Following CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro’s Resignation, Senator Leyva Reiterates Need for Full Investigation

Friday, February 18, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino)—chair of the Senate Education Committee—released the following statement in response to the resignation of California State University (CSU) Chancellor Joseph I. Castro:

“While Chancellor Castro’s recent resignation as leader of the CSU system is certainly a step in the right direction, I firmly believe that the Board of Trustees must still move forward with approving a prompt and thorough investigation into his actions before he became Chancellor.  Survivors of the abusive conduct and harassment—as well as the entire CSU community and public at large—deserve to know exactly what happened under Chancellor Castro’s watch at Fresno State.  I am hopeful that the Board of Trustees will do the right thing by swiftly moving forward with an independent investigation into the shocking findings of the USA Today report.  Survivors—and California taxpayers that have paid Chancellor Castro’s salary for many years—deserve answers.  This terrible situation certainly highlights the need to believe women and all survivors of sexual harassment and assault.”

“If the CSU Board of Trustees refuses to initiate an investigation in the near future, I will convene a Senate Education Committee hearing to examine the extent of inappropriate behavior that endangered the safety and well-being of students and other members of the Fresno State community.  We must do all we can to fully uncover what happened and prevent it from ever happening again.”