Title IX at UCR
The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence, and that such behavior violates both law and University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates the University of California Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment.
What Types of Conduct does Title IX Address?
UCR's Office of Title IX, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action, as part of its mission to promote equity and create a working, living and learning climate free from discrimination and harassment, enforces UC anti-discrimination policies. The two most important policies are the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, which we call the SVSH Policy, and UCR's Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaint and Resolution Policy. This website focuses on the SVSH Policy. As explained below, the SVSH Policy relates to sexual harassment (including sexual violence) and retaliation. For information on the Discrimination Policy, which covers sex-based discrimination (and other types of discrimination and harassment, such as racial), please visit our main office website.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THE SVSH POLICY HAS BEEN REVISED/AMENDED SEVERAL TIMES, and the current version of the Policy only applies to conduct alleged to have occurred on or after the effective date of the Policy. Previous versions of the SVSH Policy and adjudication frameworks are archived on this website.
The SVSH Policy prohibits harassment based on sex. It also prohibits retaliation for people who make a report of sexual harassment or engage in other protected activities.
Sex-based harassment is unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature or otherwise based on sex and that is severe, persistent or pervasive and creates an intimidating or offensive environment. The Policy defines several types of sexual violence. Sexual violence is by its nature severe and understood to create an intimidate or offensive environment. Sexual violence is:
- Sexual assault. Sexual assault basically is sexual physical contact without consent. There are two types of sexual assault, penetration and contact. The full definition is found in the SVSH Policy.
- Relationship violence, including dating violence and domestic violence. Relationship violence basically is physical violence in the context of a close relationship and part of a patten of abusive behavior. Conduct that causes someone to fear physical violence may also be relationship violence (if, again, it is part of a pattern and in the context of a close relationship). The full definition is found in the SVSH Policy.
- Stalking. Stalking basically is repeated conduct that causes someone fear for their safety or substantial emotional distress, when the conduct is based on or motivated by sex (such as romantic interest). Examples of stalking include following, monitoring, or surveilling. The full definition is found in the SVSH Policy.
Retaliation is any conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from reporting sex-based harassment or participating in an investigation or resolution process, such as harassment or intimidation. The full definition is found in the SVSH Policy.
The SVSH Policy also prohibits invasion of sexual privacy, exposure, statutory rape, and failing to comply with a no-contact order or suspension or order of exclusion.
The SVSH Policy establishes the procedures UCR uses to resolve reports of sex-based harassment (conduct that violates the Policy). There are different procedures available depending on two main factors: (1) whether the person reported to have engaged in the conduct is a student, faculty member, or staff, and (2) whether the conduct is covered by the 2020 Title IX Regulations, which are explained below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The SVSH Policy and UCR's jurisdiction are limited. The Title IX Office resolution processes are most appropriate for matters that relate to current UCR students, employees (including volunteers), contractors/vendors, visitors, guests and patients), and that occurred:
- on UCR property
- in connection with UCR employment or in the context of a UCR program or activity, or
- off UCR property and outside a UCR program or activity but with continuing adverse effect on UCR property, program or activity.
Determining whether the Policy applies or whether or what process and measures may be used for a specific matter can be complicated; Title IX staff can answer questions you have about this, or you may read the Policy to learn more.