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UC Regents recap – March 23

By Kat Bocanegra Speed

March 23, 2016 7:54 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California Board of Regents, the governing board of the University, met Wednesday to vote on the Statement of Principles Against Intolerance and discuss President Janet Napolitano’s proposed retirement program, among other topics.

  • The University Committee on Educational Policy unanimously approved an amended Statement of Principles Against Intolerance that condemns anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination.
  • Dr. Regina Fleming, medical director of UC’s Student Health Insurance Program, gave a presentation to the regents about student mental health services at UC campuses. The presentation included the number of full-time mental health staff to be hired at each campus and estimated these staff would be added by the 2017-2018 year.
  • University of California Student Association President Kevin Sabo discussed the findings of a UCSA evaluation of mental health resources on individual campuses.
  • The UC Committee on Finance held a discussion about Napolitano’s recommended retirement program for employees hired on or after July 1. The program would have two options for employees. The first option would be a pension capped at the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 limit of $117,020 a year, plus a supplemental defined contribution plan on pay up to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service limit of $265,000 a year. This plan would differentiate benefits for faculty and staff. Eligible faculty would receive a 5 percent contribution from the University on all pay up to the IRS limit. Staff would receive a 3 percent UC contribution on pay above PERPA up to the IRS limit. The second option would be a new stand-alone defined contribution plan where faculty and staff would both receive 8 percent from the University on all pay up to the IRS limit. Napolitano said she thinks this proposal would strengthen the UC’s long-term financial stability, while some regents expressed concern about the size of the differentiation of benefits between faculty and staff.
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