sheet on UC Berkeley’s sexual harassment policies, procedures,
education and training, and services
5 December 2002
have raised questions about sexual harassment policies and procedures
at the University of California, Berkeley. This page consolidates
information about the campus’s existing policies and mechanisms
for responding to allegations of sexual harassment. The relevant
policies are available through www.berkeley.edu;
type“sexual harassment” in the Search field for
a list of links.
Title IX Compliance Office monitors and evaluates campus efforts
to meet requirements of the 1972 federal legislation that prohibits
all forms of sex discrimination in educational institutions
that receive federal funding. Beyond meeting the complex legal
requirements for resolving issues of sex discrimination, sexual
harassment, sexual assault and rape, this office helps create
and maintain a campus community committed to positive values
of equal opportunity, and free from all forms of harassment,
exploitation or intimidation.
Title IX Compliance Officer:
the Campus Complaint Resolution Officer for faculty, staff
and students in the investigation and resolution of sexual
harassment complaints, pursuant to the Berkeley
Campus Policy on Sexual Harassment and Complaint Resolution
Procedures. The policy includes the definition of sexual
harassment, sources of information on sexual harassment policies
and programs, mediation and complaint resolution processes,
formal complaint policies and disciplinary actions, and campus
resources on sexual harassment.
with the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity in overseeing
cases concerning faculty issues relating to gender discrimination.
the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost on cases concerning
faculty charged with sexual harassment.
committed to balancing institutional, legal and individual
concerns in the course of resolving these matters.
procedures for handling complaints are detailed in the Berkeley
Campus Policy on Sexual Harassment and Complaint Resolution
Procedures. Allegations of sexual harassment are investigated
by the Title IX officer or an independent investigator. Under
the policy, allegations are to be submitted within 90 days of
the triggering incident; however, that time limit may be waived.
The investigation of any complaint is to be completed within
90 working days.
avenue for pursuing complaints is under the systemwide Faculty
Code of Conduct, whose sexual harassment policies have no
time limit with regard to reporting alleged violations. Faculty
conduct also is regulated by the Academic Senate; Appendix II
of the Berkeley
Division Academic Senate Manual (Title II, subsection A)
deals with Professional Conduct and Faculty Discipline, and
prohibits sexual relationships between faculty and students
where there is a supervisory relationship between the two. Full
of the Academic Senate are available online.
notification of sexual harassment policies
of Student Conduct
All students are subject to the Code
of Student Conduct, which explicitly prohibits sexual harassment.
The code is available online to all students. Additionally,
the code is distributed in printed form to the following groups:
students living in residence halls (as part of the Guide to
directors of all 400+ student groups
the leadership of all campus Greek organizations
all students attending CalSo orientation programs
all students who purchase the General Catalog
all students who purchase the Graduate Handbook
yearly, parts of the code are printed in the Daily Californian
student newspaper, with a reminder to students to review the
entire code online.
a supplement to Code of Student Conduct, the Berkeley
Campus Student Policy and Procedures Regarding Sexual Assault
and Rape includes the UC Berkeley policy regarding sexual
harassment. This document also provides the following information:
campus response, prevention and education efforts, procedures
for responding to an incident, and contact information for campus
units providing services related to sexual assault or harassment,
including: ASUC Student Advocate, Housing and Dining Services,
Ombudsperson for Students, Office of Student Conduct, Student
Legal Services, Title IX Compliance Officer, University Health
Services, UC Police Department, and Women’s Resource Center.
The UC Berkeley Police Department prints an annual report of
crime statistics that includes data on non-forcible sex offenses.
The booklet also includes the text of the Berkeley Campus Student
Policy and Procedures Regarding Rape and Sexual Assault. This
booklet is available to all students online via the UCPD
Web site, and can be mailed upon request.
units on the campus, including the School of Law, also make
additional information on this subject available through their
and staff notification of sexual harassment policies
the annual retreat for deans and chairs of departments sponsored
by the executive vice chancellor and provost, information on
the university’s policies and procedures, including sexual
harassment, is distributed. Faculty are directed annually to
the online Faculty
Guide to Campus Life, which discusses campus policies and
procedures. At orientations for new faculty, the sexual harassment
policies are distributed. At orientation sessions for new staff,
the Title IX officer discusses these policies. The Title IX
officer also presents eighty to ninety workshops per year on
the subject of sexual harassment to a variety of groups on the
A variety of resources are available at the Tang Health Center
to students who have been sexually harassed or assaulted, including
counseling and medical care. Additionally, the University
Health Services Web site offers a variety of resources for
students facing such a crisis with step-by-step instructions
on how to report the incident and/or get immediate treatment.
The Tang center also sponsors prevention activities to support
the campus community by helping to create an environment free
of sexual assault. Workshops are available for living centers,
classes, departments and other groups.
(Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Prevention Education and
Services) Located within the Gender
Equity Resource Center, SHAPE strives to increase campus
awareness of sexual harassment through education and programs.
SHAPE interns provide advocacy and support to students throughout
the complaint process – including assistance with documentation,
information about available options and accompaniment to appropriate
campus units involved in their case.
recruits and trains student interns to facilitate interactive
educational workshops for a variety of campus groups including
residence halls, freshman orientation classes, sororities
and fraternities, and campus student groups requesting information.
sponsors a semester-long seminar on “The Politics of
Sexual Harassment.” Class participants explore in-depth
the cultural underpinnings and the range of gray areas surrounding
sexual harassment, as well as the political, economic and
social climates surrounding issues of sexual harassment.