The University of California has been no stranger to sexual harassment with substantial accusations at all nine UC campuses. It has been reported that the numbers are in the hundreds on a yearly basis. Notable campuses like UC Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, and San Diego have been under the scanner.
However, a landmark event at the University of California, Irvine initiated the removal and reprimanding of several campus officials and professors accused of sexual harassment and discrimination.
In early July 2018, UC Irvine removed millionaire benefactor Francisco J. Ayala’s name from its biology school, central science library, graduate fellowships, scholar programs, and endowed chairs after an internal investigation substantiated a number of sexual harassment claims. The results from the investigation were compiled in a 97-page report, which included testimony from victims enduing Ayala’s harassment for 15 years.
His removal promptly sparked the removal of Professor Ron Carlson in August 2018, who had led the creative writing program at UC Irvine. He resigned after substantiated reports of sexual misconduct with an underage student became unearthed. UC Irvine learning about the report accepted Professor Carlson’s immediate resignation.
Additionally, four additional professors in the School of Biological Sciences at UC Irvine between June and August 2018 were put under sanctions or terminated for violating the UC Policy on Sexual Harassment including Thomas A. Parham who was the former vice chancellor and former president of the Association of Black Psychologists at UC Irvine.