California

Study: UC Education is too Leftist

The University of California provides unbalanced education to its students, according to a report released by the California Association of Scholars on April 1. The study cited faculty statistics — such as the concentration of 81 liberal faculty members to two conservative faculty members within the political science departments of the UC campuses — to claim that the University of California is leftist. ...

Davis Report to be released

A California judge has struck down the UC Davis Police Union’s attempt to block the release of a report on the UC Davis pepper spray incident. Union members tried to block the report — which documented the findings of a UC-appointed task force — because they feared that the report, which likely named individual officers, would compromise the privacy of the officers in question.  ...

Berkeley Chancellor Will Step Down

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced Tuesday that he will step down from his post at the end of 2012. Birgeneau, who has served as chancellor since 2004, wrote an email to Cal faculty, staff and students on March 13 saying that he was grateful for his seven-year tenure, and proud of the accomplishments and honors he presided over. ...

Police Block Release of Davis Pepper Spray Report

A California judge temporarily blocked the planned March 6 release of a report about last year’s UC Davis pepper spray incident. The Federated University Police Officers Association filed a restraining order March 5 against the report, claiming that it named and incriminated several police officers who were involved in the incident. ...

Davis Students Sue Chancellor, UCD Police

Several “Occupy UC Davis” protesters involved in last year’s pepper spray incident have filed a lawsuit against the administrators and police officers involved. Students vs. UC Davis Officials & Police — filed Feb. 22 by 19 Davis students and alumni — claims the university and its officers used excessive force and restricted free speech by not respecting students’ right to protest. ...