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Frequently Asked Questions
Check out links on the left for the three most asked questions:
For more questions please see below. If you can't find the information you're looking for on the website, please contact the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Officer, see bottom of page for contact information.
What is the best way to prevent sexual harassment?
What are some examples of sexual harassment?
Who should I talk to if I'm being harassed?
you are staff or an academic employee:
Talk to the Title IX officer (9-2462), a friend, your supervisor or
other manager, or a counselor at the Employee Assistance Program (1-866-808-6205)
How are sexual harassment complaints resolved?
If an informal solution is not appropriate or possible the Title IX office will:
a fact-finding investigation with the complainant's permission. For
information on fact-finding investigations for both sexual assaults
and sexual harassment in the Title IX office please see the "ucsc
policies" link at the top of the home page. Go to the link for
"The UC Santa Cruz Sex Offense". Click on the link for "UC
Santa Cruz Procedures For Reporting Sexual Assaults." Click on
Section V. "procedures for the resolution of sexual assault complaints".
What do I do if I'm being accused of sexual harassment?
Is the complaint process confidential?
Procedures provide for protecting the privacy of individuals involved in a report of sexual harassment to the extent allowed by law and University policy. A report of sexual harassment may result in the gathering of extremely sensitive information about individuals in the University community. While such information is considered confidential, University policy regarding access to public records and disclosure of personal information may require disclosure of certain information regarding a report of sexual harassment. In such cases, every effort will be made to redact the records in order to protect the privacy of individuals.
wishing to make reports of sexual harassment must understand that certain
University employees, such as the Title IX/Sexual Harassment officer,
managers, supervisors, and other designated employees responsible for
reporting or responding to reports of sexual harassment, have an obligation
to respond to reports of sexual harassment, even if the individual making
the report requests that no action be taken. The expressed wishes of
individuals regarding the confidentiality of reports of sexual harassment
will be considered in determining an appropriate response; however,
such wishes will be considered in the context of the University's legal
obligation to ensure a working and learning environment free from sexual
harassment and the due process rights of the accused to be informed
of the allegations and their source. Some level of disclosure may be
necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation, although requests
for confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.
Contact Rita Walker , Title IX Officer: 105 Kerr Hall . email: firstname.lastname@example.org . phone 831.459.2462 * 831.459.4825