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UC IRVINE ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Office: Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Revised: March 2011
University of California
Contact: Sexual Harassment Officer at 949-824-5594 or email@example.com
The University of California Policy on Sexual Harassment covers all members of the University community, including faculty and other academic personnel, staff employees, students*, and non-student or non-employee participants in University programs. The Policy includes a definition of sexual harassment, clarification of the University's obligation to respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual harassment, provisions for training employees and educating the University community regarding sexual harassment, and a statement that the policy will be implemented in a manner that recognizes principles of free speech and academic freedom.
*Students outside of the scope of employment are covered by 102.09 Interim Policy on Sexual, Racial and Other Forms of Harassment. For purposes of these guidelines, references to the Policy on Sexual Harassment include this interim policy.
UCI has established the following Guidelines in order to (1) offer sexual harassment training and education to all members of the University community and to provide, consistent with California Government Code 12950.1, sexual harassment training and education to each supervisory employee; (2) to provide all members of the University community with a process for reporting sexual harassment in accordance with the policy; and (3) to provide for prompt and effective response to reports of sexual harassment in accordance with the policy.
These Guidelines also cover reports of retaliation related to reports of sexual harassment and violations of Section 700-16, Policy on Conflicts of Interest Created by Consensual Relations, and may be used in violations of APM 015, Part II.A.6 & 7, Faculty Code of Conduct.
UCI has designated the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity as the Title IX Compliance Coordinator or Sexual Harassment/Title IX Officer (SHO) whose responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the duties listed below.
The SHO may assign responsibility for the completion of these duties as needed.
Sexual Harassment Advisors
(SHAs) are faculty and staff other than the SHO who serve as additional
resources for members of the University community with questions or concerns
regarding behavior that may be sexual harassment. The SHAs are members of
the campus and medical center communities who are trained to assist students,
faculty, and staff with concerns about sexual harassment. The SHAs are knowledgeable
about applicable laws, University policies and procedures, options available
for resolution of complaints, and confidentiality requirements.
The SHAs act as an information resource and will:
The SHAs report to the SHO and their names and contact information are posted on the Sexual Harassment Prevention website.
Other members of the UCI and medical center communities may also serve as resources. These include administrators at UCI, including the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, and administrative department heads, who are responsible for understanding and implementing the sexual harassment policy and guidelines and for ensuring that the environment in their units is free of sexual harassment.
All members of the University community are encouraged to contact the SHO if they observe or encounter conduct that may be subject to the University's Policy on Sexual Harassment. Reports of sexual harassment may be brought to the SHO, to a human resources coordinator, or to any manager, supervisor, or other designated employee responsible for responding to reports of sexual harassment. If the person to whom harassment normally would be reported is the individual accused of harassment, reports may be made to another manager, supervisor, human resources coordinator, or designated employee. Managers, supervisors, and designated employees, including academic administrators, deans, department chairs, student advisors, graduate advisors, residence hall staff, coaches, law enforcement officers, student conduct staff, and health center staff, are required to notify the SHO or other appropriate official designated to review and investigate sexual harassment complaints when a report is received.
Reports of sexual harassment should be made as soon as possible after the alleged conduct occurs, optimally within one year. Prompt reporting will enable the University to investigate the facts, determine the issues, and provide an appropriate remedy or disciplinary action. Reports of sexual harassment brought after one year will be responded to to the greatest extent possible, taking into account the amount of time that has passed since the alleged conduct occurred. Unreasonable delay in reporting may impede the University's ability to conduct an investigation and/or effect appropriate remedial action, as well as the parties' legal rights.
Individuals reporting sexual harassment will be informed about options for resolving potential violations of the Policy on Sexual Harassment. These options will include procedures for Early Resolution, procedures for Formal Investigation, and filing complaints or grievances under applicable University complaint resolution or grievance procedures. Individuals making reports also will be informed about policies applying to confidentiality of reports under this policy (see H below). To the greatest extent possible, reports of sexual harassment brought anonymously or brought by third parties not directly involved in the harassment will be responded to. However, the response to such reports may be limited if information contained in the report cannot be verified by independent facts.
Individuals reporting sexual harassment will be informed about the range of possible outcomes of the report, including interim protections, remedies for the individual harmed by the harassment, and disciplinary actions that might be taken against the accused as a result of the report, including information about the procedures leading to such outcomes.
An individual who is subjected to retaliation (e.g., threats, intimidation, reprisals, or adverse employment or educational actions) for having reported sexual harassment in good faith, who assisted someone with a report of sexual harassment, or who participated in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a report of sexual harassment, may make a report of retaliation under these procedures. The report of retaliation will be treated as a report of sexual harassment and will be subject to the same procedures.
The goal of Early Resolution is to resolve concerns at the earliest stage possible. Parties are encouraged to utilize Early Resolution options when they desire to resolve the situation cooperatively and/or when a Formal Investigation is not likely to lead to a satisfactory outcome. Early Resolution may include an inquiry into the facts, but typically does not include a formal investigation. Means for Early Resolution will be flexible and encompass a full range of possible appropriate outcomes. Early Resolution includes options such as mediating an agreement between the parties, separating the parties, referring the parties to counseling programs, negotiating an agreement for disciplinary action, conducting targeted educational and training programs, or providing remedies for the individual harmed by the harassment. Early Resolution also includes options such as discussions with the parties, making recommendations for resolution, and conducting a follow-up review after a period of time to assure that the resolution has been implemented effectively. Early Resolution may be appropriate for responding to anonymous reports and/or third party reports. Steps taken to encourage Early Resolution and agreements reached through Early Resolution shall be documented.
While the University encourages early resolution of a complaint, the University does not require that parties participate in Early Resolution. Some reports of sexual harassment may not be appropriate for Early Resolution, but may require a formal investigation at the discretion of the SHO or other appropriate official designated to review and investigate sexual harassment complaints.
Where Early Resolution has been sought with the assistance of a University official other than the SHO, such officials are strongly encouraged to confer with and/or refer the complaint to the SHO. If the complaint is not referred to the SHO, the administrator shall make an inquiry into the incident, if appropriate, and attempt resolution. All outcomes (successful or unsuccessful resolutions) must be reported to the SHO within a reasonable time period of the resolution, typically no longer than thirty (30) calendar days.
In response to reports of sexual harassment in cases where Early Resolution is inappropriate (such as when the facts are in dispute in reports of serious misconduct, or when reports involve individuals with a pattern of inappropriate behavior or allege criminal acts such as stalking, sexual assault or physical assault) or in cases where Early Resolution is unsuccessful, the SHO, or his/her designee, may conduct a Formal Investigation. In such cases, the individual making the report will be encouraged to file a written request for Formal Investigation. The wishes of the individual making the request will be considered, but are not determinative, in the decision to initiate a Formal Investigation of a report of sexual harassment. In cases where there is no written request, the SHO or other appropriate official designated to review and investigate sexual harassment complaints, in consultation with the administration, may initiate a Formal Investigation after making a preliminary inquiry into the facts.
Formal Investigation of reports of sexual harassment include the following:
An individual who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment may file a complaint or grievance pursuant to the applicable complaint resolution or grievance procedure listed in Appendix I: University Complaint Resolution and Grievance Procedures. Such complaint or grievance may be filed either instead of or in addition to making a report of sexual harassment to the SHO. A complaint or grievance alleging sexual harassment must meet all the requirements under the applicable complaint resolution or grievance procedure, including time limits for filing.
If a complaint or grievance alleging sexual harassment is filed in addition to a report made to the SHO, the complaint or grievance will be held in abeyance subject to the requirements of any applicable complaint resolution or grievance procedure, pending the outcome of the Early Resolution or Formal Investigation procedures. If the individual wishes to proceed with the complaint or grievance, the Early Resolution or Formal Investigation will constitute the first step or steps of the applicable complaint resolution or grievance procedure.
An individual who has made a report of sexual harassment also may file a complaint or grievance alleging that the actions taken in response to the report of sexual harassment did not follow University policy. Such a complaint or grievance may not be filed to address a disciplinary sanction imposed upon the accused. Any complaint or grievance regarding the resolution of a report of sexual harassment under this procedure must be filed in a timely manner. The time period for filing begins on the date the individual was notified of the outcome of the sexual harassment investigation or other resolution process pursuant to the Policy, and/or of the actions taken by the administration in response to the report of sexual harassment, whichever is later.
Findings of violations of the Policy on Sexual Harassment may be considered in determining remedies for individuals harmed by the sexual harassment and will be referred to applicable disciplinary procedures (Appendix II: University Disciplinary Procedures). Procedures under this policy will be coordinated with applicable complaint resolution, grievance, and disciplinary procedures to avoid duplication in the fact-finding process whenever possible. Violations of the policy may include engaging in sexual harassment, retaliating against a complainant reporting sexual harassment, violating interim protections, and filing intentionally false charges of sexual harassment. Investigative reports made pursuant to this policy may be used as evidence in subsequent complaint resolution, grievance, and disciplinary proceedings as permitted by the applicable procedures.
The University shall protect the privacy of individuals involved in a report of sexual harassment to the extent required by law and University policy. A report of sexual harassment may result in the gathering of extremely sensitive information about individuals in the University community. While such information is considered confidential, University policy regarding access to public records and disclosure of personal information may require disclosure of certain information concerning a report of sexual harassment. In such cases, every effort will be made to redact the records in order to protect the privacy of individuals. An individual who has made a report of sexual harassment may be advised of sanctions imposed against the accused when the individual needs to be aware of the sanction in order for it to be fully effective (such as restrictions on communication or contact with the individual who made the report). However, information regarding disciplinary action taken against the accused will not be disclosed without the accused's consent, unless it is necessary to ensure compliance with the action or the safety of individuals.
University employees, such as the SHO, managers, supervisors, and other designated employees have an obligation to respond to reports of sexual harassment, even if the individual making the report requests that no action be taken. An individual's requests regarding the confidentiality of reports of sexual harassment will be considered in determining an appropriate response; however, such requests will be considered in the dual contexts of the University's legal obligation to ensure a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment and the due process rights of the accused to be informed of the allegations and their source. Some level of disclosure may be necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation, although the University will comply with requests for confidentiality to the extent possible.
Members of the University community can consult with the confidential resources listed below for advice and information regarding making a report of sexual harassment. These resources provide individuals who may be interested in bringing a report of sexual harassment with a safe place to discuss their concerns and learn about the procedures and potential outcomes involved. Individuals who consult with confidential resources are advised that their discussions in these settings are not considered reports of sexual harassment and that without additional action by the individual, the discussions will not result in any action by the University to resolve their concerns. Confidential resources at UCI include the following:
Office of the Ombudsman (949) 824-7256
Faculty and Staff Conflict Resolution Services (949) 824-8355
Student Counseling Center (949) 824-6457
Information regarding these and other UCI Resources can be found on the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity website.
The SHO is responsible for maintaining records relating to sexual harassment reports, investigations, and resolutions. Records shall be maintained in accordance with University records policies, generally five years after the date the complaint is resolved. Records may be maintained longer at the discretion of the SHO in cases where the parties have a continuing affiliation with the University. All records pertaining to pending litigation or a request for records will be maintained in accordance with instructions from legal counsel.
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