Systemwide review of proposed revisions to Presidential Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Lori Castro, Interim assistant vice chancellor, Staff Human Resources; Pamela Peterson, assistant vice chancellor, Academic Personnel ; Alma Sifuentes, associate vice chancellor, Campus Life & Dean of Students

The University invites comments on the proposed revisions to the Presidential Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence. This policy applies to all members of the UC community.  

The proposed revisions are intended to update the policy in accordance with the Final Regulations for implementing the requirements of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorized by President Obama in 2013. These Final Regulations were issued by the U.S. Department of Education on October 20, 2014 and became effective July 1, 2015. 

Additionally, proposed revisions:

  • incorporate any new VAWA regulations and recent legislation requirements. 
  • assure that the policy is consistent with the efforts of the President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault.
  • reorganize the Policy for clarity.
  • update the definition of consent and add additional definitions to improve readability, consistency and understanding. 
  • include an “amnesty” provision for reporting as per California Statute for students and applies the amnesty possibility for faculty and staff.
  • clarify that the policy addresses only harassment that is sexual in nature, as required by VAWA.
  • comply with the President’s directive to disclose disciplinary actions to complainants.

The proposal revised Presidential Policy is located at,

Comments on the proposed policy changes are due by October 29, 2015 and should be directed to Tracey Tsugawa, Title IX Officer, at  A summary of campus comments will be provided to the Office of the President for consideration.