To the Campus Community:
This is a very difficult message for us to write. Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced significant changes to Title IX regulations that govern how sexual assault and harassment accusations are handled on college campuses. Our hope is that these or any other changes do not discourage survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment from reporting these serious incidents or cause them to relive those traumas. We want to assure you that despite these changes, our university continues to stand by our commitment to combat sexual violence, harassment and all other forms of prohibited conduct on our campus.
In an already unsettling time, we know that these changes in federal regulation might lead to greater concerns and heightened anxiety. However, please be assured that they will not curtail UCLA’s efforts to support and maintain a community where everyone can work, live and learn in an environment free of all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual violence and harassment. UCLA remains dedicated to ensuring that our policies and procedures protect the rights and welfare of all parties involved in Title IX processes.
Confidential support services are available to anyone affected by sexual harassment or sexual violence. Students can find more information at the Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) and Student Legal Services websites. Faculty and staff can access counseling support at this page. Information on making a report is also available at the Title IX office website.
We are Bruins — always guided by our shared values and commitment to mutual respect, equity, diversity and inclusion. We will ensure that this campus continues to live up to those values.
Gene D. Block
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion