Proposed Revisions to UC Policy on Sexual Harassment

In an effort to address the recent changes to the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA 2013), the University of California has elected to revise its Policy on Sexual Harassment. VAWA 2013, which President Obama signed into law on March 7, 2013, includes several provisions to improve procedures used to prevent and address sexual harassment or violence when it occurs.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all persons who participate 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 University community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence, and that such behavior violates both law and University policy.

VAWA will take effect on March 7, 2014, and 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.
  • Adopting policy to address and prevent campus sexual violence.

To review the proposed policy changes, click on the link in Related Information. Employees covered by this policy are encouraged to review and comment on the changes. All comments should be sent to by Friday, January 10, 2014.