University of California, Riverside

Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office



Title IX Notification


Title IX Notification on Non-Sex Discrimination

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) is committed to providing a safe academic and working environment in which all students, faculty, staff and visitors are free from sex discrimination.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities, and UCR adheres to this law.   All education institutions receiving federal funds must comply with Title IX.  Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and sexual violence in the form of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

Title IX states that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits­ of or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal ­financial assistance.”

Sex discrimination is strictly prohibited at UCR and it will not be tolerated.  In compliance with federal laws, specifically Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, UCR has policies and procedures in place to respond promptly and effectively to allegations of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence.

Any form of harassment or sexual violence can have a profound impact on the affected person’s academic or work environment, personal and social life and negatively impact the person's family and friends, or other students and co-workers of the UCR community.  If you are a student, faculty, staff or visitor who has experienced sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or any form of sexual violence, whether it occurred at an on or off campus UCR sponsored event, you are encouraged to access the support services available, and consider taking action through UCR’s administrative process or pursue options available through the law enforcement system.

The Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office is the primary office you can go to if you have concerns or questions and/or would like to file a complaint, and/or would like to get information about UCR’s administrative and disciplinary processes.  In compliance with Title IX regulations, the University has   designated a Title IX Coordinator (Title IX Compliance Officer), Debbie Artis, Director/Title IX Compliance Officer.  She is responsible for receiving complaints and overseeing investigations related to sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence.  She also oversees and develops training and educational programs/materials for students and employees on the prevention of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence, as well as monitor trends and effectiveness of Title IX education efforts.

Reporting

Reports, including reports by Complainants and reports by a third-party, including anonymous reports of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence may be brought to the Title IX Compliance Officer or to an employee who shall forward the report to the Title IX Compliance Officer.  If the person to whom harassment or sexual violence normally would be reported is the person accused of the misconduct, a report may be made to another employee.

Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have concerns, questions and/or wish to make a report may contact:

Debbie Artis, Director/Title IX Compliance Officer Sara Aguirre, Title IX Investigator
Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office
349 Surge Building 349 Surge Building
Office Telephone: (951) 827-7070 Office Telephone: (951) 827-7070
E-mail: debbie.artis@ucr.edu E-mail: sara.aguirre@ucr.edu

In addition, there are administrators designated to respond to concerns and/or reports and may be contacted as follows:

Tasha Yules, Interim Deputy Director
Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Programs
0111Costo Hall
Office Telephone: (951) 827-4208
E-mail: tasha.yules@ucr.edu

Audrey Pusey, Director for Residential Conduct and Advocacy
Glen Mor Housing, J
Office Telephone: (951) 827-4252
E-mail:  audrey.pusey@ucr.edu

Janet Lucas, Executive Associate Director of Athletics/SWA
Athletics and Dance Building
Office Telephone: (951) 827-4572
E-mail: janet.lucas@ucr.edu

Elizabeth Sanchez, Director
Employee & Labor Relations
1233 University, Suite 200
Office Telephone: (951) 827-1414
E-mail: elizabeth.sanchez@ucr.edu

Katina Napper, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel
Academic Personnel Office
381J Surge Building
Office Telephone: (951) 827-5032
E-mail: katina.napper@ucr.edu

Rights & Options

If a student, faculty or staff experience sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence, they have the right and the option to report their incident to the Title IX Compliance Officer by telephone at (951) 827-7070 or in-person at the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office, 349 Surge Building.  Upon receiving a report or complaint: 

  • The Title IX Compliance Officer will reach out to the affect individual(s).
  • Each affected individual(s) has a choice on how, when and whether or not to respond to the Title IX Compliance Officer.
  • Title IX Compliance Officer will provide the affected individual(s) with a written explanation of their rights and options.
  • The Title IX Compliance Officer will take all reasonable steps to respond, which may include providing accommodations (e.g., changing classes, residence halls or work situation) and/or conduct an investigation.
  • The Title IX Compliance Officer will (at the complainant’s request) assist with reporting any form of sexual violence to law enforcement.

The University prohibits retaliation against a person who reports sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence, assists with a report of harassment or sexual violence, or participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a harassment or sexual violence report.  Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals and/or adverse actions related to education or employment.

An individual can request a campus “No Contact Order.”  A “No Contact Order” is a University order that prohibits an individual (student, faculty or staff) from contacting the person requesting the order.  A “No Contact Order” can order the restrained person to: 

  • Not contact you in-person (verbally, non-verbally or physically)
  • Not contact you by phone or voicemail (including text messages)
  • Not contact you online (e.g. email, social media, networking sites, internet or instant messaging)
  • Not contact you by written communication (e.g. notes, letters or e-mail)
  • Not contact you through a third party (e.g. asking a friend to talk with the person for you) 

The Title IX Compliance Officer can assist with this process or request a campus “No Contact Order” for an individual who requests to have one. 

Confidentiality

UCR employees cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, except when the reports are privileged communication with a campus licensed psychotherapists, counselors and health care professionals.  The University must take all reasonable steps to respond and investigate a report, taking into account that confidentiality may not be possible in every case given the University’s responsibility to provide a safe environment for all its students, faculty, staff and visitors.  To ensure that the University has met its obligations, UCR employees (including student workers) must consult with the Title IX Compliance Officer concerning what identifying information they can or must share within the University to respond to a report and to promote campus safety.

When an individual(s) reports an incident to the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office, their privacy will be respected to the fullest extent possible.  The report will be shared with only those members of the campus community with a need to know basis, and the individual(s) will be apprised of all actions taken.  Reports to law enforcement may create public records (California Public Records Act (CPRA) Cal Code §§6250-6276.48).  However, requests for confidentiality may limit the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office’s ability to respond to a report.

Emergency Resource

If you have an emergency, please call the police immediately by dialing 911 (from any campus telephone). 

UCR Police Department
3500 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, CA 92521
Non-Emergency Telephone: (951) 827-5222
Website: http://police.ucr.edu/

Other Resources On-and-Off Campus

There are additional resources on and off campus that can provide complete confidentiality and assistance: 

On Campus (Confidential)

CARE Advocate Office                                                                    Student Affairs Case Manager

Naddia Palacios (For Complainant Support)                            Jeremiah Dieujuste (For Respondent Support)

386 Surge Building                                                                         381 Highlander Union Building

Office Telephone: (951) 827-6225                                               Office Telephone: (951) 827-9354

Office Hours: Monday—Friday 8 Am to 5 PM                              Office Hours: Monday—Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

E-mail: naddia.palacios@ucr.edu                                                 E-mail: jeremiah.dieujuste@ucr.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAP)                         Office of the Ombuds   

Veitch Student Center, North Wing                                                Andrew Laratt-Smith (Students & Employees) 

Telephone:  (951) 827-5531                                                          390 Surge Building          

24 Hour Hot Line; (951) 827-5531 or UCR-TALK                     Office Telephone: (951) 827-3213

Office Hours: Monday—Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM                  Office Hours: Monday—Friday 8 Am to 5 PM

Other On Campus Resources

For Undocumented Students at UCR

Undocumented students who experience sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence may need specialized assistance due to concerns related to their immigration status.  These on campus resources are available to help:

Undocumented Student Programs                                           The University of California Undocumented

Ana Coria, Program Coordinator                                               Legal Services Center

224 Costo Hall                                                                              Office Telephone: (530) 752-7996

Telephone: (951) 827-3808                                                        Email: ucimm@law.ucdavis.edu

Office Hours: Monday –Friday 8 AM to 5 PM                             https://law.ucdavis.edu/uc-undocumented/

E-mail: ana.coria@ucr.edu

For UCR Students & Employees

Women’s Resource Center                                                            Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)

Director                                                                 Resource Center

260 Costo Hall                                                                                  Nancy Tubbs, Director

Office Telephone: (951) 827-3337                                                245 Costo Hall                                   

Office Hours: Monday—Friday 8 AM to 5 PM                              Office Telephone: (951) 827-2267

E-mail:                                       Office Hours: Monday—Friday 8 AM to 5PM

                                                                                                            E-mail: nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu

Off Campus (Confidential):

Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center                                             Alternatives to Domestic Violence

1845 Chicago Avenue, Suite A                                                      4150 Latham Street, Suite A

Riverside, CA 92507                                                                       Riverside, CA 92501

Telephone: (951) 686-7273 (24 Hour Crisis Line)                  Telephone: (951) 320-1374 (Out Reach Services)

                                                                                                           Telephone: (800) 339-7233 (24 Hour Crisis Line)

                                                                                                           Telephone: (951) 682-0829 (24 Hour Crisis Line) 

Professional Resource (Confidential)

The Faculty & Staff Assistance Program

Office Telephone: (951) 7810510 or (800) 266-0510 (24 Hour Crisis Line) *Bilingual Services 

Filing a Formal Complaint with the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office

If you wish to file a complaint, you may contact the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office by telephone at (951) 827-7070 or walk-in at 349 Surge Building.

When a formal Title IX complaint is made the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office shall:

  • Provide a prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution.  Investigations will be conducted by Title IX investigators who have received annual training on how to conduct an investigation and conduct a proceeding in a manner that protects the safety of complainants and promotes accountability.
  • Conduct investigations within 60 days or less, unless there are mitigating circumstances in which case both the complainant and respondent shall be notified and provided with an explanation.
  • Provide the outcome of the investigation which is determined by the preponderance of the evidence standard, “more likely than not”, standard.

Both the Complainant and Respondent shall have the right to:

  • The opportunity to have others (e.g. CARE advocate for complainants), Student Affairs Case Manager (for respondents), a support person/advisor, family member or friend present during any related meetings, including University disciplinary proceeding.
  • Be accompanied by the person of their choice to all related meetings.
  • Be simultaneously and unconditionally informed in writing of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding, including the final determination with respect to the alleged offense, any sanction that is imposed and the rationale of the results.
  • Be informed of any rights and procedures to appeal and the deadline to appeal.
  • Be informed of any change to the results that occur prior to the time that such results become final, and when results become final;  and
  • Be informed how to obtain a copy of the investigative report, which shall be redacted to protect the privacy of any personal and confidential information other than information regarding the person who is provided with the report.

Any member of the University community who is found to have engaged in sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence is subject to disciplinary action including dismissal in accordance with the applicable University disciplinary procedure or other University policy. Generally, disciplinary action will be recommended when the misconduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit the affected person an opportunity to participate in or benefit from educational programs or it alters the conditions of her/his employment.

Related Policy

Interim UC Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence (Appendix II: University Disciplinary Procedures) at the following website: http://titleix.ucr.edu/harass/policy.html

All Possible Discipline and Disciplinary Actions for Students

The Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students (Section 100.00) prohibits conduct that is subject to discipline and the types of disciplinary actions that may be imposed for violation of University policy.  The website pertaining to discipline and types of disciplinary actions may be found at:

Student Code of Conduct:  http://conduct.ucr.edu/students/sanctioninformation.html

All Possible Discipline and Disciplinary Actions for Faculty Members

The Faculty Code of Conduct (APM – 015 referenced in Section III.D) and the University Policy on Faculty Conduct, the Administration of Discipline (APM – 016 referenced in Section III.D), and the Non-Senate Academic Appointees/Corrective Action and Dismissal (APM - 150) prohibit conduct that is subject to discipline and the types of disciplinary actions that may be imposed for violation of University policy.

The websites pertaining to discipline and types of disciplinary actions may be found at:

APM-015:  http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-015.pdf

APM-016:  http://ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-016.pdf

Non-Senate AA/CA & D: http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-150.pdf

All Possible Discipline and Disciplinary Actions for Staff

The Personnel Policies for Staff Members and collective bargaining agreements (applicable to exclusively represented staff employees) prohibit conduct that is subject to discipline and the types of disciplinary actions that may be imposed for violation of University policy.  The website pertaining to discipline and types of disciplinary actions may be found at:

Nondiscrimination in Employment:  http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4010391/PPSM-12

Filing a Criminal Complaint with Law Enforcement

Reports involving sexual violence in the form of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, may be made to UCR Police Department by telephone at (951) 827-5222 or in-person at 3500 Canyon Crest Drive Riverside, CA 92521 or to the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction the incident occurred.  Law enforcement can initiate a criminal investigation and provide assistance in obtaining temporary restraining orders from a court of law which will be honored both on and off campus.

The Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office will provide assistance in reporting to law enforcement and such assistance can be arranged by contacting any of the resources listed in this notification.  Students and employees also have a right to decline to report to law enforcement, and will be entitle to any and all available resources provided by UCR.

Anyone who experience sexual violence are encouraged to file a report as soon as possible.  Delays in reporting may make gathering evidence to secure a criminal conviction more difficult.  In the event of a sexual assault—preserve evidence—even if the affected person is unsure whether to report the assault.  By preserving evidence the affected person can choose to report the assault to law enforcement at a later time.  To preserve evidence the affected person should not bathe, douche, use the toilet or change clothing prior to a medical exam.  Any clothing removed should be placed in a paper bag, not plastic bag.  Doing any of these things can be very difficult in the aftermath of a sexual assault but preserving evidence gives the affected person the opportunity to make important decisions in less traumatic circumstances. 

In addition, anyone who has experience an incident involving dating or domestic violence should document any evidence, such as bruising or other visible injuries, by taking photographs.  Evidence of stalking including any communication, whether in writing or made electronically, should be saved and not altered in any way.

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E-mail: TitleIX@ucr.edu

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