Our Shared Responsibility for Preventing Sexual Violence
Chancellor Block shares new resources available to everyone in the campus community that help prevent and combat sexual violence and sexual assault.
All UCLA students, staff and faculty share the responsibility for creating a safe learning, working and residential environment. Sexual violence, including sexual assault, violates our campus values, our campus codes of conduct, and the law, and it will not be tolerated.
Last June, University of California President Janet Napolitano established a goal for UC to become the national leader in preventing and combating sexual violence and sexual assault. She formed a task force on preventing and responding to sexual violence and sexual assault, which was charged with establishing a common culture of trust and safety across the system. UCLA has moved swiftly to implement the task force’s recommendations.
Services for survivors are available to UCLA students, staff and faculty seven days a week, 24 hours a day. A new website, www.sexualviolence.ucla.edu, provides information on how to access these services and outlines all related university polices. It also provides information and educational materials related to preventing and responding to sexual violence.
UCLA has provided survivor services for many years, most recently through the CARE (Campus Assault Resources and Education) program. For the convenience of our students, CARE services are now offered in two locations. First, CARE at CAPS, located in John Wooden West, offers prevention, advocacy, education and mental health services.
Second, like each of the other UC campuses, UCLA has recently opened a new office called CARE: Advocacy Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Misconduct. UCLA’s CARE advocacy office is located in the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, and we are very pleased to welcome Victoria Molino as our new CARE advocate. An expert on sexual violence and a trained social worker, Victoria is ready to provide confidential information and support to students who have been sexually assaulted or subjected to any form of sexual violence.
Understanding that in certain instances there may be a preference for full confidentiality, sexual violence should be reported to campus authorities for legal and/or disciplinary investigation and action. Options for reporting are provided on the website and at the bottom of this message.
I have recently established two committees to coordinate our prevention and response activities. The Coordinated Community Review Team for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Misconduct, chaired by Nicole Green, interim director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), is establishing a campus collaborative approach to preventing and addressing sexual misconduct. The Case Management Team for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Misconduct, chaired by Kathleen Salvaty, UCLA’s Title IX coordinator, regularly reviews all current sexual misconduct cases to ensure that our responses are informed, timely, coordinated and compliant with all relevant policy guidelines.
If you have questions about UCLA’s approach to preventing or responding to sexual violence, please contact the Title IX coordinator in the Sexual Harassment Prevention/Title IX Office.
Thank you for all you do to ensure that UCLA is a safe environment.
Gene D. Block
April 30, 2015