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.

Specifically:

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 titleix@conet.ucla.edu
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.

Sincerely,

Gene D. Block
Chancellor

 

Feb. 22, 2016