October 31, 2023

Reaffirmation of Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Offenses

To the Anteater community:

As we begin the academic year, I ask you to join me in reaffirming our collective commitment to ending sexual harassment and sexual violence at UCI. It is imperative that we act as a community to prevent sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking, provide confidential resources to those impacted, and to report it when it occurs.

Under the UC SVSH Policy, all university employees who are not designated confidential (including staff, faculty, and student-staff) are Responsible Employees and must make a report to the OEOD/Title IX when they learn through the course of their employment of an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence (including sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, and other sexual misconduct) involving students.

Supervisors, faculty, Human Resources, and UCIPD have a further duty to report all incidents involving any person affiliated with the university. This includes patient complaints of sexual misconduct made to UCI Health.

Reporting to OEOD ensures a consistent response and that those affected by sexual misconduct can learn about their rights, options, and resources. UCI students, staff, and faculty can receive confidential support and assistance through the CARE office. Additionally, the UCIPD can help with emergency situations, safety escorts, and criminal complaints of sexual violence. Both CARE and UCIPD can provide information and transportation support for forensic exams, including access to UCI’s forensic exam site established last academic year.

To request training, make reports, or seek assistance, see OEOD’s website or contact OEOD at 949-824-5594, oeod@uci.edu. Additional resources are available to all of our community here. Those accused of engaging in sexual violence or sexual harassment in a university administrative process can receive information and assistance through the Respondent Services Office.

UCI is committed to ensuring equitable participation in education and employment free of sexual misconduct. Thank you for joining me in this ongoing effort.

Chancellor Howard Gillman