UC Regents to discuss budget shortfall, occupy protest at upcoming meeting

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The UC Board of Regents is set to meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the UCSF Mission Bay campus to discuss strategies to address budget shortfalls and a legal settlement for protesters who were pepper-sprayed last November at UC Davis, among other issues.

Read a sampling of what the board will be discussing over the course of the three-day meeting below.

Tuesday:

Campus Climate

On Tuesday afternoon, the Committee on Compliance and Audit will discuss current UC processes to protect youth from abuse systemwide. The discussion was prompted by a report commissioned by the Penn State University Board of Trustees that blamed university leadership for failing to protect children from sexual abuse by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The committee will also review an annual report on ethics and compliance that outlines the university’s methods for assessing safety, climate and data privacy as well as security and health care policies.

Safety

The committee will also review changes made in laboratory safety procedures in light of a settlement reached between the board and the family of a UCLA research assistant who died after a chemical compound ignited and burned her at a campus research lab.

Wednesday:

Budget cuts 

The board will meet at an annual retreat Wednesday to discuss strategies to address the budget shortfall that would beset the university should Proposition 30 fail at the polls in November.

The university will face a $250 million midyear budget cut and students could see tuition rise by about 20 percent in January should voters fail to pass the tax initiative.

Also contingent on the initiative passing is the tuition freeze outlined in the terms of Brown’s UC budget proposal accepted by the board in July. The board agreed to freeze UC tuition rates in exchange for the state allocating $125 million to the university in the 2013-14 academic year should the initiative pass.

There will be no specific recommendations presented, and the regents will not vote to adopt any new policies. Unlike previous retreats, where members of the board meet in closed-door sessions, Wednesday’s retreat will be open to the public.

Thursday:

Compensation

After discussing proposed financial incentives for three different UC administrators in closed-session meetings, the Committee on Compensation will vote in an open session to approve or deny the incentives.

To close the session, the committee will discuss proposed revisions to the policy on compensating senior UC administrators.

Occupy Protests

The Committee on Finance will consider a proposed settlement between university administrators and lawyers for students pepper-sprayed by UC Davis police officers while protesting tuition increases in November. The incident prompted widespread controversy and led to the resignation of the department’s police chief and multiple investigations into the handling of the protests. Terms of the settlement will not be released until after the committee reviews it. Should the terms be approved, the settlement will require subsequent approval by a federal court.


Amurta Trivedi is the assistant university editor. Contact her at [email protected]