Berkeley provost criticized for lax discipline resigns post

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 5:37 AM

Claude Steele, a prominent social psychologist who became the top academic officer at Berkeley two years ago, said in a statement he was stepping down as provost and executive vice chancellor because his wife has serious health problems that preclude him from devoting himself to the job."The choice has thus become clear: I can number longer proposal UC Berkeley the time and level of commitment it needs from its (provost), while at the same time being a portion of my family in the way I wish to be," Steele said.

Berkeley provost criticized for lax discipline resigns post

The Univ of California, Berkeley'south second-highest ranking administrator — who'd faced criticism for allegedly being too lenient on a fellow administrator accused of sexual harassment — resigned from his post on Friday, citing personal reasons.

Claude Steele, a prominent social psychologist who became the top academic officer at Berkeley two years ago, said in a statement he was stepping down as provost and executive vice chancellor because his wife has serious health problems that preclude him from devoting himself to the job.

"The choice has thus become clear: I can number longer proposal UC Berkeley the time and level of commitment it needs from its (provost), while at the same time being a portion of my family in the way I wish to be," Steele said.

Steele, seventy, became a target of mad faculty and students latest mo after the executive helper to the dean of Berkeley'south law school revealed in a lawsuit that her boss had violated Univ sexual harassment policy by kissing, hugging and touching her repeatedly, but received from the provost only a temporary pay slice and orders to undergo counseling as punishment.

The dean, Sujit Choudhry, resigned several days later amid mounting faculty outrage that he'd been allowed to stay as dean after a campus investigation substantiated his assistant'south sexual harassment allegations.

While Steele initially defended the disciplinary measures he'd imposed on Choudhry as appropriate, he and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks later reversed course, saying "the initial decision not to delete the dean from his position is the subject of legitimate criticism."

Steele, whose research focuses on academic under-achievement among minority students, alcohol and drug addiction and destructive stereotypes, said he expects to return in the fall as a faculty member at Berkeley, where he holds dual appointments in the Psychology Dept and the School of Education.

He previously served as a dean at Stanford Univ and provost of Columbia Univ in New York.

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