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Berkeley provost criticized for lax discipline resigns post

The University of California, Berkeley's second-highest ranking administrator — who had faced criticism for allegedly being too lenient on a fellow administrator accused of sexual harassment — resigned from his post, citing personal reasons.

Claude Steele, a prominent social psychologist who became the top academic officer at Berkeley two years ago, said in a statement he was stepping down as provost and executive vice chancellor because his wife has serious health problems that preclude him from devoting himself to the job.

"The choice has thus become clear: I can no longer offer UC Berkeley the time and level of commitment it needs from its (provost),...

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