About the UC Santa Cruz Title IX Office

The Title IX Office is committed to fostering a campus climate in which members of our community are protected from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based harassment and discrimination.   

Title IX is a neutral office committed to safety, fairness, trauma-informed practices, and due process. 

For more information about UC Office of the President's efforts to ensure integrity of the Title IX process click here.

What is Title IX? 

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

– Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, Section 1681(a) Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. ​

What does the Title IX Office do? The Title IX Office has the responsibility to prevent sex and gender based discrimination and to ensure that no person is denied access to any educational program or activity on the basis of sex or gender. Discrimination based on sex includes sexual violence (sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and invasions of sexual privacy) and sexual harassment. The Title IX Office provides assistance in resolving and investigating complaints of sex and gender based discrimination. Upon request, the Title IX Office can provide supportive measures with or without a formal process. 

When the Title IX Office receives a report, it will prioritize the safety of the complainant when determining how to proceed. The Title IX Office can provide supportives measures in response to a complaint. Supportive measures may include but are not limited to: academic adjustments, changes in living arrangements, changes in class or work schedules, parking or transportation adjustments, and no contact directives. Supportive measures are implemented on a case by case basis and are meant to address the specific needs of the party.

The Title IX Office has responsibility for the fact-finding portion of the process. While the Title IX Office may assist any complainants including: students, staff,  faculty, and non-affiliates, they can only investigate policy violations if the respondent is a campus affiliate. The Title IX Office and the disciplinary bodies only have authority over campus affiliates.

The Title IX Office must ensure a fair and neutral investigative process. The Title IX Office does not represent either party during a complaint resolution process. Both parties are afforded the same rights to support services, information, and participation in the investigation process.

Once the investigation has been completed, the report may be forwarded to the appropriate office to conduct the adjudication process. The status of the respondent (student, staff, or faculty) determines which office has responsibility for the adjudication process.

Information about the adjudication process for students can be found here.

Information about the adjudication process for represented employees can be found here.

Information about the adjudication process for non-represented employees can be found here.

Information about the adjudication process for Academic Senate Members can be found here.

 

Report a possible Title IX incident using this online reporting link

or by calling the Title IX Office at (831) 459-2462.