UC president Janet Napolitano responded to the Regents' admonition with this statement:
I accept the results of the Board’s fact-finding review and the actions the Board has taken in response. I recognize and understand that nothing is more important for someone in my position than to uphold the highest possible ethical standards – and to ensure that all of my staff do likewise.
I would like to assure the Board of Regents, the students, faculty and staff of the University of California, state legislators and the people of California that I hear them loud and clear. I regret deeply that I did not show better judgment in connection with this matter. I have already taken steps to ensure that this does not happen again and together with the Board will work to implement the additional changes being recommended by the Board to further strengthen our processes in this regard.
UC Regents chair George Kieffer issued this admonishment of the system's president, Janet Napolitano:
The President is responsible for setting an appropriate tone from the top and fostering a culture of transparency and accountability on behalf of the University, which operates as a public trust for the State and people of California. She is also responsible for the conduct of her staff, particularly her direct reports, including her Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff.
It is important to note that, in directing that the State Auditor’s campus surveys go through the Chancellors and also to her office for review, the President relied on the advice of counsel. We are also mindful of the context for the actions taken, including the lack of trust between the Office of the President and the State Auditor based on a previous audit. Finally, we view the President’s conduct in the context of a long record of public service and leadership, including strong leadership of this University. The Board continues to have confidence in and fully supports her continuing leadership.
University of California regents are expected to grill UC President Janet Napolitano on Thursday about why she approved a plan to interfere in a state audit of her office's operations.
The regents, meeting in San Francisco, will debate how to respond to an independent investigation that found Napolitano's top aides had sought to suppress campus criticism of the central office in confidential surveys from State Auditor Elaine Howle.
Napolitano approved a plan to review the surveys about her office's operations and services before they were sent back to the auditor.
University of California regents, meeting in San Francisco this week, will release findings of an independent investigation into whether UC President Janet Napolitano’s staff members improperly interfered with a state audit of her office’s operations.
Regents also will discuss a new report that took a systemwide look at how to avoid the kind of enrollment fiasco that was set off by UC Irvine last summer when it abruptly rescinded nearly 500 admission offers, mostly for minor application paperwork problems.
California has become the first state to approve LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for use in primary schools, the Advocate reports.
The California State Board of Education on Thursday approved 10 textbooks for kindergarten through eighth-grade students that include coverage of the historical contributions of LGBT people, and rejected two that failed to include such coverage.