EDUCATION

University of California student group decries Napolitano's protest remark after her apology

  • FILE - In this March 18, 2015 file photo, University of California president Janet Napolitano talks with Gov. Jerry Brown during a UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. Napolitani publicly apologized Thursday, March 19, 2015, for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes “crap,” a remark overheard on an open microphone at the regents meeting Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

    FILE - In this March 18, 2015 file photo, University of California president Janet Napolitano talks with Gov. Jerry Brown during a UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. Napolitani publicly apologized Thursday, March 19, 2015, for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes “crap,” a remark overheard on an open microphone at the regents meeting Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • University of California president Janet Napolitano speaks while giving a briefing on the progress she and Gov. Jerry Brown have made in ironing out their differences over UC's budget during a UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    University of California president Janet Napolitano speaks while giving a briefing on the progress she and Gov. Jerry Brown have made in ironing out their differences over UC's budget during a UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • University of California Berkeley student Kristian Kim throws fake money while starting a protest during a UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.   Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed  University of California President Janet Napolitano  plan to increase tuition by up to 5 percent in each of the next five years.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    University of California Berkeley student Kristian Kim throws fake money while starting a protest during a UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed University of California President Janet Napolitano plan to increase tuition by up to 5 percent in each of the next five years.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

A student group is criticizing University of California President Janet Napolitano for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by a microphone that prompted her apology.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/19F2hKt ) reports that UC Student Association President Jefferson Kuoch-Seng released a statement Thursday night saying the comment shows "disrespect for public expression of the student interest" and makes it more challenging to share views with administrators.

Napolitano opened the second day of a board of regents meeting Thursday by apologizing "for using a word "she doesn't normally use." The university's recording of Wednesday's meeting captured her saying, "Let's go. We don't have to listen to this crap," to the board chairman who had just activated his microphone.

Protesters had stripped off their shirts, tossed fake money and chanted.