Everyone at UC — students, faculty, staff and administrators — has the right to a safe learning and working environment. Each of us plays a critical role in ensuring the university is a safe place, and should know the rules of being part of the UC community.
- UC is committed to fostering a community where everyone works and learns together in a place free of harassment, exploitation and intimidation.
- UC will respond promptly to reports of sexual violence and take appropriate action to prevent it and when necessary, take disciplinary action.
- UC expects everyone to take university education and training courses on sexual violence prevention. Faculty, other academic appointees and staff are required to take sexual harassment prevention training.
The University of California has updated the systemwide student adjudication process for cases involving sexual violence or sexual harassment allegations. While many aspects of the process remain the same, the recent revisions allow for a broader evidentiary appeal hearing in cases involving a suspension or dismissal sanction. Complainants and Respondents currently involved in student cases can expect to receive communication from the Title IX Office shortly about any potential impacts on their case. There will be more information to come, so please check back here for updates or with Title IX staff as the University implements these changes.
For further information on these changes, you can review our Interim Framework, specifically Appendix E. You may also review the Interim Appendix E (3/1/2019).
UC's policies and codes of conduct spell out the rights and responsibilities of students and employees in ensuring that UC is a safe environment, and how the university addresses reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment.
State and Federal laws
UC complies with state and federal laws related to sexual violence. These include, but are not limited to, the following laws:
- Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any federally funded education program (P.L. 92-318). Under Title IX, sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of unlawful sex discrimination. Schools that receive federal financial assistance must take steps to prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment, and promptly and effectively respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment.
- The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to report annual crime statistics on or near their campuses and to provide other safety and crime information to the campus community (P.L. 101-542). The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-4) requires campuses include sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in these reports.
- SB 967 (De León, Chapter 748, Statutes of 2014), the “Yes Means Yes” state bill, requires colleges and universities to adopt certain policies on sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, such as an affirmative definition of consent and a preponderance of evidence standard.