(Press Release from Katehi’s Legal Team)
“…there are those who believe that Ms. Katehi has been treated differently, in part because of her gender. That somehow the president, who stood by her for a long time publicly, has a vendetta against her.
I was skeptical of these claims, but after talking with attorney Melinda Guzman representing Ms. Katehi and corresponding with Dianne Klein, spokesperson for the UC Office of the President (UCOP), I am beginning to side with Ms. Katehi in this.
This whole thing looks sloppy and as though Ms. Napolitano is attempting to stack the deck against the chancellor.”
– David Greenwald, Davis Vanguard, June 12, 2016
As journalists and outside observers learn more about the UC Office of the President (UCOP)’s “investigation” of Chancellor Katehi, the credibility of this probe continues to crumble. Three articles from this past week drive this home.
- The Davis Vanguard: “Where Is This Katehi Saga Headed?”
- Davis Enterprise: “Katehi’s Team Files A Grievance, Sets Stage For A Lawsuit.”
- Sacramento Bee: ““UC Delays Release Of Public Records In UC Davis,Katehi Probe”
These articles document the continuing efforts by the UCOP to mislead reporters with biased and fact challenged spin about Chancellor Katehi’s cooperation with the investigation.
In the most recent development in this unfortunate saga, two newspapers have caught UC playing games with the release of public information concerning Chancellor Katehi.
Sacramento Bee, 6/10/16:
University of California officials say they will delay releasing public documents involving UC Davis and suspended Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi because they do not want to interfere with witness interviews being conducted as part of an investigation into Katehi.
The latest delay follows months of efforts by The Sacramento Bee to gain access to documents through requests under the California Public Records Act, documents that public access and legal experts say should be divulged despite the ongoing probe.
“The university’s concerns are not a legitimate legal basis for its wholesale denial of access to records concerning the underlying activities that led to Chancellor Katehi’s suspension,” said Thomas Burke, co-chair of the media law practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in San Francisco, who has been negotiating with UC officials on The Bee’s behalf. “The longer the university delays, the more suspicious the public will justifiably become about the university’s commitment to transparency and the law.”
Davis Vanguard, 6/12/16:
This is an institution that is notorious for withholding legitimate public records and has been accused recently of sitting on documents that have been requested by the media. But suddenly, when it suits their purpose, they turn over sensitive personnel matters to the press the same day they were sent?
Contrary to the claims of Ms. Klein, this kind of release is highly unusual. We have seen a rash of shake ups in academic institutions across the country – but I’m not sure we can find a single example of this type of letter being disseminated to the press.
As we have said for the past few weeks, it is time to reset this contaminated and compromised “investigation”.
A new investigator needs to be chosen – one without previous ties to Napolitano and a financial interest in a law firm that depends on UC for millions in legal fees.
The new investigator cannot report to Napolitano, who is a participant in the matter she purports to investigate. He or she must report directly to the Regents and take the President out of yet another potential conflict of interest.
And perhaps the new investigator can prevail on the UCOP to stop commenting on matters under investigation and characterizing Chancellor Katehi’s actions.