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 vice chairman after an investigation discovered “credible proof” that the administrator engaged in sexual misconduct in opposition to an worker, the Los Angeles Times reported. Castro was on the time, in 2020, president of Fresno State, throughout the Cal State system.
The grievance was in opposition to Frank Lamas, vice chairman 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 a minimum of two years of different unwelcome contact. A college investigation discovered the allegations to be credible, together with stories that Lamas grabbed the girl’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 School Affiliation stated, “It is a drawback with the tradition in academia. Directors are extra focused on defending different directors and permitting them to avoid wasting face, moderately than doing what’s finest for college kids and their well-being.”
Castro stated he regretted writing the letter of advice and wouldn’t achieve this once more. Within the letter, he stated, “The coed expertise at Fresno State shall be eternally 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, said in a statement that Castro is receptive to an investigation. “I intend to ask my board colleagues within the coming days to assist these steps, as I do know it’s going to assist us enhance practices and insurance policies for the long run,” Kimbell stated.
Jose Medina, who chairs the Meeting Increased Schooling Committee, stated, “I feel essentially the most critical problem is for an administrator to not act when she or he is given … cases 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.”