To: Carol Christ, UC Berkeley Chancellor; Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost; Ben Hermalin, Vice Provost for the Faculty; Jennifer Wolch, Dean of the College of Environmental Design; Teresa Caldeira, Professor and Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning; Tom Buresh, Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture; Daniel Chatman, Professor and Equity Officer, Department of City and Regional Planning; Andrew Shanken, Professor and Equity Officer, Department of Architecture; Sharon Inkelas, Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment. Members of the Academic Senate Committee on Privilege and Tenure: Marianne Constable (Chair), Diliana Angelova, Jennifer A. Chatman, Allen Goldstein, Ian Holmes, John Lie, Laura Nelson, Robert Sharf, Andrea Green Rush, (Executive Director)
In an op-ed published last month in the East Bay Express ("Sexual Violence and Harassment Are at Odds with the University's Mission," December 6, 2017), Chancellor Christ argued our campus “should be one of the leaders” in changing the culture of sexual violence and sexual harassment (SVSH). She wrote:
"One lesson we have learned at UC Berkeley is that it is important to have clear and consistent response procedures when incidents of SVSH occur. Those grappling with negative experiences and considering reporting them need access to a reporting process that is clear and responsive. It is important to hold those who perpetrate harassment and violence responsible for their actions. The adjudication process needs to be reliable and transparent. We, and the University of California more broadly, have made significant progress in this regard in recent years, though there is more work to be done."
In our own department, the Department of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley, our experience of the university’s handling of an ongoing harassment case filed by graduate student Eva Hagberg Fisher in March 2016 has been nearly the opposite of Christ’s description of the the ideal process.
We are especially concerned with the lack of communication from the department, college, and university, with respect to the protection of student-workers and advisees while the investigation process has been ongoing. Under the current process there appears to be no timeline for action once a faculty person has been found in violation of the code of conduct. While we understand that administrators were limited by campus rules at the time, no support was offered to the survivors who came forward. AlSayyad’s advisees have also been placed in a very precarious position, and an additional burden has been placed on departmental faculty to increase their advising load. For years in our department, and especially throughout the long and ongoing disciplinary process, current and prospective students as well as visiting scholars have been in the dark about AlSayyad’s status, perpetuating a culture of ambiguity and professional uncertainty.
Given the findings of the independent investigation commissioned by the University (published by San Francisco Chronicle at http://www.sfchronicle.com/file/183/7/1837-investigate.pdf), along with his prosecution for violating the Faculty Code of Conduct by his peers in the Academic Senate Committee on Privilege and Tenure, we have produced this letter following the statement issued by graduate students in the Department of City and Regional Planning on November 14, 2016. We want to express our support of their initial call to action and reiterate certain demands that remain unanswered. Focusing on the need for more direct support of students as well as the currently obscure institutional processes and lack of a clear stance by the university, we the students, alumnae and allies of the Department of Architecture demand that the Department, the University and the Academic Senate act without delay on the following:
-- The immediate removal of Nezar AlSayyad from all positions at UC Berkeley given his violation of the Faculty Code of Conduct.-- Statement of affirmation of the University’s and Department’s values, and severe reprimand and disavowal of his behavior.-- Statement of commitment to instituting policies and procedures that uphold their duty to protect current students from risk of potential physical and psychological harm from any faculty members under investigation.-- Statement of apology to past and present students and faculty who have had their career pursuits compromised or derailed in any way due to his behavior over decades.-- Statement of commitment to supporting the needs of previous and current students who have been victims of his sexual misconduct and psychological abuse.-- Finally and critically, review and improvement of the sexual misconduct investigation process which, in its current form protects tenured faculty and fails to protect students, is completely non-transparent to students who are vulnerable during the process, and takes far too long.
The undersigned commit to ongoing protest and the rejection of sexual harassment and its culture of impunity.
Signed:Eric Peterson, Architecture PhD StudentDesiree Valadares, Architecture, PhD StudentMarianela D’Aprile, Architecture, Alumna, M.S. 2017Eva Hagberg Fisher, former Architecture PhD StudentMia Ritzenberg Crary, Architecture Alumna, PhD 2016 Valentina Rozas-Krause, Architecture PhD StudentAlec Stewart, Architecture PhD StudentEmily Jane Rosen, Architecture MS StudentLai Jing Chu, Architecture PhD StudentStathis Gerostathopoulos, Architecture PhD StudentTrude Renwick, Architecture PhD StudentSben Korsh, Architecture Alumnus, M.S. 2016Michelle Min, Architecture M.S. StudentAnn Dennis, Architecture, Alumna, M.S. 2017Ettore Santi, Architecture PhD StudentAlexander Benjamin Craghead, Architecture PhD StudentThomas Oommen, Architecture PhD StudentMichelle Bynum, Architecture M.S. StudentAlberto Sanchez Sanchez, Architecture PhD StudentKara Plaxa, Architecture M.S. StudentTania Osorio, Architecture M.S. 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