Tyann Sorrell to return to UC Berkeley on Wednesday

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Update 11/8/16: This article has been updated to reflect information from campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof.

Tyann Sorrell, a campus employee who sued former UC Berkeley School of Law dean Sujit Choudhry for sexual harassment and sparked a massive shift by the administration to address sexual misconduct on campus, is set to return to campus Wednesday.

The announcement was sent in an email by Berkeley Law interim dean Melissa Murray to the Boalt community Monday evening.

“Please join me in welcoming Tyann back to the law school,” Murray wrote in the email.

Campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof could not say whether Sorrell would return in her former capacity as executive assistant in the office of the Berkeley Law dean but said she would be “working as an important member of the law school community.”

Sorrell has been on paid administrative leave since March, after allegations of sexual harassment by Choudhry came to light when she filed a lawsuit against him and the UC Board of Regents.

A campus Title IX office in July 2015 found Choudhry had violated university sexual misconduct policy with his behavior toward Sorrell.

When allegations arose, Choudhry soon resigned from his dean’s position and did not return to campus for the rest of the spring semester. Though he is not teaching this semester, he remains a tenured faculty member who returned to an office on campus Aug. 31 conducting research and offering consultation.

The Berkeley Law community has been vocal about its criticism of the campus’s handling of Sorrell’s case. In March, dozens of students rallied during Admitted Students Weekend, and when news of Choudhry’s return broke, many marched through the Berkeley Law campus in protest.

In order to “minimize further disruption” and “preserve a construction working and learning environment” at the school, Choudhry was assigned a single point of contact to obtain administrative support and given an office outside of the central Law school facility, according to a Sept. 15 letter sent from Carol Christ, interim executive vice chancellor and provost, to Murray.

His online faculty profile as of Tuesday listed his office at 690 Simon Hall, adjacent to Boalt Hall. Mogulof said the information was outdated and referred to a former office Choudhry used as dean. He also said Choudry’s current office is “nowhere near the law school.”

“He’s definitely not in Simon Hall,” Mogulof said, adding, “It’s up to him about whether he wants to let people know where his new office is.”

Choudhry did not respond to requests for comment.

Choudhry is in the midst of his own lawsuit against the university — in September, he filed a complaint alleging that the university-sanctioned second disciplinary hearing against him is a form of racial discrimination.

Neither Sorrell’s lawyer nor a campus spokesperson could be immediately reached for comment.

Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ayoonhendricks.