About the UC Santa Cruz Title IX Office

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 gender or sex based discrimination in any federally funded education program or activity.

Gender or sex based discrimination includes:

  • Sexual violence (ex: sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking)
  • Sexual harassment (including harassment that is based on sexual orientation and gender under SVSH policy)
  • Discrimination based on pregnancy/lactation and family status
  • There are other prohibited behaviors by the SVSH policy, learn more about these here

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

What does the Title IX Office do?

The Title IX Office works to prevent sex and gender based discrimination and ensure that no person is denied access to any educational program or activity on the basis of sex or gender. 

The Title IX Office provides assistance in resolving complaints of sex and gender based discrimination. There are different resolution options which we may provide assistance with. Learn more about these processes: 

Alternative Resolutions


The Title IX Office also provides safety and supportive measures (such as academic adjustments, changes in schedules, etc). Supportive measures are available with or without beginning a formal process. Learn more about safety and supportive measures available to you here.

Who does the Title IX Office protect?

The Title IX Office protects all campus affiliates. This includes undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral students, staff, faculty, and anyone else affiliated with UC Santa Cruz.  Title IX can assist all affiliates, regardless of the status of the respondent (person alleged to have engaged in prohibited conduct).

Non-campus affiliates (ex: people living on campus or visiting campus) may also make a Title IX report and receive support. Learn more by contacting the Title IX Office. 

How do I contact the Title IX Office?

To report a possible Title IX incident: 

Use this online reporting link

Call the Title IX Office at (831) 459-2462

If you have questions, want to consult with someone, or are unsure about reporting, you can also speak with Title IX staff while only providing information you are comfortable sharing, ask questions, or discuss hypothetical situations. Find Title IX staff to contact here.