U.S. student body president: I don’t think I’m an anarchist
Posted On June 18, 2021
Posted March 02, 2020 02:01:22The University of California at Berkeley (UBC) is a world-renowned liberal arts institution and a symbol of the country’s progressive legacy.
It’s also a major hub for far-left activists.
A few months ago, however, UBC president Janet Napolitano was found guilty of sexual misconduct, a conviction that drew widespread condemnation and an angry response from student activists.
The following day, a panel of the U.N. Human Rights Council was set to review the matter.
Now, it looks like U.C. Berkeley may have been the target of a “cover-up,” and some students are saying they may never get the chance to hear the evidence against Napolitana.
“We have been systematically targeted for the past five years by the UC system, in spite of having been fully informed of the allegations and being fully engaged with all relevant processes,” said Adam Segal, a student from Brooklyn, New York, who is the executive director of the Coalition for a Better Berkeley, a coalition of students, faculty and faculty leaders who have protested the UC’s handling of the sexual assault case.
“The UC system has systematically tried to prevent the public from hearing the truth about what happened,” Segal said.
In January, a U.K.-based investigation of sexual harassment allegations at the University of Oxford revealed that a senior administrator had been convicted of raping a student in a London hotel room in 2005.
The former administrator, Peter Mandelson, was found not guilty of two counts of sexual assault in February, but the jury had not yet returned its verdict.
The jury was not asked to hear from witnesses.
The trial is ongoing, and Napolitannas lawyers have appealed the verdicts of the Oxford jury, saying the university should have known it had committed a crime.
“It’s been a brutal, horrible process, and I think there’s a lot of unanswered questions about what really happened,” said Segal.
The U.B.C., with a population of about 17,000 students, has a reputation for being liberal and progressive.
It is a major liberal arts school, and the campus is home to the Berkeley Graduate School of Business and is one of the best public universities in the nation.
“U.C.,” a term coined by students in a student newspaper, refers to the UC System.
But a recent report by the American Conservative, a conservative media outlet, suggested that the university may have hidden the sexual abuse allegations because it was afraid of losing its accreditation.
Napolitanas legal team, led by former federal prosecutor Mark Geragos, also argued that the allegations against the UC president were politically motivated and not credible, a claim Napolitanos defense team has vehemently denied.
On March 2, Napolitani announced that she would step down as U.A.E. president, and it’s now up to the board of trustees to make the final decision.
In her first speech since resigning, Napolitan said she is confident the board will reject her removal.
“I do not think it’s appropriate to resign as UC President, given the serious allegations,” she said.
Napoli has been at the helm of U.M. for about two decades.
During her tenure, the school has changed its name to UC Berkeley, which is one step closer to becoming a truly national institution.
In addition to the UBC case, Napoli and her legal team have also been involved in another controversy surrounding the school’s handling, which has been in the news lately because of a series of lawsuits.
In October, the California Department of Public Health found that a student’s body had been defecated in the bathroom at the school, a violation of federal guidelines.
The incident is under investigation by state authorities and is not expected to be reported to federal authorities.
In March, the University System of Georgia filed a lawsuit against the university claiming that Napolitanni violated the UGA’s anti-discrimination law by allowing the defecation in the school bathroom.
The lawsuit also accuses Napolitanna of failing to report a similar incident at another school to federal officials in May, which the university said was due to a misunderstanding.
“In light of the latest allegations against U. of A.E., we are confident that the board is fully aware of the severity of the misconduct allegations,” said university spokesman Chris DeAngelis.
“Additionally, we believe the allegations will be investigated thoroughly by state, federal, and local authorities and that they will be substantiated.”
Napolitania has been under pressure to resign since a report in the New York Times in June detailed allegations that she was part of a team that was investigating a group of students who allegedly were sexually assaulted by faculty members and administrators at the university.
The students, identified only as “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D,” were interviewed by the Times and found to have had consensual sex.
The Times said the university was trying