UCSB does not tolerate sexual harassment/sexual violence, which is prohibited by University policy and state and federal law. The Title IX Compliance and Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office (TIX/SHPC) provides assistance in preventing and resolving & investigating complaints of sexual harassment/sexual violence and gender discrimination. To proactively address these issues on our campus, the TIX/SHPC also provides:
- Preventative education
- Regular in-person training sessions
- Coordination of the legally mandated AB 1825 supervisory training
- Customized departmental trainings
- Distribution of the University policy and procedures regarding sexual harassment/sexual violence on an annual basis
The TIX/SHPC provides information about campus policies and procedures related to complaint resolution to any interested campus community member. Individual consultations can be scheduled for persons who need general information about possible response options or to supervisory staff who request a review of their specific reporting responsibilities to address information about possible sexual harassment/sexual violence of which they have become aware.
The TIX/SHPC is an office of record and, as such, cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. While the complainant's wishes regarding confidentiality will be considered, they must be balanced against the University's responsibility to respond to such reports and the rights of the accused to be informed of the allegations against them, including their source. The University will limit disclosures to what is reasonably necessary to conduct a fair investigation and determine appropriate disciplinary recommendations. All participants in an investigation will be advised that they are obliged to maintain confidentiality as well.
If you are unsure as to how to proceed and want to review a detailed inquiry relating to a concern about sexual harassment/sexual violence while maintaining complete confidentiality, you can consult the UC Santa Barbara Office of the Ombuds or CARE: Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education, which will hold the confidentiality of the discussion to the fullest extent permitted by law, even if the respondent(s) and associated behavior(s) are identified. Reporting potential incidents of sexual harassment/sexual violence to the Office of the Ombuds or CARE does not put the University on notice and will not trigger a legal obligation to investigate. Anyone who wants to “put the University on notice” should contact the TIX/SHPC to initiate this process.
Responsible Employees are required to report of sexual harassment or sexual violence involving students. All UC employees (except those specifically identified as confidential employees) are required to notify the Title IX office if a student brings information about, or an employee becomes aware of, a possible incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment. Further, all faculty and supervisors must notify the Title IX office if anyone in the University community brings information about, or you become aware of, a possible incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment. If you’re not sure whether you have been identified as a confidential employee, please contact your supervisor or department chair.
What this means for you: If someone comes forward to discuss an alleged incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence, or if you have reason to believe a student or employee is experiencing sexual harassment or sexual violence, you must:
- Immediately contact the Title IX officer and provide all of the information that was shared with you.
- Provide the following information to the student (NOTE: If you are faculty or supervisor, this may also include providing information to the reporting employee):
- Your obligation to report the names of people involved in the alleged sexual violence or sexual harassment, as well as all facts shared with you regarding the alleged incident (including the date, time, and location), to the Title IX Officer,
- The student or employee’s option to request that the University maintain his or her confidentiality, which the University (e.g., Title IX Officer) will consider, and;
- There are confidential support services available. The information shared with any of the confidential resources will not be forwarded to the university. For students, these confidential resources include the CARE office and the student health center, and off-campus sexual assault resources centers. Other resources are available for faculty and staff, including the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP).
- Do NOT conduct an investigation. This is the responsibility of the Title IX Office.
Reporting a Complaint
University policy does not require that persons who believe they have been victims of sexual harassment file a formal complaint.
If you believe you may be experiencing sexual harassment/sexual violence, there are multiple resources on campus available to receive your complaint. UCSB has designated trained individuals who work in coordination with the TIX/SHPC to serve as additional resources for members of the campus community who have questions or concerns regarding behavior that may constitute sexual harassment. A full listing of these resources can be found on the TIX/SHPC Resources page.
The TIX/SHPC offers a variety of resolutions including, but not limited to:
- Referral to mediation, counseling or other appropriate campus resource
- Investigation (formal & informal complaints)
As a result of the TIX/SHPC's involvement, the following recommendations may be made:
- Remedies for the Complainant
- Policy updates, clarification and/or distribution
- Disciplinary Action
Protection from Retaliation
The University also prohibits retaliation against any employee, student or applicant who reports a complaint of discrimination or harassment or participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint. If you feel you have been subjected to retaliatory actions, please contact the TIX/SHPC immediately.