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Incidents at University of California – Riverside

Total: 4

Incident 8854

Status: Resolved
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Sociology
Outcome Year: 2021
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Quote: "On Thursday, November 18, 2021, after considering consistent recommendations of the UC Riverside Academic Senate Committee on Privilege and Tenure, Chancellor Wilcox, and President Drake, the Board of Regents voted to dismiss a tenured member of the Department of Sociology, Dr. Augustine Kposowa, for violating the Faculty Code of Conduct due to sexual misconduct with a student over whom he had academic responsibility. Upon recommendation by the UCR Committee on Privilege and Tenure and Chancellor Wilcox, President Drake also denied Dr. Kposowa emeritus status."
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Incident 7653

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator
Position: Vice Chancellor
Discipline: Education
Specific Discipline: Student Affairs
Outcome Year: 2018
Outcome Category: Retired
Quote: "In the last week, multiple sources have told The Highlander that the sudden retirement of former UC Riverside Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs James Sandoval in January stemmed from an extensive Title IX investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against Sandoval in the early summer of 2017."
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Incident 7652

Status: Resolved
Person: Eric Buskirk
Role: Administrator
Position: Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development
Discipline: Athletics
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category: Resigned
Quote: "An Employee & Labor Relations investigation found that Eric Buskirk, while on a staff retreat at UC Riverside's Big Bear Lake Cabin from Aug. 4-7, 2014, made comments of a sexual nature to his subordinate staff, participated in a discussion of other people's personal sexual histories and touched the breast of "another member of the campus community." Buskirk was also found to have consumed alcohol and allowed his staff to consume alcohol while operating a boat. Buskirk admitted to some of the allegations but said he did not touch anyone's breasts. He resigned after being placed on an unpaid leave of absence."
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Incident 7680

Status: Ongoing
Role: Faculty
Position: Associate Professor
Discipline: Arts and Humanities, English Writing Humanities
Specific Discipline: English Writing Humanities
Outcome Year: 2016
Outcome Category: Other
Quote: Found to have violated sexual misconduct policy by independent firm. Finding of sexual misconduct later rejected by faculty senate hearing committee. Fired - lawsuit ongoing.
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