Reporting to Title IX

Anyone can make a Title IX report using the online reporting form or by calling (831) 459-2462 
For questions about reporting responsibilities, and questions about the UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy and the UC Santa Cruz Title IX Procedures call: (831) 459-2462 

What is Reportable to Title IX?  

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault: Penetration or Contact without Consent
  • Dating and Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Invasions of Sexual Privacy viewing and/or taking or sharing photos/videos of intimate body parts without affirmative consent

  • Sex/Gender Related Harassment including harassment related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity and presentation

  • Sex/Gender Discrimination includes all of the above and broadly includes family leave, pregnancy, lactation, pay inequity, etc.
The Title IX Officer is available to consult with anyone in the UC Santa Cruz community regarding rights and responsibilities and reporting under Title IX. The Title IX Office accepts reports of sex/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. **If you are unsure, call (831) 459-2462 to consult. 
Anyone can report to the Title IX Officer under the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. UC Santa Cruz encourages anyone 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 complainant to make a Title IX Report and/or to report to law enforcement.

When a report is made to the Title IX Office by a third party, the Title IX Officer or staff member will provide outreach to the complainant in order to schedule a meeting. The Title IX Office may assist with 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. 

A complainant may also choose to make a report to law enforcement  by calling 459-2231 ext 1 or 911 and request assistance from the university to do so. 

What rights do complainants have with regard to Title IX procedures implemented in response to reports of sexual violence or sexual harassment?
Complainant Participation After an outreach has been done in response to a report from a third party, the complainant may choose whether or not to respond to the Title IX Office. If a complainant is interested in support from the Title IX Office, 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.
No Contact Directives No contact directives are administrative directives which direct both parties to avoid contact with the other. The directives include third party contact as well as phone, text, and social media. No contact directives are issued by the university and do not have the force of law. They can be issued by the Title IX Office when related to sexual violence and sexual harassment. For more information about no contact directives, contact the CARE Office or Title IX.  
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.