Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy

August 26, 2020

Dear UC Family,

On August 14, we established a new Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy that provides one process for a consistent supportive experience for all students, faculty and staff.  To prevent duplication and for better alignment, the Board of Trustees transferred the Title IX provision from the Student Code of Conduct to its University Rule on Non-Discrimination and Harassment.  This action centralized the Policy and allows for greater access and ease of use for all members of our university community.  

Warm regards,

Bleuzette Marshall, PhD
VP for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact

August 14, 2020

Dear UC Family,

As we prepare for the beginning of the academic year, I am writing to provide you with a copy of the University’s new Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy that goes into effect today. 

On May 6, the U.S. Department of Education released new Title IX regulations for addressing sexual harassment.  As we have sought to ensure institutional compliance with these regulations, our values of innovation, inclusion and impact served as our guideposts in creating this Policy and its provisions of a fair process for all parties involved. 

The link is now available for our new University Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and its complaint resolution procedures. 

We encourage members of our community to familiarize yourselves with this Policy.  In the coming weeks, we will announce information sessions to provide an opportunity for members of our community to learn more about this new Policy.  Please encourage your teams to attend these sessions and ensure broad distribution of this commitment to equity and inclusion.

This Policy builds on and shall operate congruently with our strong, existing grievance processes; it provides a clear, equitable, and effective framework for addressing allegations of Title IX sexual harassment.  Of note, this Policy continues our practice of utilizing the preponderance of the evidence standard of proof in the Title IX grievance process and assures due process for all persons participating in the investigation and adjudication of grievances. 

While the regulations mandate changes in some of our procedures, our institutional expectations for equity and conduct have not changed.  As we have historically, the University shall continue to prohibit discrimination and harassment.  Alleged sexual misconduct that falls outside the jurisdiction of this Policy will continue to be addressed under our current policies and procedures, including University codes of conduct, human resource policies, and applicable collective bargaining agreements. 

As a reminder, managers and leaders must include the University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination in all handbooks, publications, or catalogs made available to applicants for admission and employment, students, parents or legal guardians, employees, and union or professional organizations holding bargaining or professional agreements.  If there are any questions about these compliance requirements, please contact me or our Interim Executive Director of Gender Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator, Matt Olovson. 

UC remains committed to ensuring a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment, where all members of our community treat each other with dignity and respect.

Warm regards,

Bleuzette Marshall, PhD
Vice President for Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact