Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment (SVSH)
This Policy addresses the University’s responsibilities and procedures related to sexual violence, sexual harassment, retaliation, and other prohibited behavior as those terms are defined in this Policy (together, “Prohibited Conduct”) in order to ensure an equitable and inclusive education and employment environment. The Policy defines Prohibited Conduct and explains the administrative procedures the University uses to resolve reports of Prohibited Conduct.
Note on Federal Regulations: The Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) that went into effect August 14, 2020 require the University to follow a specific grievance process (“DOE Grievance Process”) in response to conduct covered by the regulations (“DOE-Covered Conduct”). The University advocated strongly for DOE to change some components of the DOE Grievance Process before DOE issued the regulations; DOE did not. Because compliance with the regulations is a condition of federal funding, the University has nonetheless revised its policies to fully implement them. This Policy is more expansive than the regulations in both conduct prohibited (described in Section II) and its coverage (described in Section III.B). So, the University will apply the DOE Grievance Process only when required, in response to DOE-Covered Conduct. It will follow its existing processes for all other reports. Appendix IV describes how the University will determine whether it must apply the DOE Grievance Process.
- UC Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence (English)
- Universidad de California – Política de Violencia sexual y acoso sexual (Español)
- 加州大學–政策 SVSH (Chinese)
- University of California – Polisiyang Seksuwal na Karahasan at Seksuwal na Panliligalig (Tagalog)
Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace
The University of California is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. The University prohibits discrimination against any person employed; seeking employment; or applying for or engaged in a paid or unpaid internship or training program leading to employment with the University of California. In addition, the University prohibits harassment of an employee, applicant, paid or unpaid intern, volunteer, person participating in a program leading to employment, or person providing services pursuant to a contract. The University undertakes affirmative action, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor.
- UC Policy: Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace (English)
- Discriminación, acoso y acción afirmativa en el lugar de trabajo (Español)
- 工作場所歧視、騷擾及平權行動 (Chinese)
- Diskriminasyon, Panliligalig, at Positibong Aksyon sa Lugar ng Trabaho (Tagalog)
Gender Recognition & Lived Name
Gender identity is fundamentally personal, and the University of California should ensure that all individuals have university-issued identification documents and displays of personal identification information that recognize their accurate gender identity and lived name (first name, middle name and/or last name or surname). As a public research university, the collection of gender identity data is necessary for federal reporting and assessing gender equity. As such, this policy also provides guidance on the collection and reporting of gender identity, lived name and sexual orientation.
- Gender Recognition & Lived Name(English)
- PACAOS Appendix E
- PACAOS-Appendix-E: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Student Investigation and Adjudication Framework for Non-DOE Covered Conduct (English)
- PACAOS-Anexo-E: Marco de investigación y resolución para estudiantes respecto de la violencia sexual y el acoso sexual (Español)
- PACAOS-附錄-E： 性暴力與性騷擾學生調查及裁定架構 (Chinese)
- PACAOS-Apendiks-E: Imbestigasyon sa Seksuwal na Karahasan at Seksuwal na Panliligalig ng Estudyante at Balangkas ng Paghatol (Tagalog)
- PACAOS Appendix F
- Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline (PACAOS)
- Standards of Conduct for Students
- University of California Investigation and Adjudication Framework for Senate and Non-Senate Faculty
- APM-015: Faculty Code of Conduct
- APM-140: Non-Senate Academic Appointees/Grievances
- APM-035: General University Policy Regarding Academic Appointment Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination in Employment
For Staff and Non-Faculty Academic Personnel
- University of California Investigation and Adjudication Framework for Staff and Non-Faculty Academic Personnel
- Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy Regarding Academic and Staff Employment
- Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct
Members of the University of California community are committed to the highest ethical standards in advancing our mission of teaching, research and public service. We recognize that we hold the University in trust for the people of the State of California. Our policies, procedures and standards provide guidance for application of the ethical values stated below in our daily life and work as members of this community.
- Principles of Community reflect our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures lifelong learning and growth for all of its members. We encourage every member of the UC Merced community to join us in our collective pursuit of these principles.
- Policy on Prohibition of Abusive Conduct and Acts of Violence by University Employees and Non-Affiliates describes the university’s prohibition on abusive conduct and acts of violence in the workplace, and sets forth procedures for the reporting thereof. UC Merced is dedicated to maintaining a respectful workplace environment that is free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, bullying or any behavior that a “reasonable person” would find abusive as defined in this policy. Accordingly, under this policy, employees are prohibited from engaging in violent, threatening, or other behavior that a “reasonable person” would find abusive.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
- Office on Violence Against Women (U.S. Department of Justice)
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
- Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 (U.S. Department of Labor)
- Title IX Legal Manual (U.S. Department of Justice)
- Office for Civil Rights (OCR) (U.S. Department of Education)
- Protecting Minors on Campus
UC Merced is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of minors who visit campus or participate in programs and activities sponsored by the University or by third parties using University facilities or resources.
- The Campus Advocacy, Resources, & Education (CARE) Office provides free and confidential advocacy services for those affected by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. CARE also provides prevention education for the UC Merced community. CARE welcomes students, staff and faculty of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races/ethnicities, classes and abilities.
- The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities oversees the student disciplinary system for reports of suspected student misconduct, both academic and nonacademic (e.g., computer misuse, alcohol and other residence hall violations, theft, and conduct that threatens health and safety)