Lately, two psychology professors, Tanya Tompkins and Jennifer Linder, mentioned that Dr. Davis had made a remark concerning 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 ship the Jews to the bathe with cleaning soap,” Dr. Linder mentioned. Dr. Tompkins remembered barely totally different wording.
In an interview on Thursday, Dr. Davis mentioned 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 mentioned one thing that offended them at the moment.”
Final month, the college of arts and sciences took a vote of no confidence in Dr. Davis and Mr. Baca and urged them to resign in a decision that condemned intolerance, discrimination and retaliation. The Oregon Board of Rabbis referred to 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, mentioned that whereas the A.D.L. continuously responds to hate and anti-Semitism on school campuses, “hardly ever is that anti-Semitism or hatred perpetrated by a president of a college or different management.”
Probably the most critical of the sexual misconduct allegations concerned a trustee, David Jubb, who resigned in June 2019 and was charged in an indictment final Could with one depend of felony sexual abuse and 7 counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse. The indictment got here after a pupil trustee filed a federal lawsuit wherein 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 mentioned.
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 arms up and down her arms whereas whispering that he was trying ahead to assembly her later, she mentioned.
Dr. Friedman mentioned 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.”