UC Davis Campus Reacts as Katehi Decides to Step Down

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DAVIS -- A 106 page independent review of former UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi showed a mix of findings surrounding her conduct as an administrator, calling some statements she previously made "misleading at best, or untruthful at worst."

After 90 days of paid administrative leave, Katehi announced her resignation from her role as UC David Chancellor Tuesday. She addressed the public in a five page letter, saying the independent review proved she did not violate UC policies. Her attorney told FOX40 the review exonerated Katehi.

But others disagree with what the review really shows. In regard to the allegations of nepotism against Katehi, the documents say that some policies were not timely followed, but that she was properly walled off from her family members employment in campus. The review also says that in regard to allegations Katehi missed student fee income, while some of the fees used were inconsistent with campus policy, their use was inadvertent.

"I'm pleased she has stepped down," State Assemblymember Kevin McCarty said.

McCarty visited student protesters at the UC Davis campus months ago, as they conducted a five week long sit-in to draw attention to Katehi's alleged misconduct and ultimately try to get her fired.

"I think her resignation is a relief to the UC Davis community and the people who care about it...I think there were too many instances of unethical leadership and it taught us what we need to have going forward, and also about reforms we may need in the future," McCarty said.

But some are skeptical of how the university can move forward when Katehi is moving into another paid faculty position on campus.

"I think it shows how committed are they really? Are they actually gonna make the changes that need to happen or is this just a PR move because it looks bad to have her still be the chancellor?" Kyla Burke said.

Burke was one of the students who protested Katehi's alleged misconduct at the five week long sit-in. She says many of her peers who organized that protest feel that their efforts paid off.

"This shows the power of student protest. The sit-in itself wasn't the only thing that got her to resign, but I don't think we'd be in this place now if there weren't students that committed five weeks, sacrificed spring break, finals week and just kept the public attention on this and made it into a bigger story than it was before," Burke said.

As he campus begins its search for a new Chancellor, Acting Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter will continue on in Katehi's position.

In a written statement Hexter told FOX40: "Today’s news ends a period of uncertainty at UC Davis. The resolution announced by President Napolitano permits us to focus all our efforts on moving the campus forward so that we can serve California, the nation and the world ever more effectively.”

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