Thursday, November 3, 2016

"We take the allegations of sexual harassment against Regent Norman Pattiz very seriously and find his comments as reported to be inappropriate and highly offensive,” said chair of the Board of Regents Monica Lozano in an email statement released Thursday. Lozano added that current UC Board of Regents policies do not address the actions of members outside of university business but that she would work to introduce new policies that solve this. “We cannot tolerate behavior that violates the University’s Statement of Ethical Values,” Lozano said in the email. Pattiz was reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to his current term, which will expire in 2026."

Daily Cal has updated their coverage with comments from chair of UC Regents,and others:

UC Regent Norman Pattiz recorded asking to touch breasts of colleague

Also see SF Gate:
Regent’s ‘offensive’ comments to actress don’t break UC rules

UC prohibits sexual harassment throughout the university — a policy approved by the regents — and requires regents to “comply with all applicable laws, regulations and university policies.”"
Yet Lozano said in her statement that UC policies don’t apply to regents when they aren’t on university business. “But I intend to bring forward new policies that will remedy this,” she said.
The regents are also barred from “seeking loopholes” to avoid compliance.


You might remember this from when the reappointed Regents were confirmed

"Regents Richard Blum, Monica Lozano, Norman Pattiz and Richard Sherman, who were nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown in January, were confirmed to serve a 12-year term on the board. While Blum, Lozano and Pattiz have previously served, "...

One of the main concerns students and faculty voiced about the confirmation of the nominees was Brown’s failure to consult a 12-member advisory committee in the selection of the regents, which is stipulated in article nine of the state constitution.

“Recent practice has been for governors to ignore that provision and publicly announce their nominations simultaneously with sending a letter of announcement to the advisory committee,” said Joe Kiskis, vice president of external relations of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, at a Senate committee hearing last Wednesday. “The public announcement significantly preceded the letter.”

After the regents’ confirmation, the University of California Student Association is now considering requesting the formal opinion of the state’s attorney general on the constitutionality of Brown’s actions. The organization also aims to put together a regent-reform package to put on the next ballot.

Reforms would include formalization of the regent-nomination process, shortening office term length and making donors to gubernatorial campaigns ineligible for regent nominations, according to Kevin Sabo, UCSA board chair and ASUC attorney general.

“We have a flawed process with a governor who has taken this process wholly upon himself,” Sabo said. “It’s not just Jerry Brown. We haven’t been following the process for a very long time — at least since Gray Davis.”

At the Senate committee meeting, during which the regents were moved to the state Senate for confirmation, several public commenters questioned whether the nominees were representative of average UC students and California residents.

The nominated individuals come from a background of business and finance with experience in fields such as investment banking, media and entertainment.

Before the hearing, the faculty association submitted a letter to multiple state Senators expressing similar concerns about the nomination process and the nominees’ failure to reflect the “economic, cultural and social diversity of the state” as specified in the state constitution.

“It’s a bunch of folks with a lot of money and not necessarily ties to the UC,” said Caitlin Quinn, ASUC external affairs vice president, whose office sent representatives to the hearing. “Most of them didn’t go to the UC or have experience in academia or anything public.”

Several other UC students also spoke during the hearing’s public testimony, including Sabo and UCSA President Jefferson Kuoch-Seng. All students urged the committee not to vote for Brown’s slate of nominees.

“One of the things that works in the regents’ favor is that people don’t understand the finer details about how the government and the UC is run,” Sabo said. “Your average student doesn’t make the connection between the regents and decisions about class sizes or tuition.”"


And there is:

Well, this is awkward. The University of California now is in a predicament. As it makes a concerted effort to amp up its campus policies on sexual harassment and assault, one of the regents on the board for the university system is apologizing for sexually harassing a woman at a company he owns. The regent, Norman J. Pattiz, was recorded asking an actress and host of a podcast whether he could hold her breasts while she taped a commercial about bras.


Has apathy set in on the Cal Chancellor search?

Chancellor search committee holds listening session for undergraduate, graduate students

"The undergraduate student listening session, which took place first, was attended by approximately 30 students."

"The graduate students’ meeting followed, and, though it was scheduled to last 90 minutes, it finished after only 40 minutes because of low turnout — only three students spoke and six attended.

“We’re looking to engage in a more meaningful way,” said doctoral student Andrew Stevens during the meeting. “When we talk about transparency it’s so that we can step up to the table and have more substantive conversations than what an ideal candidate would look like.”

Stevens, who is the rules officer for the Graduate Assembly, invited the members of the search committee to “come meet us where we are” at the GA’s delegate assembly meeting. He also noted that the listening session took place during the GA’s executive board meeting, which could account for the low turnout.

Concerns were also voiced about Isaacson, Miller, the private search firm that is assisting the committee with the chancellor search. One of the firm’s vice presidents, David Bellshaw, was at the listening sessions with two associates and assured the graduate students of the firm’s experience in assisting with search processes."

ASUC external affairs vice president calls for students to organize against potential tuition hikes

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