University of California Releases Details on 113 Employee Sexual Misconduct Cases - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

University of California Releases Details on 113 Employee Sexual Misconduct Cases

by Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California said it investigated 113 cases of sexual misconduct involving staff and faculty at its 10 campuses over a recent three-year period, according to hundreds of pages of internal documents released Tuesday.

The information was released to The Associated Press and other news organizations following a public records request made amid a string of high-profile cases at UC Berkeley last year.

Many details and personal information in the documents are redacted but the records give an overview of how many sexual harassment cases were investigated system-wide at the University of California in recent years.

The 113 cases occurred between January 2013 to April 6, 2016 and include allegations that range from inappropriate conduct to sexual assault, according to a summary from the office of UC President Janet Napolitano. All 113 cases involve employees found to have violated the University’s Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment policy.

About 58 percent of the cases came from complaints by staff members, while 35 percent were from student complaints. The rest were unknown or anonymous.

It said 7 percent of the cases involved sexual assault, “including the touching of intimate body parts.”

The summary also said that approximately two-thirds of the people accused of misconduct no longer work for the University of California.

Berkeley has faced intense criticism and scrutiny for what student groups and victims rights groups called lax discipline for senior faculty involved in sexual misconduct cases.

In one case, Sujit Choudhry, the former dean of the law school, received only a temporary pay cut and orders to undergo counseling as punishment following a 2015 investigation substantiated claims that he repeatedly kissed and touched a subordinate.

The university also faced criticism for several other sexual harassment cases, including one involving the campus’ vice chancellor for research and a prominent astronomer who were initially were allowed to keep their jobs but ended up resigning under pressure, as did Choudhry.

In response to the cases, Napolitano has moved to strengthen campus procedures for investigating and disciplining faulty members in sexual harassment cases, said UC spokeswoman Claire Doan.

Napolitano has put in place mandatory sexual assault training for students and employees and created a system-wide peer review committee to evaluate proposed sanctions for senior university leaders and faculty found guilty of misconduct. Previously, it was up to individual campuses to impose sanctions on their own officials.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
UDC Names New Dean of David A. Clarke School of Law The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) has named public interest lawyer Renée McDonald Hutchins as the next dean of the university’s David A. Clarke School of Law, also known as UDC Law. Renée McDonald Hutchins UDC Law is the only pu...
Mutcherson Marks Three Major Firsts for Rutgers Law School in Camden Noted bioethics and health law scholar Kimberly Mutcherson is the first woman, first African-American and first LGBTQ person to be named co-dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden, N.J. A graduate of Columbia Law School, where she co-founded the Wome...
Rutgers U-Camden Chancellor Named Recipient of 2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Women in Legal Education has announced Rutgers University-Camden chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon as the recipient of the 2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award. The Ruth Bader Gins...
Roland G. Fryer Jr. Resigns from AEA Executive Committee Amid Harassment Allegations The American Economic Association (AEA) has announced that Dr. Roland G. Fryer Jr., an economics professor at Harvard University who is currently being investigated for three separate sexual harassment allegations, has resigned from its Executive Com...
Semantic Tags: