Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity


Page III: Complaint Resolution

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The University of California , Irvine is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all persons who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment. To this end, the OEOD receives, investigates, and works toward resolution of complaints regarding sexual harassment and discrimination.

Sexual harassment and discrimination complaints received by the OEOD can be

  • formal (filed in writing and requiring investigation),
  • informal (no investigation requested, but involving complaint resolution action),
  • outside agency (brought by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the U.S. Office of Civil Rights)

  • In addition, OEOD receives inquiries (requests for information, referrals, or contact that may result in a complaint).

    The OEOD received 54 complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment and more than 65 inquiries during 2003-2004. More than one third (40%) of the complaints brought to OEOD involved sexual harassment. Complaints related to discrimination based on race totaled 17%, and complaints related to discrimination based on disability accounted for 9% of cases. Complaints specifying sex discrimination and age discrimination each comprised 7%. Complaints brought by students increased from 23% to 37%. Complaints brought by staff decreased from 59% to 51%. Complaints brought against faculty increased from 25% to 30%, and complaints brought against staff decreased from 61% to 48%.

    Distribution of complaints by school or unit and related statistics are addressed individually to assess progress and pinpoint issues of focus. See Appendix A for descriptions of complaints.


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