UC Berkeley’s chancellor resigned last week amid constant criticism from school faculty regarding his handling of several high-profile sexual harassment allegations and a mismanaged budget. Over the past year or so, UC Berkeley has contended with three sexual harassment allegations against three high-powered faculty members. Specifically, faculty members were angered by his allegedly weak responses to the allegations.
Before his resignation, the chancellor did implement a more robust sexual harassment policy designed to afford victims more rights. His resignation came after he defeated a previous no-confidence vote in the spring. However, he faced a second vote by the faculty in the fall semester.
The chancellor also faced criticism for using university funds to upgrade his residence, including the installation of a back exit to avoid protestors. Regardless, it appears that UC Berkeley is attempting to move past these allegations and institute new policies to prevent sexual harassment and encourage victims to come forward.
Sexual harassment is expressed in many forms. Sexual harassment can be an inappropriate joke or an aggressive touching or unwanted sexual advances. Regardless of the circumstances, you may want to speak to a lawyer to review your rights and determine the best course of action to respond to this harassment. This does not necessarily mean a lawsuit; it could mean various responses, including administrative complaints with your employer or filing a petition with a government regulator. You don’t need to go through this alone; a lawyer can work to help you find peace and safety at work.
Los Angeles Times, “UC Berkeley Chancellor to resign following widespread criticism by faculty,” Teresa Watanabe, Aug 16, 2016