More Review of U of California Harassment Investigations

April 19, 2016

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, on Monday announced that she was accepting a number of recommendations made by a panel that reviewed the way system campuses respond to allegations of sexual harassment by faculty members and administrators. But in a letter released by the university, she said more changes were needed and asked the panel to consider procedures that would, among other steps:

  • Create a system to assure "a single investigation" for sexual harassment or sexual violence cases involving faculty members, to avoid multiple investigations that some fear are ineffective and duplicative.
  • Set up "clear time frames" for resolving investigations and taking actions on their findings.
  • Assure that relevant faculty committees can take action throughout the year to avoid unnecessary delays.

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