An internal investigation by the University of Washington concluded last January that Professor Michael Katze had violated the school’s sexual harassment policy in his relationships with two female employees. Further, an inquiry by the medical school found that Katze had used university funds for personal gain and requested an audit. Katze’s tenure rights were suspended but he continued to receive a salary from the UW.
The UW issued the following statement about the investigation on June 29, 2016:
“When the sexual harassment complaints were made, Dr. Katze was removed from his lab and put on home assignment. A thorough investigation was commenced through UCIRO, the University’s complaint, investigation and resolution office. The investigation found that Dr. Katze had violated University sexual harassment policies.
“His conduct was inappropriate and not in any way reflective of the University’s values. This is why the matter is now in the faculty disciplinary process, through which an appropriate outcome will be adjudicated.”
— Norm Arkans, UW spokesman and associate vice president for media relations and communications
There has been no further update about Professor Katze’s status at the University since the above statement was issued.
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