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University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Resigns Post

University of California President Janet Napolitano said she accepted UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirk's resignation Tuesday.

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    UC Berkeley's chancellor has resigned his post after critics alleged he was too lenient when handling sexual harassment cases involving high-profile faculty members.

    University of California President Janet Napolitano said she accepted UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirk's resignation Tuesday.

    Napolitano said Dirks plans to stay on until a new successor is named and in place. She says a committee will be immediately formed to begin a global search for a new chancellor.

    In a message to the campus community, Dirks says he plans to become a full-time professor at the university.

    He has been on the job three years. In one case, a faculty member received only a temporary pay cut and orders to undergo counseling as punishment following an investigation that substantiated claims that he repeatedly kissed and touched a subordinate.

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