End Corrupt UC Berkeley Official Diane Leite
  • Petitioned Mark G. Yudof

This petition was delivered to:

University of California, Office of the President
Mark G. Yudof
UC Berkeley Senior Administrator
Diane Leite
Vice Chancellor for Research
Graham Fleming
Procurement & General Services Manager
Jonathan Caniezo

End Corrupt UC Berkeley Official Diane Leite

    1. Daniel Ho
    2. Petition by

      Daniel Ho

      long beach, CA

May 2012


A petition by UC Berkeley student Daniel Ho calling for the firing of an official charged with violating the school's sexual harassment policy was successful, in conjunction with offline and online support.

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As a tuition/fee paying student, it irks me to think about corruption within university administration. And alas, the headline appeared to me this past week when (now former) UC Berkeley Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Diane Leite was only demoted in rank and pay despite giving several undeserved raises to purchasing manager Jonathan Caniezo, whom she was having undisclosed sexual relations with. Between 2007 and 2010, Caniezo saw his annual salary increase from $70,000 to $110,000. Vice Chancellor for Research, Graham Fleming was the one who notified Leite of her demotion and pay dock in a letter written on February 17th of last month. Despite being stripped of her title, Leite still receives $175,000 salary compared to the $188,531 prior to the discovery of the affair. Shouldn't she be fired? I think so.

It doesn't matter what college or university you go to, this type of behavior is absolutely intolerable under any circumstances. Such an ethics violation should not be overlooked by students. Let our voices be heard that we will not tolerate such corruption in ANY educational institution administration. This slap on the wrist is a disgrace not only to the faculty and staff of the UC system but to hard working students all across California. How can our culture value education in a society in which those in control are irresponsible and not doing their job properly? Students of California, let your voice be heard and make Diane Leite resign! Put a stop to corruption and show that we are a force to reckon with. If you care about how your money and taxes are spent, sign this petition.

We want Graham Fleming to take stricter action in having Diane Leite and Jonathan Caniezo both not demoted but fired from their positions within UC Berkeley and the whole University of California system.

Letter from UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Graham Fleming






Update - 3/15/12

We're making progress! San Jose Mercury News has published an article, mentioning this petition!


"In addition to the letter from faculty members, about 150 people by Thursday afternoon had signed an online petition calling for Leite and her boyfriend, Jonathan Caniezo, to be fired."

Recent signatures


    1. UC Berkeley exec fired over improper pay raises

      Daniel Ho
      Petition Organizer

      We were a small part, but we provided a part of the push, thanks everyone for signing the petition.

    2. 250+ Signatures, Press Mention

      Daniel Ho
      Petition Organizer

      I'm overwhelmed by the response and reaching the milestone of over 250 signatures! I'm very glad to see so many who share my view in getting our voices heard and taking initiative to make real change. We've been mentioned in a news article (More are soon to follow) and am very proud of each and every one of you. Thank you and let's keep the momentum going!

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • R. Steel SONOMA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Tired of paying taxes for criminals.

    • Linda Barrow PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      Would you also support my petition. Mine involves high school administrators minimizing an angry coach who has thrown a chair and screams in angry rages. In what other profession would this be allowed. Horrible role model for our young men/students. Please sign my petition for a positive change.


      Thanks so much!

    • Jeffery Kahn OAKLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Recently retired from UC Berkeley, I would have been fired had I engaged in activity like this. Totally out of bounds.

    • Stephen Redmond BERKELEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm an alumnus

    • Diane Sprouse BERKELEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a staff person. The fact that there has been a complete lack of response from senior administrators to this incident is insulting to the campus community.


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