Reporting to Title IX
The Title IX Officer is available to consult and provide advice to anyone in the UC Santa Cruz community regarding rights and responsibilities under Title IX. The Title IX Office takes reports of gender discrimination, including allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Title IX Officer ensures that all complaints are handled in accordance with established policies and procedures
What rights do complainants have with regard to Title IX procedures implemented in response to reports of sexual violence or sexual harassment?
The complainant may choose to request an alternative resolution or a formal investigation in response to his/her/their report. The only exceptions are when the Title IX Officer determines that the allegations require an investigation to mitigate a significant risk to the individual and/or campus community; however, even under those circumstances, the complainant may choose not to participate in the investigation.
Responsible employees must maintain the privacy of the complainant and will only discuss the report with the Title IX Officer and if appropriate, with his/her/their own supervisor. Prior to an investigation, the Title IX Officer will only discuss the incident with parties that need to know in order to establish safety measures, initiate accommodations and to implement no contact directives. If interim measures are needed, a minimum of information will be discussed with need to know parties but the details of the report or the type of Title IX report will not be revealed. All reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence will be handled privately to the extent permitted by law and by University policy and procedures.
Interim Measures and Remedies
Before or during an alternative resolution or formal investigation process, complainants may request changes to academic, living and working status, and transportation conditions or other interim protective and remedial measures. The University may provide such measures if the complainant requests them and if they are reasonably available. For example, a complainant may request a no contact directive, a lawful directive issued by a University official that prohibits contact between two or more parties.
Retaliation is a prohibited conduct under the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment and Title IX will work with the appropriate office to prevent and address retaliation. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse employment or educational actions against a person based on his/her/their report of prohibited conduct or participation in the investigation.
To encourage reporting, and because alcohol and drugs are often involved in sexual violence reports, neither student complainants nor student witnesses in an investigation will be subject to discipline for violations of the student conduct policy at or near the time of the incident with a few exceptions:
- Conduct placed the health or safety of another at risk
- Plagiarism, cheating, or academic dishonesty
- Egregious conduct, such as the sale of drugs or providing alcohol to an under-aged person.
The Title IX Office's primary concern is creating safety and connecting complainants to resources. If the Title IX Office receives a report from a third party, we will send an email to the complainant to ensure that he/she/they is aware of resources, support, and safety measures that are available to them. The complainant is under no obligation to respond to Title IX.