Policies: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
Everyone at UC – students, faculty, staff and administrators – has the right to a safe learning and working environment. UC does not tolerate sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence or stalking. Each of us plays a critical role in ensuring the university is a safe place, and should know the rules of being part of the UC community.
It is imperative that we act as a community to prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment, provide confidential resources to those impacted, and to report it when it occurs. Real change in our community relies upon us working together as active bystanders to prevent and oppose this conduct.
Read More About UC SVSH Policy and UCI Guidelines on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
- Those affected by sexual violence or sexual harassment can receive confidential support and assistance through the CARE office.
- Additional resources are available to all of our community here.
- Those accused of engaging in sexual violence or sexual harassment in a university administrative process can receive information and assistance through the Respondent Services Office.
Discrimination Prevention in Field Research
Field research is often the reason why people decide to become scientists. It provides immersive opportunities to partner with study systems. Often the most valuable insights and innovations come from experiences in the field. Field research can be fun and exciting, and provides unique bonding opportunities for teams of researchers. Yet the same aspects that make field work wonderful can also lead to dangerous situations (isolation, remote wilderness settings, lack of control over conditions, increased power dynamics).
About the Sexual Harassment Advisors (SHA) Program
The OEOD Sexual Harassment Advisors (SHA) program exists to assist students, staff, and faculty on campus and in UCI Health with concerns about sexual harassment and sexual violence (relationship violence, stalking, and sexual assault). SHAs possess knowledge of applicable laws, University policies and procedures, and confidential resources on campus. In addition to facilitating a warm hand-off to OEOD, they may assist OEOD in the implementation of Title IX-related academic, housing, and workplace accommodations.
What are SHAs?
Neutral advisors, not advocates
Resource for faculty, staff, and students experiencing:
- Sexual harassment
- Dating or domestic violence
- Sexual assault
- Other forms of sexual misconduct
Provides guidance and consultation on the University’s resources
Facilitates as a “warm handoff” to OEOD; resources to CARE
Helps OEOD track trends in schools
Helps bring training and resources to groups or departments
Helps with accommodations as needed
Helps remind employees of Responsible Employee obligations and avoid failures in reporting
2021-Present | BioSci SHAs
This is a volunteer position for a one-year term nominated by the Dean. The SHAs meet with OEOD for group quarterly trainings on relevant topics and meet with the OEOD SHA Liaison twice per quarter for short, one-on-one check ins.
Resources and Additional Information
UCI CARE (Campus Assault Resources and Education)
Established in 2005, the UCI CARE Office provides free and confidential support services to members of the UCI community impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence and/or stalking. UCI CARE aims to end these forms of power-based personal violence by engaging the campus community in education, programming, and transformative action.
Sexual Harassment/ Title IX
The Sexual Harassment/Title IX Officer (SHO) is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with federal and state discrimination and sexual harassment laws, as well as investigations of sex offenses. As such, the SHO provides educational programs regarding discrimination, sexual harassment and sex offense prevention for students, staff and faculty on the campus and at the medical center. The SHO responds to, investigates, and/or seeks resolution to allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment or sex offenses, and serves as an information resource on issues of sexual harassment.
The University of California, Irvine is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all persons who live, work, and learn in our campus community can be free of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, and retaliation. Every member of the University community should be aware that sexual violence is prohibited by law as well as our University policy and will not be tolerated.
Do you have a complaint to report? Submit an OEOD Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Sexual Violence Report.