Katehi, at press conference about an hour and a half ago, was asked by an Associated Press reporter about the growing chorus asking for her resignation. Kotehi said no because, in her estimation, she has done a great job protecting student safety. In addition, she can’t seem to distinguish between her faculty and a group of anonymous commenters on “the blogs”:
AP: Just wanted to see if the chancellor had any response to that, the faculty association said that basically the chancellor showed gross lack of leadership in even ordering police to moving in to remove the camp and calls for her immediate resignation.
KATEHI: Um, I have seen some of those requests on the blogs primarily. I don’t believe it is appropriate for me to resign at this point, really. I do not think I violated the policies of the institution. Matter of fact, I have personally worked very hard to make this campus a safe campus for all. It has been a number of weeks to try very hard, and up until Friday, very successfully trying to allow the students to demonstrate but with a peaceful outcome, always. While I do understand the frustration, then the unfortunate and really bad situation was created for our students on Friday, I don’t think that that by itself is, would lead me to a resignation.
The calls for resignation seem a bit larger than “the blogs.” Not only was the demand for Katehi’s resignation an official request by the Davis Faculty Association board, the official union rep., but I have a feeling “the alumni,” “the governor,” and the “Davis community” may have something to say soon.