California

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. ...

Court to Rule on Affirmative Action Ban

A lawsuit filed in Federal Court this month aims to end a statewide ban on affirmative action and increase the number of minority students in public colleges. On Feb. 13, three members of the 9th Circuit Appellate Court heard arguments from affirmative action proponents who hoped  to end the ban to increase diversity at top UC campuses. ...