"A University of California, Irvine, professor and former dean who sexually harassed employees continued earning more than $200,000 a year after Title IX investigations found him responsible in 2014.
Joseph Lewis, an arts professor and former dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts had 26 allegations of sexual harassment made against him, according to documents released by UC Irvine on Tuesday.
Lewis repeatedly made sexual comments to women and touched them inappropriately between 2013 and May 2014, three months before he resigned from his position as dean.
Lewis was found responsible for several of the allegations, but continued to make $205,000 as of 2015, just $33,000 less than his pay in 2014.
Between 2014 and 2015, Lewis took a paid sabbatical before returning as a professor, according to his career history page.
Witnesses said they saw or personally experienced Lewis looking women up and down, bullying people, making sexual innuendos, making sexual comments about donors or using vulgar language that is demeaning to women. He denied many of the allegations against him.
One witness said that during an event, Lewis grabbed a female student by the arm and “pulled (her) to him in an embrace.” The witness said the student looked uncomfortable, and Lewis let her go after a few moments.
A complainant also said Lewis rubbed the satin cover of a book “in a circular motion with his fingers,” and said “I need to rub it, get it nice and (wet),” and then rubbed his fingertips together.
Lewis denied he made these comments and gestures."
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- Monica Lozano (AGAIN!)
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- Bruce Varner
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- UC Regents Committees
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"If The University Were A Business, It Would Likely Be The Largest Corporation In California"-Regents Minutes (2010)