A Note About Today’s Announcement

Campus Update

Chancellor Block and Vice Chancellor Gorden sent the following message to the UCLA campus community.

Earlier today, you received a message concerning Dr. James Heaps, a physician formerly employed by UCLA, who has been charged with sexual battery in connection with his medical practice. Please know that we take these charges very seriously and are cooperating with law enforcement on this matter.

Dr. Heaps’ alleged behavior is very disturbing, strikes at the core values of our UCLA community, and violates our policies and standards. Every person has the right to participate in university programs, activities and services and to work and learn together in an atmosphere free of harassment, exploitation or intimidation. We must ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and the broader UCLA community, and we will not waver in this commitment.

We understand that hearing this news might prompt various questions and concerns. UCLA has partnered with a trusted third-party resource called Praesidium, which has extensive experience in providing and connecting patients with support services. We encourage any individual with complaints or concerns about Dr. Heaps to contact Praesidium at (888) 961-9273.

If you would like any further information, please visit the Ashe Center website.

  • Gene D. BlockChancellor
  • Monroe GordenVice Chancellor for Student Affairs