Fresno State University Senate declares Castro unfit to teach

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Joseph Castro, former president of Fresno State and now ex-chancellor of California State University.

Fresno Bee File

Former California State University chancellor Joseph I. Castro, who resigned amid criticism for handing over sexual harassment allegations while state president of Fresno, retained his retirement rights at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Orfalea College of Business as a tenured professor of leadership and public policy.

Castro, who received a settlement until Feb. 17, 2023, has not yet informed the university whether he will exercise those rights.

But the Fresno State University Senate has made it clear they don’t believe their former college president is suitable for that or any other teaching position at CSU and is drafting a no-confidence resolution. to enter the faculty of the largest public four-year university system. in the countryside.

“Basically, one expresses a lack of confidence to do this and the second points to his very actions and his words telling him that he is incapable, he has demonstrated that not only does he not deserve to have the rank of professor but that he is not qualified to teach or conduct research on leadership, leadership and public policy,” University Senator Michael Jenkins said during the meeting, which took place over Zoom.

The resolution was one of four presented at Monday afternoon’s University Senate meeting regarding Castro, Fresno State and its handling of harassment allegations over a six-year period against Frank Lamas, the former vice- president of student affairs at the university.

Lamas denied the allegations, but a 2019 Title IX investigation found he engaged in improper conduct in violation of CSU Executive Order 1096, the system-wide policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and harassment against employees. and third parties.

There was also a resolution calling for an investigation into steps taken in the state of Fresno to cover up Title IX violations to protect the author and his supervisor; one for more intensive training of administrators, faculty, and staff on Title IX; and one acknowledging the harm suffered by victims as a result of sexual harassment by Lamas and affirming the support of victims by the campus community.

The resolution was to be distributed to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, CSU University Senate, University Senates of the system’s 22 partner campuses. CSU, California Faculty Association, California Senate Education Committee. and the California Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

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