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As of March 14th, the campus is shifting to remote operations. (This announcement and other information about COVID-19 are available at https://ehs.ucr.edu/coronavirus )

The Title IX/EOAA Office will be operating remotely during this period.  The on-campus office will not be staffed. To contact the office, please email
titleix@ucr.edu .  To file a report, please file online via https://titleix.ucr.edu/reporting

 

Title IX/EOAA is continuing to respond to reports and investigations remain ongoing.


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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.

Updates


New Title IX Regulations

On August 14, 2020, the University of California issued a revised Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment ("SVSH Policy").  The revision was required to comply with the Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), which became effective on the same date.

Summary of changes.  Much of the prior SVSH Policy remains unchanged.  The same conduct is now covered by the DOE regulations—conduct that:

  • occurred on or after August 14, 2020; AND
    - occurred in the United States in a University "program or activity,"  which includes: 
    - on campus; or
  • off-campus (1) in the context of University operations, at a location, event or circumstance over which the University exercised substantial control over the respondent and the context in which the conduct occurred, or (2) at the building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the University; AND
  • was "sex-based conduct" as defined in the Title IX regulation, which includes harassment based on sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex- or gender-stereotyping, or sexual orientation, if the conduct is severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive.

If the conduct falls within the above-noted criteria, the University must address the conduct through the newly designated DOE Grievance Process.  The DOE Grievance Process may involve a formal investigation, alternative resolution, or other inquiry.  If a formal investigation is conducted, if either party does not accept the preliminary determination made in that investigation, a hearing will be conducted.  Some of the notable changes in the process include:  (1) the insertion of a hearing following an investigation, and prior to policy determination [1]; (2) indirect questioning of parties and witnesses, through advisors who ask questions of the other party during a hearing; and (3) the University will provide a person to read the party's questions during a hearing if their advisor is not present or they do not have an advisor.  

If the conduct does not fall withing the above-noted criteria (i.e., other forms of Prohibited Conduct), the University will respond through the processes that existed prior to August 14, 2020.  Like the DOE Grievance Process, this could result in a formal investigation, alternative resolution, or other inquiry--or the matter could be considered closed . If a formal investigation is conducted, it would not involve a hearing unless the respondent is a student or a Senate faculty member.

If a case involves both DOE-Covered Conduct and other Prohibited Conduct, the University will respond under the DOE Grievance Process. The regulations are complex and, as a result, the SVSH Policy is also complex.  The above overview summarizes the major changes withing the updated policy.  To further clarify these changes, the University developed initial FAQs that are available here, and will be updated as appropriate.

FAQs:

What will happen to pending SVSH investigations?

The regulations only apply to conduct that occurs on or after August 14, 2020.  SVSH investigations pending before that date will proceed under the existing SVSH Policy.  In addition, the regulations do not apply to new reports of sexual harassment if the underlying conduct occurred prior to August 14, 2020.

Does this change UC Responsible Employee duties?

No.  All SVSH Policy requirements regarding Responsible Employees remain in effect.  All UC Employees who are not confidential resources and become aware of he possible sexual violence or sexual harassment of students must report the information to the Office of Title IX, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action at titleix@ucr.edu or https://titleix.ucr.edu/reporting

Additional FAQs and other information are available online at the UC Office of the President and on UCR's Title IX website.

[1] This change was implemented in 2019 for student respondents in response to changes in California case law. The current change of the hearing insertion now applies to cases that meet the DOE regulations and involve and employee respondent.

 

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