Sex criminals at the University of California have cost taxpayers millions. The Sacramento Bee reports that sexual harassment payouts at the University of California spiked in 2016-17 at more than $3.4 million, with students and university employees filing claims ranging from inappropriate hugging and kissing to sexual assault, according to new documents released by UC to The Bee.
The UC system, whose president has pressed for changes in the institutional culture, was hit especially hard last year by two settlements that exceeded $1 million each.
Last month, UC was the only one of the 38 largest state entities unable to release its 2016-17 sexual harassment settlement data, saying it was “not finalized” yet.
The university’s total sexual harassment payouts exceeded $3.7 million over the last three years, with the bulk of those costs concentrated in 2016-17.
The largest single UC settlement last year was the case of Tyann Sorrell, a former executive assistant in the UC Berkeley School of Law, who accused the then dean, Sujit Choudhry, of inappropriately hugging, touching and kissing her. She settled her case for $1.7 million, and Choudhry is now set to resign in May “in good standing” from the university.