Discrimination and Harassment Prevention and Response

The University of California Office of the President is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in university programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation or intimidation.

Every member of the community should be aware that the university prohibits, in accordance with its policies: discrimination, bias, retaliation, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Such behavior violates both law and university policy. The university will respond promptly and effectively to any report of harassment and discrimination and will take appropriate action to prevent, correct, and when necessary, discipline behavior that violates university policy.

Who to contact

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination or if you or someone you know is experiencing sexual harassment or sexual violence, the Discrimination/Affirmative Action/Title IX Officer, John Sims (phone: 510-987-0477), can provide information and assistance.

You can choose to remain anonymous in making a report. Anonymous reporting happens when you do not disclose your name or the identities of the other parties involved, nor request any specific action. Depending on what information is shared, action by the University may be limited. The Discrimination/Affirmative Action/Title IX Officer will determine appropriate next steps as required by relevant laws and policies.


All reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or sexual violence should be reported to the Lead Discrimination/Affirmative Action/Title IX Officer. Either method below allows you to report anonymously.

The Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation Complaint Form (pdf) can be used to report complaints. To submit your complaint using the form, please make sure to save changes to the document and email the completed form to John Sims, Discrimination/Affirmative Action/Title IX Officer.

Electronic reports of other misconduct including sexual harassment and discrimination can be submitted through the EthicsPoint for Office of the President online reporting system.

All crimes in progress should be reported to 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

If you or someone you know has experienced any form of sexual violence, including sexual assault or rape, you are strongly encouraged to report the incident to your local police department, as follows:

  • For all Oakland-based UCOP offices, contact UC San Francisco Police Department: (415) 476-1414
  • For non-emergency incidents in Oakland (outside of UCOP offices), contact Oakland City Police Department: (510) 777-3333
  • In Sacramento, contact Sacramento Police Department: (916) 808-5471
  • In Washington, D.C., contact the Metropolitan Police Department Sexual Assault Unit: (202) 727-3700
  • In Riverside (for UCPath employees), contact Riverside Sheriff's Department: (951) 776-1099

Individual counseling

For UCOP, the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides assessment, counseling and referral services for a broad range of personal and work-related issues. FSAP also has trained professionals available to offer compassionate and confidential support if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted. To set up an appointment, call (415) 476-8279.

Key policies and procedures covering anti-discrimination and disability

Key policies and procedures covering sexual harassment or violence

The following policies and procedures address situations in which a report of sexual harassment or violence results in a recommendation for disciplinary action: