Faculty Urge UC Davis To Apologize To Disciplined Professor

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Professors at UC Davis are calling for the reprimand of the School of Medicine's top leadership and legal counsel who allegedly threatened to strip Professor Michael Wilkes of his title and resources for publicly criticizing a university-sponsored event.

In a June 8 meeting, the UC Davis Academic Senate unanimously passed a resolution that said administrators and the legal counsel ought to accept responsibility for errors in judgment, write apology letters to Wilkes and rescind their disciplinary actions. The senators also asked UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi to prevent academic freedom infringements.

Last week, UC Davis School of Medicine Dean Claire Pomeroy and Executive Associate Dean Frederick Meyers told The Bee it would be inappropriate to comment on personnel matters.

They called academic freedom fundamental to research. "We respect and protect the rights of our faculty to pursue their research and teaching as they wish, so long as it is in a manner that is consistent with professional standards," they wrote in a prepared statement.

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