Thursday, June 21, 2018

CA Auditor: "The University of California: Report 2017-125—It Must Take Additional Steps to Address Long-Standing Issues With Its Response to Sexual Harassment Complaints"

New Report released:
Report 2017-125
It Must Take Additional Steps to Address Long-Standing Issues With Its Response to Sexual Harassment Complaints

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Coverage:
WaPo has AP quick take short blurb on it:

"Audit faults University of California sex misconduct process"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/higher-education/audit-faults-university-of-california-sex-misconduct-process/2018/06/21/6efb235e-7587-11e8-bda1-18e53a448a14_story.html?utm_term=.995d619565c0

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And LA Times - BTW the report is analysis of UC systemwide with three campuses as sample pool - but here's their headline: "Three UC campuses did not consistently discipline faculty accused of sexual misconduct, state auditor finds"
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-uc-audit-sexual-misconduct-20180621-story.html


.."In 2013, UCLA found that Gans had violated university policies by creating a sexually hostile workplace and attempting to establish a romantic relationship with a student he supervised. In a settlement with UC, he agreed to resign from his position and was barred from future employment at the university.

In Sarah’s settlement, UC agreed to an undisclosed payment — but also barred her from studying or working at any university campus or affiliate. That provision outraged Nazarian, who told members of the joint legislative audit committee that it was “imperative to audit and see if this is a common practice among any state agency to revictimize those they have allowed to be a victim to begin with.”

The audit found that UC did not include that ban in the other settlements reviewed and did so in Sarah’s case to close the dispute and minimize the risk of further legal action."...

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SF Chronicle: "State audit finds lengthy, inconsistent handling of harassment claims by UC"
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/State-audit-finds-lengthy-inconsistent-handling-13015837.php

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"State audit finds lengthy, inconsistent handling of harassment claims by UC"
By
Jill Tucker

Includes:

"A state audit found ongoing problems in the University of California’s response to sexual harassment complaints, including lengthy investigations and inconsistent discipline of faculty and staff.

The auditor’s report reviewed sexual harassment cases at three campuses, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UCLA, and found that despite efforts in recent years to address delays and inconsistencies in how the university system responds to sexual violence and harassment, “it must do more to stop, prevent, and remedy sexual harassment at its campuses.”

The auditors reviewed cases involving student victims and faculty or staff harassers. The investigation reviewed 23 cases at the three campuses and found that it took an average of 43 days to discipline staff following an investigation, compared to 220 days for faculty. In one case, it took 600 days to discipline a faculty member after the investigation was completed.

“Delays of this nature contribute to a perception that the university is not responding promptly to complaints, and they also force complainants and respondents to endure a lengthy and stressful process,” according to the report.

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"The time difference between staff and faculty decisions is largely because the Academic Senate determines what consequences are warranted in faculty cases, university officials said. Despite a directive by UC president Janet Napolitano in 2016 to limit faculty discipline proceedings to two months, no changes were made within the faculty Senate to address the issue, auditors said.

“The lengthy time the campuses take to resolve Senate faculty cases stands in clear contrast to the (federal) Title IX requirement that the university adopt procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints,” according to the report.

Auditors also cited inconsistent discipline of faculty. Of the cases studied, punishment for physical contact of a nonsexual nature ranged from dismissal, the most severe option available, to a relatively mild warning to abide by policies in the future."...

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KCRA


Audit: UC didn't quickly discipline staff in sexual misconduct cases
http://amp.kcra.com/article/audit-uc-didnt-quickly-discipline-staff-in-sexual-misconduct-cases/21755597

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

University of California statements on "growing humanitarian crisis on our southern border,"

UC has released this statement:

"Statement of UC President and former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on immigration
UC Office of the President
Tuesday, June 19, 2018"
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/statement-uc-president-and-former-dhs-secretary-janet-napolitano-immigration


Chancellor May statement
https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/napolitano-may-statements-immigration/
Napolitano and May: Statements on Immigration
UC Davis


- will add in additional UC Chancellors' statements here if/ when they are made available by each UC campus or the UC Regents make statement etc

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Here are some additional interviews with UC Pres. Napolitano on it:
"Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security chief, explains why she said no to family separations"
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/higher-ed/la-me-napolitano-family-separation-20180619-story.html

PBS has vid interview and transcript on:
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/napolitano-trump-administration-taking-prosecutors-away-from-serious-crimes-to-handle-border-misdemeanors

Important things come up in UCOP 'op-ed, panelist,, podcast, rinse- repeat ' cycle

See: "Prospering with an affordable college education"
By Janet Napolitano
https://www.ocregister.com/2018/06/17/prospering-with-an-affordable-college-education/


There's a response to it from Cato Higher Ed:

"Contra University Of California, Higher Ed Needs Less Federal Money" at
Forbes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nealmccluskey/2018/06/18/contra-university-of-california-higher-ed-needs-less-federal-money/#38e3a3e044a9


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Then,'Cross-border' collaboration: Higher education leaders talk climate change"
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/06/18/cross-border-collaboration-university-leaders-talk-climate-change-solutions/


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And, Politico on:

"Napolitano on family separations: 'I don't know how this could be justified either legally or morally’
The former Homeland Security secretary called Trump’s zero-tolerance policies ‘cruel’ and a ‘misallocation’ of resources ."
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/19/janet-napolitano-family-separations-653306


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At Daily Nexus this in depth article includes some important proposed changes:

"Title IX Policy Changes Proposed by UCOP
A UCSB graduate student representative for the UC Title IX Student Advisory Board presented a series of proposed UC Title IX policy "
http://dailynexus.com/2018-05-31/title-ix/

..."also being modified to explain the role of the allowed “support person” and advisor during proceedings as well as trying to limit the role lawyers have previously played."...

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Also,
This one at IHE quick takes :
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/06/18/more-faculty-departures-rochester



Monday, June 18, 2018

New Tool in CA UC, CSU Higher Ed Admissions Analysis

See : "California high school grads increasingly leave state for college. Here's why they go."
https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article212922549.html



Includes:

"About 40,000 California high school graduates left the state for a four-year college in 2016, nearly double the 22,000 who left in 2006, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education. By comparison, only about 17,000 first-time freshmen left other states to come to a four-year college in California during 2016."
Cloud Database by Caspio


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Ripple, cascading, mirror effects,... And 'watershed moments' or 'rehash' views.

As mentioned a couple of times before --:there is this audit report, -it was the first item in the series here:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2017/08/uc-regards-csa-as-just-feedback-them-is.html
And referenced : here as well:
https://cloudminder.blogspot.com/2018/05/title-ix-and-that-csa-uc-dance.html
Now we know the : report release date will be on this Thursday April 21
The Regents know what the report says and have already responded to it- they met at the end of May ,also as mentioned: here at that time..

Recently-as one of the links above described- the UC systemwide Title IX officer quit after just a relatively short time in the systemwide job. (She came to it after just a year at UCLA Title IX it seems)

There may perhaps be some other early 'before report release' ripples of things showing up in a series of new cases particularly at UCLA:


"Four UCLA employees sue school, alleging workplace sexual harassment"
Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lawsuit-ucla-harassment-20180616-story.html


And then this other case that is a USC and UCLA issue:

https://dailybruin.com/2018/05/31/ucla-doctor-suspended-after-allegations-of-sexual-harassment-at-prior-job/


"UCLA doctor suspended after allegations of sexual harassment at "...
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-medical-board-usc-doctor-20180531-story.html


--Seems more than just "rehash"- approval of that jlac audit request more than just unnecessary "rehash".. maybe some enlightenment on ' what went on'
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And then there's that NAS report
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/shstudy/index.htm




"An Elite Science Group Is Giving Advice On Preventing Sexual Harassment — But Hasn’t Gotten Rid Of Its Own Harassers
A report from the National Academy of Sciences says universities are failing on sexual harassment. Critics say it should look in the mirror."
https://www.buzzfeed.com/peteraldhous/national-academy-sciences-sexual-harassment-report?utm_term=.du1ORRl9mX#.vqNJjjoN3L


And there is this type of coverage of it (that recent NAS report that is available for purchase to read):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/06/12/half-of-women-in-science-experience-harassment-a-sweeping-new-report-finds/?utm_term=.cd7bde0674eb

http://time.com/5310625/sexual-harassment-academia-stem/


https://www.statnews.com/2018/06/12/sexual-harassment-science-nasem-report/

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/6/13/17453360/sexual-harassment-report-science-metoo

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/half-of-women-in-science-face-harassment-policies-and-institutions-fail-them/


https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sexual-harassment-ousting-bad-men_us_5b23f8c3e4b0f9178a9cd6f5

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05404-6

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One more time, Here's a post that discusses it with an emphasis on epistemology and USC:

http://utotherescue.blogspot.com/2018/06/downfall-of-uscs-president-problem-of.html

Friday, June 15, 2018

Patience and transparency?

See: "Journalist sues UC Board of Regents over alleged failure to provide requested public records"
http://www.dailycal.org/2018/06/15/journalist-sues-uc-board-regents-alleged-failure-provide-requested-public-records/

Includes the claim:..."Gilmore noted that the campus public records office only has one full-time employee tasked with responding to its “high volume” of public information requests."...
But that is somewhat disingenuous --because it is part of this very well funded and staffed set of offices:
https://chancellor.berkeley.edu/about/offices/legal-affairs
Which is also part of this :
https://www.ucop.edu/general-counsel/

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So confusing- where things stand:
"Budget Deal Leaves Higher Education Short"
http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2018/06/budget-deal-leaves-higher-education-short/

Some urge patience to find out how it turns out

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The 'first female chancellor' appointing some men to leadership positions on campus:
http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/06/12/a-new-dean-for-the-college-of-natural-resources-david-ackerly/

http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/05/31/interim-leaders-named-for-cal-performances/


http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/05/30/david-robinson-appointed-chief-campus-counsel/


-one wonders what are the up to date demographics of the current chancellor's cabinet?
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And her Cal sports plans outlined in an interview behind paid subscribe, -even on transcript:
https://bearinsider.com/s/669/subscriber-transcript-for-knowltonchrist-chat

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In another Higher Ed sector there is this latest development on a much watched story:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-corinthian-debt-relief-20180614-story.htm