Recently, two psychology professors, Tanya Tompkins and Jennifer Linder, stated that Dr. Davis had made a remark in regards to the Holocaust throughout a division assembly in 2018. Promising to be open about funds cuts, he quoted a former professor of his who used to make the analogy, “You don’t send the Jews to the shower with soap,” Dr. Linder stated. Dr. Tompkins remembered barely completely different wording.
In an interview on Thursday, Dr. Davis stated that whereas he doesn’t recall the feedback he made that day, he doesn’t use the phrase anymore and added, “I’m sorry if I said something that offended them at that time.”
Last month, the school of arts and sciences took a vote of no confidence in Dr. Davis and Mr. Baca and urged them to resign in a resolution that condemned intolerance, discrimination and retaliation. The Oregon Board of Rabbis known as on Dr. Davis and Mr. Baca to resign. And the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Northwest workplace urged Dr. Davis to contemplate stepping down.
Miri Cypers, the group’s regional director, stated that whereas the A.D.L. incessantly responds to hate and anti-Semitism on faculty campuses, “rarely is that anti-Semitism or hatred perpetrated by a president of a university or other leadership.”
The most severe of the sexual misconduct allegations concerned a trustee, David Jubb, who resigned in June 2019 and was charged in an indictment final May with one rely of felony sexual abuse and 7 counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse. The indictment got here after a scholar trustee filed a federal lawsuit by which she accused Mr. Jubb, 72, of assaulting her after a faculty-trustee dinner. Mr. Jubb has pleaded not responsible and his case is scheduled for trial in November, his lawyer stated.
In one other incident, Dr. Friedman reported that Dr. Davis had come up from behind her after a panel dialogue in 2018 and had rubbed his palms up and down her arms whereas whispering that he was wanting ahead to assembly her later, she stated.
Dr. Friedman stated she had additionally reported that one other trustee, Norman Nixon, a former member of the Los Angeles Lakers, touched her thigh throughout a college dinner and requested if there was a “Mr. Friedman.”