A correspondent reminds me that part of a decent response to shame is to willingly step down from the position of power. Chancellor Katehi answered yesterday that the University needs her.
That might be true, but contrition is necessary. For example, the Chancellor ought to have promised to visit each of the pepper-sprayed students, individually, at their hospital room or their home or apartment or dorm room. She could bring them a small cake, or flowers, and say something appropriate. They could have a chat. That’s something the school needs, and it’s something the Chancellor can do better than anyone else.