BERKELEY (AP) — The University of California, Berkeley chancellor has resigned his post after critics alleged he was too lenient when handling sexual harassment cases involving high-profile faculty members.
University of California President Janet Napolitano said she accepted UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirk’s resignation Tuesday.
Napolitano said Dirks plans to stay on until a new successor is named and in place. She says a committee will be immediately formed to begin a global search for a new chancellor.
In a message to the campus community, Dirks says he plans to become a full-time professor at the university.
He has been on the job three years. In one case, a faculty member received only a temporary pay cut and orders to undergo counseling as punishment following an investigation that substantiated claims that he repeatedly kissed and touched a subordinate.