New UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy
In a message to the campus community, Chancellor Block notes that the updated policy includes an important provision on reporting.
Sexual violence and sexual harassment in higher education are issues of intense concern to our community. On January 1, 2016, the University of California implemented an updated Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment.
The policy is an important part of the university’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment on our campuses. Please read it.
An important new provision of the policy designates employees as “responsible employees” required to report information concerning sexual harassment and sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator, who is responsible for coordinating the campus’ response to all reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Faculty members, managers and supervisors, human resource and academic personnel administrators: If in the course of your work you obtain information about possible sexual harassment or sexual violence from anyone affiliated with UCLA (a colleague, student or staff member) you must report it to the Title IX coordinator as soon as possible.
All other employees, including teaching assistants, resident assistants and all other student employees: If in the course of your work, you obtain information that any UCLA undergraduate, graduate or professional student may have experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence, you must report it to the Title IX coordinator as soon as possible.
To make a report, contact Kathleen Salvaty, UCLA’s Title IX coordinator, at 310-206-3417 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her office at 2241 Murphy Hall. Provide the names of people involved, the date and time of the incident and other relevant information. Do not conduct an investigation on your own. Responding to the report is the responsibility of the Title IX coordinator.
If possible, tell the person reporting to you of your obligation to report to the Title IX coordinator, and inform them of confidential resources on the campus.
Additional provisions of the policy that affect the entire UCLA community include:
- More specific definitions of sexual violence, sexual harassment and other prohibited conduct.
- Required processes and procedures for responding to, investigating and resolving complaints of sexual violence and sexual harassment.
- Prohibition of retaliation for people participating in an investigation or process related to a report of prohibited conduct.
- Requirements of annual training for all employees and students.
Confidential support services are available to anyone affected by sexual harassment or sexual violence. For students, these confidential resources include CARE, the Campus Assault Resources and Education, which is located on the first floor of Wooden Center West (310-206-2465, CAREadvocate@caps.ucla.edu). For faculty and staff, these resources include the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center at 10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 380 (310-794-0245) and the Office of Ombuds Services at 501 Westwood Plaza, Suite 105 (310-825-7627).
For more information, visit the UCLA sexual violence prevention website. Please note that using confidential resources services does not relieve you of your obligation to report to the Title IX coordinator.
Further information on the SVSH policy is forthcoming. In the meantime, I encourage you to review the policy and address any questions or comments to the Title IX office.
Thank you for your participation in our ongoing efforts to improve the culture and climate of our campus, and to keep our students, faculty and staff safe and free from sexual discrimination, harassment and violence.
Gene D. Block
Feb. 22, 2016