UC President Janet Napolitano's Message on the New Presidential Policy against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
On March 7, 2014, University of California President Janet Napolitano sent an important message to the UC community on the new presidential policy on the protection against sexual harassment and sexual violence at the university (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000385/SHSV).
Representatives from Academic Personnel, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Office of the General Counsel, and Title IX offices, have collaboratively worked to modify the existing policy to meet the federal requirement of adopting the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), signed by President Obama last spring. VAWA requires all institutions to comply with new regulations about responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
According to President Napolitano, this new presidential policy:
- Identifies procedures for reporting and investigating an incident;
- Specifies sanctions against perpetrators that may be imposed after disciplinary proceedings;
- Protects the confidentiality of the victims;
- Provides information on victims’ rights, support services, and requests for accommodation; and
- Outlines training for faculty, staff, and students, as well as for people who investigate and conduct hearings.
President Napolitano mentioned that this policy “will continue to evolve” to strengthen the security and to increase support at the UC. The UC also anticipates new regulations related to VAWA from the Department of Education in November 2014. For more information about the policy, please get in touch with the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment / Title IX Compliance (OEOSH/TC).