Roughly 40 of the 113 records UC released detailing investigations and findings related to allegations of sex-based discrimination or misconduct involved UC medical centers and hospitals. (Getty Images)
Of the 113 records UC released under a public records request filed by KQED and other media outlets, nine out of 13 sexual misconduct and harassment cases at UC Davis took place at its medical center located off campus in Sacramento.
According to the records, the harassers were mostly co-workers, but some were supervisors -- including doctors and nurses.
The allegations -- none of which were made by students -- range from inappropriate comments to unwanted touching.
UC Davis has policies barring employees from engaging in behavior that constitutes sexual harassment or violence, and even has mandatory sexual harassment training for all employees.
“Lives are being severely impacted and in some cases even ruined by this behavior,” said Michele Landis Dauber, a Stanford University law professor who helped to overhaul that university’s sexual assault prevention polices. “Colleges and universities have had every opportunity to voluntarily do better, and they’re not doing it.”
Roughly 40 of the 113 records UC released detailing investigations and findings related to allegations of sex-based discrimination or misconduct involved UC medical centers and hospitals. The records spanned a nearly 3½-year period between January 2013 and April 2016.
The situation is raising questions about whether officials are doing enough to prevent abuse at the medical facilities, which are often detached from the main campuses, have their own CEOs and a different work culture.