September 29, 2017
As we begin another academic year, we write to reaffirm UC San Diego’s commitment to fostering a truly inclusive climate that is free of intimidation, harassment, racism, and discrimination. Such a campus environment is most supportive of student learning, and the wellbeing and sense of belonging of our students, staff and faculty. We are dedicated to being a campus where the highest standards of decency and civility are practiced by all members of our community.
As community members, we have both rights and responsibilities which are articulated in the codes of conduct that work to reduce the likelihood of harm, enhance our daily interactions, and guide us in acting as stewards of a community in which all can teach, learn and work together. To this end, our Principles of Community, Student Conduct Code, and Faculty Code of Conduct are aimed at fostering a climate of fairness, cooperation, respect, and professionalism.
In this context, we are fully committed to creating and maintaining a campus community free of sexual violence and sexual harassment. UC San Diego does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, which violate not only policy and law, but also the standards of our community.
The recent announcement that the U.S. Department of Education has rescinded prior guidance about campus response to sexual assaults is distressing, but UC San Diego stands in solidarity with the statement issued by UC President Janet Napolitano. Further, we reissue our pledge to address allegations of sexual violence and sexual harassment promptly, and ensure that we respond to such incidents in a manner that is compassionate, equitable for all participants, and complies with the applicable policies, laws and regulations.
Important information and reminders:
· All UC employees, including student employees, are required to
notify the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination
(OPHD) when they learn about situations involving possible sexual
harassment or sexual violence or if they receive information from a
student about any type of alleged sex offense. OPHD is the University’s
Title IX office. They can be reached at: (858) 534-8298 or
Finally, the University offers many forms of support and resources to all members of our community. We want to highlight a few important confidential resources for you.
· CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (CARE @ SARC) at
These offices provide assistance to anyone in our community affected by these issues and are not required to report information to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination.
Creating a community free of sexual violence and sexual harassment requires the ongoing commitment on the part of everyone. Please join us in reaffirming this commitment to fostering a healthy and respectful living, learning and working environment.