Justice for Laya!
  • Petitioned UC Regents Board

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UC Regents Board
UC Regents Board
Alumni Regent
Darek DeFreece
Staff Advisor Program
Juliann Martinez
Russell Gould
Staff Advisor Program
Penny Herbert
Monica Lozano
Chair, Academic Senate, Faculty Rep
Dan Simmons
President of the University, Regent
Mark G. Yudof
Vice Chair, Academic Senate, Faculty Rep
Robert Anderson
Alumni Regent
Rex Hime
California Governor
Gov. Jerry Brown
State Rep. Adrin Nazarian

Justice for Laya!

    1. Petition by

      AF3IRM (Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization & Marginalization)

UPDATE: Jesse Cheng has been forced to resign! But you can still sign this petition asking the Board of Regents to protect Women's Resource Centers' funding.

We stand firmly with Laya, a University of California, Los Angeles graduate student, for speaking out against, University of California (UC) Student Regent, Jesse Cheng, who allegedly sexually battered and attacked her on October 3, 2010. 



1)   University of California Student Regent Jesse Cheng resign or be removed from his post immediately

2)   Laya receive full legal justice

3)   Women’s Resource Centers on University of California campuses be retained and funded


"I am sorry for sexually assaulting you." "I tried to rape you and I thank you everyday for not letting me do that to you."

These are the texts that Jesse Cheng, the sole student representative on the UC Board of Regents admits sending his girlfriend, ""Laya." Last October, Laya filed a case with the UC Irvine student dean, accusing Cheng of sexual assault. Cheng's fellow Regents issued a statement claiming they took the charges "very seriously" but declined to take action until the campus concluded their investigation.

On March 9th, 2011, the UC Irvine Office of Student Conduct found Jesse Cheng responsible for sexual battery. Although the campus has concluded their investigation and found Cheng guilty of the charges Laya brought against him, he remains in his position as Student Regent and the Board hasn't lifted a finger to remove him.

Jesse Cheng is a senior and will graduate in May. It seems the Regents want to let his term expire without publicly reproaching a University of California student who sexually assaulted another student. This is unacceptable - Laya deserves justice and all UC students deserve a system of schools that takes sex crimes seriously. Sign the petition to stand with Laya and the students!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1 signatures
    2. Victory! UC Student Regent Responsible for Sexual Assault Forced to Resign

      The Justice for Laya coalition and more than 800 Change.org members who signed their petition have a major victory to celebrate: Jesse Cheng, the student regent on the University of California Board of Regents, has resigned after being found...

    3. UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng's Appeal Denied; Ruling of Cheng's Guilt of Battery and Physical Abuse Upheld (via AF3IRM)

    4. Reached 800 signatures
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      If you wear tight jeans, it's impossible to rape you.
      At least, so declared an Italian Supreme Court Justice in the 1990s. And then the women of Italy descended on Parliament decked in denim, turning blue jeans into a powerful symbol not of casual...

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Student Who Admitted to Sexual Assault Still on UC Board of Regents

      Update: Victory! After emails from over 800 Change.org members, Jesse Cheng has resigned from his position as student regent. "This is a victory for my case, but also for other victims of sexual assault, battery, and rape," Laya commented in a press...

    8. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Corinne Warnshuis SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is a slap in the face to all women who attend UC's...and to all women in general. Cheng must go.

    • Rui Au GOLETA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      A rapist does not and cannot represent UC students!

    • Sabrina Sollmann TORRANCE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is ludicrous. What kind of message are you sending your students? That it's OK to go around raping people because you're not going to do anything about it! Standing by and doing nothing makes you even more guilty than he is!

    • Laura Avant DENVER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      If the Regents are reluctant to dismiss Jesse Cheng because of the harm it might do to his reputation, they need to consider the harm it is doing right now to all their reputations. He needs to be removed from any position of responsibility and face prosecution for his crime. We don't need people like this representing students. There are too many honorable students to take his place.

    • Samantha Trosky SWEET HOME CHICAGO AREA, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      It took me 15 years to get my rapist convicted, but it did finally happen!


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