On Thursday, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi responded to The Huffington Post’s article about Ryan Clifford’s lawsuit with the following statement:
We take the recent allegations in this lawsuit very seriously, and are committed to a fair outcome, wherever the facts may lead. If hazing occurred at this fraternity, we will take appropriate sanctions. UC Davis will not tolerate abusive behavior toward its students.If allegations of hazing were not properly investigated and handled, we will take appropriate actions. I take the safety and wellbeing of our students as one of my highest personal priorities and will strive to ensure that UC Davis provides a safe and welcoming environment for all. However, I also want to protect our students and staff from unjust accusations, and will ensure we have all the facts before reaching any final conclusions.
On Friday, former UC Davis student Ryan Clifford sued the university for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, creating a hostile educational environment and three other complaints after UC Davis allegedly ignored his reports of abusive hazing tactics at Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.