too lenient? It was the punishment that the university faculty and (privileges and tenure committee) decided was appropriate.”
Update, now here SF Chron coverage:

UC Berkeley’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination had previously investigated the claims and concluded Choudhry had violated university policy. His pay was docked 10 percent for a year, and he was required to apologize to his assistant and see a counselor at his own expense. Sorrell’s lawsuit, however, said the punishment was a slap on the wrist.
The case was among several questioned by critics, who said faculty, staff and administrators were given lenient and arbitrary punishment for violating the sexual misconduct policy. With the university facing growing criticism over its handling of sexual harassment cases, Choudhry stepped down as dean.
Law students met Friday to discuss the former dean’s return and planned to hold a town hall meeting this week to discuss concerns, including Choudhry’s role on campus, how often he’d be present and when the administration knew he would be back, according to a Boalt Hall Student Association memo.
Choudhry’s attorney, William Taylor, said his client is being subjected to “uninformed hysteria.



"Berkeley graduate student Julie Barrett alleges that UC Berkeley failed to pay her properly for her work as a reader in spring 2014 and that, as a result, she was not able to receive her master of laws degree from UC Berkeley School of Law.

"According to the lawsuit,
the university has previously argued a student can be treated differently if they are enrolled in a self-supporting program."


..."former Cal football player filed a class action lawsuit against the NCAA and the Pac-12 conference Thursday for an alleged “reckless disregard for the health and safety” of generations of Cal student-athletes suffering from concussion-related injuries."


UNC-Chapel Hill is considered a Public Ivy, as are College of William & Mary, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), University of California, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), University of Texas at Austin, University of Vermont (Burlington) and University of Virginia (Charlottesvil

Read more here:

"But to say the Public Ivies used to unite the parties is to say too little. They used to transcend such divisions. That they are now being used to inflame them bodes ill – not just for the Public Ivies, but for public discourse, too."

A strange story outta UCLA:
"This report was an attempt by (Block’s) administration to publicly scapegoat me for their systematic failure to adopt University of California policies and provide the necessary guidance to me and other student organizations when we approached them for help,” Chatterjee wrote."

"Chatterjee said in his letter he plans to finish his last year of law school at New York University while still receiving a UCLA degree. "


"The message goes on to say “The University of California Office of the President will conduct the global search for Davis’ next chancellor.”

Ah yes, there’s that magic world “global.” It appears the university has taken my advice already.

“Per Board of Regents policy, an advisory committee consisting of faculty from Davis and the rest of the University, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, regents and the UC Davis Foundation representatives will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position.”

In other words, blue-collar taxpayers who help to fund UC campuses will be left out in the cold when it comes to selecting the new Davis chancellor. This is clearly a job for well-educated insiders only.


"The lack of furniture at the residence opens a new chancellor up to potential criticism, Wilde said. “It would seem to me the new chancellor faces the possibility of a new controversy because their first act is to redecorate or replace everything.”

In his 2015 book published the same year he died, Vanderhoef questioned Katehi’s decision to replace the university-owned furniture with her personal possessions. He feared she was making the house seem less public and more private.

“I hope this doesn’t signal a change in the home’s use, that the UC Davis Chancellor’s residence will continue to be broadly open to our campus family and our community for decades to come,” wrote Vanderhoef.

The university provided documents to chancellor job candidates in 2008 estimating that UC Davis chancellors host about 2,700 guests at 50 events each year."

--But do they host all of those guests at 'The Residence'? Or at other venues on campus?

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