Monday Memo
For the Week of April 17, 2017

The UC regents will vote in May on a proposed 20 percent enrollment cap on out-of-state undergraduate students, according to the California Aggie. One criticism is that the proposal will put “at risk” UC’s “longstanding history ... of accepting students of the highest caliber and considering other factors later.”

The former dean of UC Berkeley’s law school settled a sexual harassment lawsuit by his former executive assistant. The agreement was made March 31 but not announced until Friday. The suit against the former dean, Sujit Choudhry, was part of a wave of reports about sexual harassment at Berkeley and the UC system. The executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, said she was outraged by the settlement that allowed Choudhry to keep his tenure.

The April issue of the UPTE Update is just out, describing a new organizing push by student services professionals at UC, as well as covering bargaining for other UPTE units and the union’s lobbying for higher education funding in Sacramento.

March for Science
California universities received the highest amount of donations from wealthy donors in 2016, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The gifts totaled $1.83 billion and were more than any other state in the nation.

A law professor at UC Davis has published an opinion piece calling on the state to be clearer about that state law that prohibits using state funds for travel to states that discriminate. A list of the states subject to the ban is here.

UC Davis’s student senate has drawn the ire of the right by voting to remove the US flag from its meetings. Meanwhile, UC Berkeley’s college Republican chapter has invited far right, anti-immigrant commentator Ann Coulter to speak on campus.

Less than a week until the March for Science steps off in Washington DC and many other cities on Saturday, April 22. Join UPTE members at marches in several cities and share a downloadable flyer with your coworkers. For a color poster or button, contact UPTE directly.

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