Annual notice on employees responsible for reporting discrimination, sexual violence or sexual harassment

To: UCSC Community

From: Julie Lewis, Title IX Director and Samara Winbush, EEO Director

UC Santa Cruz strives to create and sustain an equitable environment for students, staff, and faculty.

The Office of Equity & Equal Protection (EEP) oversees compliance with Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. The office is responsible for the administration of UCSC’s policies and procedures regarding discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, religion, disability, sex, gender, age, and other protected identities. Both Title IX and EEO are housed within EEP.

To promote a healthy campus climate, we encourage everyone in our community to report incidents of sexual violence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to EEP.

UC Santa Cruz employees, with very limited exceptions, are required to report to the Title IX Office if they learn about sexual violence or sexual harassment that involves a student. Additionally, all managers and supervisors, faculty, Human Resources, and Academic Personnel administrators are required to report prohibited conduct described in UC’s new Policy on Anti-Discrimination.

You can use the reporting form at, or email Title IX directly at or EEO directly at

Reporting discrimination to the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office

UCSC is committed to developing and maintaining its capacity for equity, and to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment in which to belong. To that end, the EEO Office oversees the university’s affirmative action efforts to ensure equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and academic and staff employees.

The office also enforces the UC Policy on Anti-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination or discriminatory harassment against any university community member on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, military, or veteran status.

For questions and concerns related to affirmative action, discrimination, or discriminatory harassment, contact

Reporting sexual violence and sexual harassment to the Title IX Office

The Title IX Office plays a critical role by fostering a campus climate in which members of our community are protected from all forms of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, invasions of sexual privacy, and relationship violence. Sexual violence and sexual harassment have no place on our campus. Ensuring prevention and appropriate referral of all allegations is a shared responsibility, and we are grateful to all of you who have collaborated, consulted, and supported this work.

The goal of the Title IX Office at UC Santa Cruz is to serve as a support resource for students, staff, and faculty who may have experienced sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Responsible Employee Are Required to Report

Most employees–with the exception of confidential employees (Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), CARE, & Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Ombuds), are required to report to the Title IX Office if they learn about sexual violence or sexual harassment that involves a student. Supervisors and managers, faculty, HR, Academic Personnel administrators, and campus police must also report if they learn that a university affiliate may have experienced possible misconduct under the SVSH Policy. We have an online reporting form you can use to fulfill your reporting responsibilities, receive confirmation of your report, and ensure we can respond quickly. Our office is more than happy to meet with you for a consultation if you have any questions or concerns.

Employee Support

The Title IX and EEO offices are not emergency response organizations and observe regular business hours. These offices respond timely to reports, provide safety and supportive measures as needed, and work with the complainant to determine how to proceed. By reporting to EEP, you help us connect with parties that need resources and support and provide us with important information for addressing safety concerns on campus.

We encourage staff and faculty to reach out for support. Equity & Equal Protection is a resource for staff and faculty as well as students. You can contact EEP to receive support or to assist others in gaining support from our office. Our ultimate goal is to foster a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for learning, living, teaching, researching, and working.