UC sexual violence and sexual harassment policy and resources

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Chancellor George Blumenthal

The University of California, Santa Cruz is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all persons who live, work, and learn in our campus community can be free of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and retaliation.

The interim UC policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (PDF) prohibits sex offenses and provides information for faculty, staff, and students about how to respond when they experience a sex offense or hear about a sex offense experienced by another member of our community.

We all must take responsibility to engage as active bystanders to prevent sex offenses in our community and to report sex offenses to the Title IX office when they occur. Reporting ensures that survivors will be provided information regarding their rights and options, and given all of the assistance and support resources available. A new sexual assault and awareness website has been created to provide the campus community with information about how the university works to prevent sexual violence, how the university will respond once it becomes aware of sexual violence, and the many resources available to those who have been affected by sexual violence. Sexual violence includes gender-based violence and discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.

Reports of sexual violence should be made as soon as possible to the Title IX Office; it should be noted that supervisors and faculty are required by the policy to report sex offenses to the Title IX Office. Additionally, the UC Santa Cruz Police Department is available to assist with emergency situations and criminal complaints.

The newly created Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) Office in Kresge 714 is available to provide free, confidential assistance and information to survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and dating/domestic violence. CARE advocates can help you understand all of the reporting options so that you are able to make informed decisions. CARE staff can also provide assistance with requesting academic, housing, transportation, and employment accommodations for survivors. Confidential CARE advocates are available for appointments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday by calling 831-502-CARE (2273). Appointments can also be made online.

If you need to speak with an advocate immediately outside of business hours, please call Monarch Services at 1-888-900-4232.

If you have further questions and concerns regarding the policies or your responsibility to report, please contact the Title IX Officer, Tracey Tsugawa, at 831-459-2462 or if you are in need of confidential advocate support, please contact CARE Coordinator, Emily Crutcher, at 831-502-2273.

Please join me in doing your part to end sexual violence in our community.