UCSB’s new Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Margaret Klawunn, was appointed to the University of California’s new Systemwide Peer Review Committee formed in the wake of the sexual harassment scandals unfolding at UC Berkeley to ensure adequate sanctions are in place for senior administrators violating university rules regarding sexual harassment and violence. “It’s an important and positive step and demonstrates that UC takes its policies seriously no matter who is involved,” stated Klawunn in an email exchange.
Last week, UC President Janet Napolitano announced the creation of the Peer Review Committee to review and improve sanctions for chancellors, associate and assistant chancellors, provosts, vice provosts, deans, coaches, and athletic directors. Recent revelations of chronic consequence-light harassment by top-level administrators at UC Berkeley has caused a firestorm for the UC system, already under scrunity for not responding aggressively or consistently to complaints of harassment of students by other students or faculty. Klawunn was hired by UCSB six months ago from Brown University to fill the vacancy created by the recent retirement of longtime Vice Chancellor Michael Young.