Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence


The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. It is the responsibility of the University to prevent sexual harassment, if possible; correct it when it occurs; and to take appropriate disciplinary action, as necessary, against behavior that is a violation of the policy.

Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: A. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other University activity;
B. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting an individual; or
C. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment.
In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be given to the record as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred.

Sexual Violence

Rape and/or sexual assault.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are prohibited both by law and University policy. It is the responsibility of UCSF to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence.

Both University policy and the law prohibit retaliation against any individual who opposes sexual harassment, files a complaint, or assists or participates in any manner in an investigation or proceeding conducted by the University or an external agency.

All department heads and management personnel are responsible for enforcing this policy in their areas.