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Citing “serious questions” about whether UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi violated policies on employment of her family members and the use of contracts to remove negative information from the Internet, UC President Janet Napolitano placed Katehi on leave Wednesday night pending the outcome of “a rigorous and transparent investigation.”

“Information has recently come to light that raises serious questions about whether Chancellor Katehi may have violated several University of California policies, including questions about the campus’s employment and compensation of some of the chancellor’s immediate family members, the veracity of the chancellor’s accounts of her involvement in contracts related to managing both the campus’s and her personal reputation on social media, and the potential improper use of student fees,” Napolitano’s office said in a statement issued Wednesday night. “The serious and troubling nature of these questions, as well as the initial evidence, requires a rigorous and transparent investigation.”

In a two-page letter to Katehi, Napolitano wrote that she would be placed on leave for at least 90 days as a probe is conducted into the employment of her daughter-in-law and salary increases for her that have boosted her pay by $50,000 over two and a half years.

Napolitano also wrote that she had concerns about whether Katehi made “material misstatements” about her role in UC Davis spending $175,000 on an attempt to scrub the Internet of negative stories about the school – and Katehi herself – resulting from the 2011 pepper spraying of students.

UC Davis is a public university supported by taxpayer money.



  1. NewFormatSux says:

    Asked by host Victoria Derbyshire, “are too many people being silenced?” Brooks said that the NUS’ “no platform policy” was a way of preventing “fascists and racists” from speaking on campus.
    Brooks claimed that the organization’s “safe space policy” is “based on the idea that every single person has freedom of speech, and everyone has equal right to freedom of speech, however, some people have more equal rights than others.”

  2. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Here’s what is transparent: the University Systems are political payoffs for those cronies who are happy to feed at the trough. I wonder how close to 1MM a year Napolitano makes for all the good and valuable expertise she brings to the job?

    • NewFormatSux says:

      They lobby to have the government pay for the tuition, then they hike the tuition.

  3. Martin says:

    The cop spraying the college students is as pathetic today as the day the picture was taken.

    Civil order is always justified, but his actions and attitude is NEVER justified.

    • NewFormatSux says:

      How far is UC Davis from Costa Mesa, where the ‘protesters’ flipped over a police car and beat up Trump supporters?

    • Ned The Wino says:

      The Students were warned not to block. They were told to disperse or they would be sprayed. The students continued to disobey a direct order. You evidently did not see the entire video. It was a unlawful assembly. Had they kept moving, the story might have some merit.

      • McCullough says:

        The story is about using taxpayer funds to hire relatives to clean up the image of the college Chancellor.

        Speak to that.


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