Last month, the dean of the University of California-Berkeley School of Law resigned his position amid a sexual harassment scandal. The dean who stepped down, Sujit Choudhry, isn’t going away quietly.
Mr. Choudhry, who remains a tenured professor at the prestigious law school, has filed a grievance letter accusing university leadership of smearing him and violating his due-process rights as a faculty member.
Mr. Choudhry last month resigned as dean two days after a former executive assistant filed a lawsuit accusing him of engaging in unwanted touching and kissing on a regular basis over a several-month period. The woman claims in her lawsuit that she made multiple complaints to her superiors about Mr. Choudhry’s alleged conduct, but it took months for the university to investigate her claims.
UC Berkeley’s internal investigation, which was completed in July, determined that the dean had violated the university’s sexual harassment policy and imposed a limited sanction, including a temporary pay cut. In the wake of the lawsuit and the dean’s resignation, the university launched another misconduct probe that could ultimately strip Mr. Choudhry of his tenured employment.
Last week, he filed a grievance letter with UC-Berkeley’s committee on privilege and tenure. His letter, which he made public Monday, challenges the fairness of the new inquiry and claims the disciplinary process has been “indelibly tainted” by public comments made by University of California’s president, Janet Napolitano...