California State College chancellor Joseph I. Castro approved a $260,000 payout and a retirement bundle with a “glowing” letter of advice for a campus vp after an investigation discovered “credible proof” that the administrator engaged in sexual misconduct in opposition to an worker, the Los Angeles Instances reported. Castro was on the time, in 2020, president of Fresno State, inside the Cal State system.
The grievance was in opposition to Frank Lamas, vp of pupil affairs. Lamas reportedly touched the worker’s knee and moved his hand up her thigh in a automotive whereas speaking to her about job prospects after not less than two years of different unwelcome contact. A college investigation discovered the allegations to be credible, together with reviews that Lamas grabbed the lady’s arm and massaged her biceps, touched her decrease again close to her buttocks, and put his arm round her even after she requested him to not contact her.
Lamas denied the costs.
The California College Affiliation stated, “It is a downside with the tradition in academia. Directors are extra excited about defending different directors and permitting them to save lots of face, fairly than doing what’s greatest for college students and their well-being.”
Castro stated he regretted writing the letter of advice and wouldn’t accomplish that once more. Within the letter, he stated, “The coed expertise at Fresno State will likely be without end improved due to Dr. Lamas’ daring management … Frank is a seasoned administrator who locations college students, notably these from underrepresented backgrounds, on the forefront of his considering.”
The chair of the board of the Cal State, Lillian Kimbell, stated in an announcement that Castro is receptive to an investigation. “I intend to ask my board colleagues within the coming days to help these steps, as I do know it is going to assist us enhance practices and insurance policies for the long run,” Kimbell stated.
Jose Medina, who chairs the Meeting Larger Training Committee, stated, “I feel essentially the most severe concern is for an administrator to not act when she or he is given … situations and allegations of sexual harassment. I feel it’s then incumbent on the administrator to take motion and that’s, I feel, what must be checked out: what motion or nonaction occurred.”