Reporting to Title IX

To make a Title IX report, for questions about reporting responsibilities, and questions about the UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy and the UC Santa Cruz Title IX Procedures contact:
Tracey Tsugawa
Title IX Officer
831-459-2462 

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

Anyone has the option to make a report to the Title IX Officer under the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. UC Santa Cruz encourages anyone who has experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, invasions of sexual privacy, or other prohibited conduct to report an offense as soon as possible in order for appropriate and timely action to be taken. Confidential Advocates can help explain this option and accompany a survivor to make a Title IX Report and/or to report to law enforcement. When a report is made to the Title IX Office, the Title IX Officer or designee will provide an alternative resolution or conduct a formal investigation to determine whether a violation of policy occurred. The decision to initiate a formal investigation is generally dependent on the wishes of the complainant except in situations where 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.

What rights do complainants have with regard to Title IX procedures implemented in response to reports of sexual violence or sexual harassment?

Complainant Participation

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.

Privacy Rights

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

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.

Immunity

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. 
All UC employees, that are not confidential (CARECAPS, and the EAP), are required to report sexual harassment and sexual violence to the Title IX Office if a student reports to them. Faculty, Deans, and Supervisors are additionally required to report sexual harassment and sexual violence reported by faculty and staff.
The Title IX Office encourages staff and faculty to disclose their reporting obligations prior to receiving a report whenever possible and to promote awareness of confidential resources

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.