Friday, June 1, 2018

Troubling Questions Around Dirks' and Christ's Chancellor Decisions On How To Communicate On This (Quashed then Scrubbed?) Report

And what direction did UCB receive or not receive from UCOP on it?-See:

"Cal scrapped probe of football program promised after 2014 death of player"

..."The resulting report — a set of 45 “ideas” for improving health and safety practices “in a perfect world” — effectively ends the prospect of a deep look inside the cloaked culture of Cal football training. Dirks hired the investigators in 2016 after The Chronicle revealed that an earlier examination conducted after defensive lineman’s Ted Agu’s death was tainted by conflicts of interest.

“There’s nothing in (the new report) about actual current practices,” said Michael O’Hare, who teaches public management at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and reviewed the report at The Chronicle’s request. “If you want to know if they’re doing better than when they killed one guy and sent another to the hospital, there’s nothing in this report to tell us. It’s about what we should be doing.”"...

"They were four months into their work when, in March 2017, Dirks quietly halted the examination in a note to Joy and Brazil released by UC Berkeley alongside the new report.

“I now believe that the best way to make good on our aspirations and objectives for the program is to focus exclusively on the future, and not on a review of practices or personnel that are either no longer in place or already subject to change,” Dirks said in the note.

Asked last week why he made that decision, Dirks said: “I inherited a football program that was broken, and am proud of the focus we put on, and success we had with, academic achievement.”

Dirks said members of the football staff wanted him to halt the study altogether after Dykes and Harrington left. Instead, he said, he “adjusted its mandate in order to move forward.”

Langan, of the Berkeley Faculty Association, pointed to one particular recommendation in the new report to show why she believed a thorough look at the football program was still necessary. It suggests creating an “appeal panel” for employees to confidentially report concerns about athletes’ welfare.

In their written responses to the recommendations, Cal officials rejected the idea, saying their campus whistle-blower policy already takes care of that.

Langan disagreed. She cited the case of Mohamed Muqtar, assistant director of student services in the athletics department, who was fired May 17 after seven former players accused him of sexually harassing women for nearly two decades.

“Student-athletes and staff have not felt sufficiently protected by (existing) policies,” she said, adding that a deep look at the football program might have shown that."...

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