Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UC Berkeley-Title IX -Again

Here is some add'l coverage:
Keep in mind that the "report" details were actually provided by the SF Chronicle coverage and much of the details were NOT provided by UC Berkeley , also keep in mind that the faculty representative in charge of Title IX at UC Berkeley has claimed - with odd robotic delivery- that the press hold flawed inaccurate "presuppositions" about Title IX processes at UC, in that 'sort of hypothetical' they used - specifically at the 7:40 timemark: here- an NBClocal as the example. And also relevant see the last fifteen minutes of that recent talk.

Now see:

Daily Cal gets to the story late with light coverage:

"Campus professor suspended over sexual harassment allegations"

But the Op Ed covers some real concerns:

UC Berkeley’s disciplinary process in Title IX cases is utterly flawed
CAMPUS ISSUES: Why is a UC Berkeley professor who was found to have more likely than not violated Title IX policies allowed to return to campus?

- what is not clearly mentioned as an area of concern is the bypassing of the privilege and tenure committee without the complainant's or complainants' knowledge or consent.
How were the asst provost and the faculty member allowed to engage in their own settlement agreement without the complainant's or complainants' knowledge and to cut off the details going forward for deliberations by the privilege and tenure committee?

UC Berkeley Professor Suspended In Another Sex Scandal

UC Berkeley Releases Details About Suspended Professor Accused Of Harassment
CBS San Francisco

UC Berkeley suspends professor accused of sexual harassment

UC Berkeley Suspends Tenured Professor Accused of Sexually Harassing Doctoral Candidate




San Francisco Chronicle
"UC Berkeley suspends prominent professor accused of sexual harassment"

"UC Berkeley has suspended a prominent professor in the department of East Asian languages and cultures after finding in 2018 that he sexually harassed a student, told her his sexual preferences, described sex fantasies and created a hostile work environment for her, The Chronicle has learned.

Alan Tansman, a tenured professor who is well known in his field and has written or edited books on Japanese literature and culture, agreed to disciplinary measures on Nov. 20 that were described to his former student in a letter from UC Berkeley Vice Provost Ben Hermalin. It said, in part, that “Tansman will be suspended from his normal duties as a UC Berkeley faculty member for a two-year period.” One year is to be unpaid, and the other partially paid.

The letter, obtained by The Chronicle, says Tansman’s unpaid suspension “represents a significant loss of income of over $190,000, in addition to a loss of all benefits, including service credit toward his retirement,” while in the second year, “Professor Tansman agrees to forfeit all his sabbatical credits.”

"What the letter doesn’t say is that Tansman has been granted a paid sabbatical for the second year, a perk that professors with seniority apply for in order to focus on research while free of the daily obligations of campus life.

His former student was appalled."
"The woman’s allegations against Tansman were upheld in February 2018, in a confidential report obtained by The Chronicle. A campus investigator interviewed 38 witnesses, five of whom said Tansman had sexually harassed or flirted repeatedly with them."

"The professor’s former student said the terms of the agreement raise questions about UC Berkeley’s commitment to reversing years of tolerance toward professors who sexually harass students and colleagues, a practice that many students and employees believed would end when Chancellor Carol Christ took the helm in 2017.

“This is a closed-room deal between two men,” the former student said. “Someone with a long pattern of sexual harassment should have been fired.”

Campus officials said Christ was aware of the agreement. They declined to comment on the Tansman case beyond their prepared statement."

"The Chronicle first reported the story about Tansman in May as part of an article about women who said they were harassed years ago by UC Berkeley professors still employed by the university. Now they were seeking delayed justice and asking the university to investigate their complaints.

In Tansman’s case, the student who complained had been his doctoral student from 2003 to 2007, and a postdoctoral fellow in 2008 and 2009. She tried to report the professor’s behavior in 2009, but was told she would have to find and persuade each witness to come forward, and write a detailed report on all that happened. She gave up."


In June, four months after Taylor issued her report, the California state auditor issued a report broadly critical of the University of California’s response to sexual harassment complaints. Among the concerns singled out in the audit was the length of time it takes to discipline faculty who sexually harassed students or colleagues.

The audit reviewed 23 cases at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UCLA, and found that it took an average of 43 days to discipline staff after an investigation. But for faculty, the average time was 220 days.

Tansman’s agreement was finalized in November, 265 days after Taylor issued her report.

The office of University of California President Janet Napolitano is revising its rules to reduce the time to impose discipline, said spokeswoman Claire Doan, as is the systemwide Academic Senate composed of professors"

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