Dear Members of the UCSF Community:
Bay Area media outlets have carried stories this week covering more than three years of reported violations of the Title IX Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy between January 1, 2013 and April 6, 2016 at the ten campuses of the University of California. Of the 113 cases that were included in this systemwide release of records, 26 cases occurred at UCSF. The release of these records is the result of several California Public Records Act requests made last spring by media outlets.
As a university dedicated to equity and inclusion, we strive each day to foster a climate and culture based on our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence. This includes respect for consent with regard to sexual behavior.
Under the leadership of President Janet Napolitano, UC has recommitted to cultivating an environment in which all UC students, faculty, staff and trainees are free from harassment and discrimination and has implemented policies and procedures to drive much-needed change. I applaud and support this work.
I assure you that UCSF has taken actions to both raise awareness of sexual violence and sexual harassment as well as to protect and support every member of the UCSF community.
When a report of sexual violence or sexual harassment is filed, we commit to clarity, fairness and timeliness in our investigation. We also commit that remedies or disciplinary actions resulting from such investigations will be appropriate with respect to the seriousness of substantiated behavior.
At UCSF, we have several resources available:
- CARE Advocate: Confidentially works with complainants to ensure they have support and access to both campus and community resources; also ensures that all interim measures pending an investigation are quickly implemented. Also focuses on supporting the survivors of sexual harassment or sexual violence.
- Student Health & Counseling: Offers free and confidential support for students.
- Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Offers free and confidential support services to faculty, trainees and staff.
- Office of the Ombuds: Offers confidential support and resources.
- Respondent Resources: Designated resources are available for respondents in these cases, so that they can have assistance in understanding and navigating the complaint and investigation process. Go to https://shpr.ucsf.edu/responding-allegations and https://shpr.ucsf.edu/if-you-have-been-accused.
I encourage you to learn more about the resources available at UCSF by visiting the UCSF Sexual Violence Prevention & Response website. If you have questions, please contact UCSF’s interim Title IX Director Nyoki Sacramento at Title9@ucsf.edu or (415) 502-3400.
Thank you for helping to make UCSF a safe, supportive and respectful environment for all.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor