University of California president Janet Napolitano has formally apologized for her role in interfering with a state audit this year, after an independent investigation ordered by the UC Board of Regents.
"I made a serious error in judgment," Napolitano said. "I apologize again for my actions that have detracted from the reputation of this great institution and the great people associated with it."
The UC Board of Regents spent about five hours in closed session Thursday going over the results of the investigation. It found that Napolitano directed UC campuses to send her office its responses to surveys from the state auditor. Her staff in some cases told campuses to change responses that cast the office in unfavorable light. They have since resigned. The investigation did not find Napolitano had a role in changing the survey responses.
The regents formally admonished Napolitano, but did not take further action against her. The board said it will adopt new oversight rules over her office in January.
State lawmakers are withholding $50 million in funds until the UC system adopts recommendations in the state audit.