A Message to the Campus Community about Preventing Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

2.14.17

Dear Campus Colleagues,

At UC Davis, we are committed to doing everything we can to maintain a community where all students, faculty and staff can work and learn together in an atmosphere free from sexual harassment and sexual violence.  University policy prohibits sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.  This prohibition includes acts committed by any member of our community, regardless of the gender or gender identity of the victim or the perpetrator.  When the University receives a report that a member of our community has experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence, we respond promptly to provide resources and support to the affected individual and, when necessary, to take corrective action against the perpetrator.

I encourage individuals who experience sexual violence or sexual harassment to contact the confidential victim advocates at the Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education.  CARE offers confidential support and guidance to all students, faculty and staff.  Information about other confidential resources is available here.

Individuals who wish to report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual violence to the University can contact the University’s Title IX Officer, at wjdelmendo@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-9466, or the Harassment & Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP) at (530) 752-9255.  Individuals who report are protected from retaliation by University policy.

Any University employee who is not designated as a confidential resource by our policy and who, in the scope of their employment, becomes aware that a student has experienced sexual violence or sexual harassment is required to report all information related to the incident to the University’s Title IX Officer.   This requirement applies to RAs, TAs and other student employees.  Faculty and supervisors are also required to notify the Title IX Officer when they learn about reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence involving employees.  The Title IX Office will protect the privacy of those involved in such complaints to the greatest extent possible.

Please visit the UC Davis sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention websites for more information.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding University policy or your reporting responsibilities, contact HDAPP at (530) 752-9255 or hdapp@ucdavis.edu.
 
Preventing and responding to sexual harassment and sexual violence is a responsibility we all share.  If you observe behaviors that may indicate a risk of possible sexual violence or sexual harassment, I urge you to be anupstander by intervening in a safe manner to stop the conduct, providing help and support to the affected individual, and encouraging others to speak out to put an end to sexual violence and sexual harassment.   Thank you for joining me in this very important effort.

Ralph J. Hexter
Interim Chancellor