Student group wants UC chancellor to quit over PR spending

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The association that represents University of California students statewide is calling for the head of the UC Davis to step down over the school’s public relations spending to clean up the university’s online image.

The Sacramento Bee ( ) reports Saturday the UC Student Association is joining seven state lawmakers and student protesters who say Chancellor Linda Katehi must go.

The demands came after the newspaper reported that UC Davis paid image consultants at least $175,000 to repair the damage online to the university’s reputation after campus police pepper-sprayed students in 2011.

UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter said in a statement that the campus used no public or student funds when it hired consultants to “optimize search engine results in order to highlight the achievements of our students, faculty and staff.”