Title IX / Harassment Office

For more information about the UC Santa Cruz Title IX and Sexual Harassment Office Please Visit: http://hdpiu.ucsc.edu/

In addition to criminal charges that may be brought about after a police investigation, the university may also impose administrative sanctions. More information about UC Santa Cruz's policy and procedure for administrative handling of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking may be found on the Title IX and Sexual Harassment website.

Summary of the Administrative Handling of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Policy


Complaints On-Campus
The university shall act promptly in response to information that a student has been sexually assaulted, or has been the victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking by another member of the UC Santa Cruz community. Upon receipt of a complaint, the university shall undertake an appropriate investigation. If it appears that there is sufficient evidence to warrant disciplinary charges against a student or staff member, such charges shall be brought pursuant to the appropriate university procedures or collective bargaining agreement.

If the alleged suspect is a student and the matter is brought before a hearing, the victim and alleged perpetrator are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present and to be informed of the outcome of the proceedings. If a student is found guilty of committing a sexual assault or other act of violence against another UC Santa Cruz student or employee after a disciplinary hearing, the penalties may include suspension, expulsion from residence halls, or permanent dismissal from UC Santa Cruz.

In addition, if during the course of the investigation and/or disciplinary process the alleged perpetrator, or anyone on their behalf, seeks to contact the victim so as to harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce the victim in any way, the university reserves the right to bring additional disciplinary action against the alleged suspect. Such conduct by any member of the UC Santa Cruz community will not be tolerated.

Those who are victims of assault or abuse are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Sexual Violence Prevention Educator (831-459-2721), the UC Santa Cruz Women’s Center Director (831-459-2169) or the Title IX Officer (831-459-2462). That person will explain the university’s disciplinary process relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This discussion does not obligate a victim to pursue official action. A decision to request an administrative investigation of a complaint of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking will necessitate contact with the Title IX Coordinator (831-459-2462), and possibly Student Judicial Affairs.

All charges are handled in accordance with the procedures relating to violations of applicable university policies and the Code of Student Conduct. Individuals accused of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking may also be subject to certain interim measures pending the completion of the disciplinary process. Students who allege sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by another student may request a change in their academic and living situations on campus after the alleged incident takes place if such changes are reasonably available.

The university will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence (as that term is defined Appendix A to Part 99 Title 34, United States Code of Federal Regulations), or non-forcible sex offense, the final results of a university disciplinary proceeding against a student or employee who is the alleged perpetrator. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim will be treated as the alleged victim for the purpose of this policy.

According to §16 of title 18 of the United States Code, the term “crime of violence” means:
• (a) an offense that has as an element the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, or
• (b) any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense

The result of a disciplinary proceeding means only the institution’s final determination with respect to the alleged offense and any sanction that is imposed against the accused.