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Faculty want their voices heard on Katehi

By Tanya Perez | May 4, 2016 |
Davis Enterprise

The UC Davis Academic Senate is working to have its voice heard as an investigation into potential UC policy violations by Chancellor Linda Katehi starts to take shape.

At a special meeting Tuesday of the Academic Senate’s Representative Assembly, the group endorsed the two resolutions put forth by the Senate’s Executive Council.

The resolutions addressed what Senate chair André Knoesen told his colleagues in a letter were deep concerns “over the handling of recent events regarding Chancellor Katehi.” At issue were the lack of shared governance between UCD and the UC Office of the President, and damage to UCD’s reputation.

On Wednesday, April 27, Katehi was placed on a 90-day paid administrative leave pending the investigation into UCD’s employment and compensation of Katehi’s immediate family members, the veracity of her accounts of involvement in contracts to manage both UCD’s and her personal reputation on social media, and the potential improper use of student fees.

On Sunday, the Executive Council approved its first resolution — by a 25-1 vote — to request that UC President Janet Napolitano consult with the Senate chairman; make “every possible effort to mitigate damage to the UC Davis institution” and “conclude the investigation of Chancellor Katehi within a month of its initiation, or as soon as possible.”

The Executive Council passed the second resolution by a 20-1 vote, resolving that UCD’s Academic Senate, “through representatives, play a role in defining the scope of the investigation, the manner in which it is conducted, and the substance of the analysis and its conclusions.”...

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