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Deadline Jan. 13 for comments on UC’s sexual harassment policy

As a result of the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) signed by President Obama earlier this year, UC’s Policy on Sexual Harassment is undergoing a formal review.

Employees covered by this policy who wish to provide comments may submit them to Employee and Labor Relations Manager Michael Lum by Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community where everyone who participates in university programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation or intimidation. Every member of the UC community should be aware that the university prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence and that such behavior violates both law and UC policy.

VAWA will take effect on March 7, 2014, and includes several provisions to improve and expand how institutions address domestic and sexual violence. Some of the changes applicable to the University of California include:

  • reporting campus crime statistics beyond the crime categories the Clery Act already mandates to include incidents of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, as well as crimes motivated by national origin and gender identity;
  • providing primary prevention and awareness programs for incoming students and new employees in addition to ongoing education programs to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking;
  • conducting annual training for personnel who investigate and review asserted offenses; and
  • adopting policy to address and prevent campus sexual violence.

Read the revised policy in its entirety.

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