Former UCB administrator retained salary for months after violating sexual harassment policies

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A University of California, Berkeley administrator was able to continue receiving his high salary even after violating sexual harassment policies and according to university officials, retaining his administrative salary is actually standard practice. (KGO-TV)

A University of California, Berkeley administrator was able to continue receiving his high salary even after violating sexual harassment policies and according to university officials, retaining his administrative salary is actually standard practice.

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This is just one more discovery involving a number of university professors at Cal.

As vice chancellor Graham Fleming was found to have sexually harassed his assistant. Fleming denied most of the allegations.

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Sam Singer is Fleming's spokesperson. "He did admit that he one or times touched this person and kissed her on the neck once. That's not sexual harassment," Singer said.

Fleming was removed as vice chancellor but kept his $343,000 salary for 10 months, which at the time was completely within the rules of the university. It's called transition leave. It's when an high level administrator takes up to 12 months to prepare for a role as a faculty member. Fleming is now a chemistry professor.

UC president Janet Napolitano only recently found out about it.

"Well we have a system of over 200,000 employees. She relies on the chancellors to run their own campuses. It was not communicated to her," said UC spokesperson Dianne Klein.

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Napolitano is said to be upset about this latest incident.

"I think if the president of the university is so unaware of what's going on she ought to resign," Singer said.

Napolitano has instituted a peer review system for all senior administrators. Her office says had this happened today, it's unlikely Fleming would have been granted a "transition leave."
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