Recently, two psychology professors, Tanya Tompkins and Jennifer Linder, said Dr. Davis made a comment on the Holocaust at a department meeting in 2018. Promising to be open about budget cuts, he has quoted a former professor who used to make the analogy: “You don’t send Jews in the shower with soap,” said Dr Linder. Dr Tompkins remembered a slightly different wording.
In an interview Thursday, Dr Davis said that although he could not recall the comments he made that day, he no longer used the phrase and added: ‘I’m sorry if I have said something that offended them at that time. . “
Last month, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted no confidence against Dr Davis and Mr Baca and urged them to resign in a resolution condemning intolerance, discrimination and retaliation. The Oregon Council of Rabbis called on Dr. Davis and Mr. Baca to resign. And the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Northwest office has urged Dr. Davis to consider stepping down.
Miri Cypers, the group’s regional director, said that while the ADL frequently responds to hatred and anti-Semitism on college campuses, “it is rare that anti-Semitism or hatred is perpetrated by a president of a university or other leaders ”.
The most serious of the sexual misconduct allegations involved a trustee, David Jubb, who resigned in June 2019 and was indicted in an indictment last May with one count of sexual abuse and seven counts accusation of sexual abuse. The indictment came after a student counselor filed a federal lawsuit in which she accused Mr. Jubb, 72, of assaulting her after a college commissioner’s dinner. Mr Jubb has pleaded not guilty and his case is due for trial in November, his lawyer said.
In another incident, Dr Friedman reported that Dr Davis came from behind her after a roundtable in 2018 and rubbed his hands up and down her arms while whispering that he was eager to meet her later, she said.
Dr Friedman said she also reported that another trustee, Norman Nixon, a former member of the Los Angeles Lakers, touched her thigh at a college dinner and asked if there was a ” Mr. Friedman. “