I am writing to share important changes to UC Policy regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment and to offer a reminder about the resources available to faculty, staff, students, and trainees. There are many policy changes underway, but a few recent updates deserve specific mention.
- The UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment now requires that every UCSF employee, excepting confidential resources, notify the Title IX Office (Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination) when they receive information that a student has suffered sexual violence, sexual harassment or other prohibited behavior. This requirement applies to Graduate Teaching Assistants, Fellows, and all other student employees when disclosures are made to them in their capacities as employees. This requirement is in addition to the continuing mandate requiring all supervisors, managers, and faculty to notify the Title IX Office when they receive information of alleged prohibited conduct under the Policy.
- The UC Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students (PACAOS) has been modified and describes current processes and procedures applying to sexual misconduct cases involving students.
- UCSF now has Student Adjudication Procedures that implement the University’s Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment.
These new policies underscore UCSF’s ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment. The UCSF CARE Advocate, Denise Caramagno, provides free, confidential support to any UCSF affiliate, including students, staff and faculty who are affected by dating or sexual violence. Confidential services are also available at the Student Health and Counseling Services and at the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program for employees.
I will be sending additional information to all faculty and staff soon regarding systemwide mandatory sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention and response.
Preventing and responding to sexual violence on our campus is a responsibility we all share. Thank you for being a part of the solution.
For more information on UC’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence, visit http://sexualviolence.universityofcalifornia.edu.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor