Dear Graduate Students,
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is currently reviewing the University of California, Berkeley’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, known as “Title IX.” Title IX prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment. Sexual violence, such as rape and sexual assault, battery, and coercion, is a form of sexual harassment. Universities are required to respond promptly and effectively to address sexual harassment, including sexual violence, and also to take certain steps to prevent it.
OCR staff will be on campus February 3-5, 2015, to hear from students. OCR plans to speak with representatives of certain student groups during pre-scheduled meetings. OCR also invites individual students to drop in and meet with OCR staff during office hours. OCR staff will gather information to help them understand the campus climate with respect to sexual violence, UCB’s preventative measures, and how UCB responds to notice of possible sexual violence. OCR welcomes students to share their experiences, impressions and ideas.
A specific Graduate Student Session will be held on February 4, 2015, at 11:00 am in the Bechtel Room in Alumni House.
We encourage you to attend this meeting.
OCR will also hold office hours at Alumni House on February 3 and 4. Click here for office hour times and room locations. All students are invited; please consider attending one of the drop-in Office Hours time-slots if you cannot attend the Graduate Student Session.
Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division