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All persons who participate in University of California, Irvine programs and activities have the right to work and learn together in an atmosphere free of discrimination, exploitation or intimidation. To this end, the OEOD receives, investigates and works toward resolution of complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment.
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) and requests for review.
The OEOD received 85 complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment, an increase of 49% over complaints received in 2004-2005. In addition, OEOD received more than 80 inquiries during 2005-2006.
See Appendix A for description of complaints.
Complaints brought by staff accounted for more than half (53%) of all cases. Students brought 26%, and faculty brought 9% of the complaints received by OEOD. Those from other sources (applicants, vendors, patients, etc.) totaled 12%. Staff also accounted for more than half (57%) of the respondents, faculty were 25% of the respondents and students were 13%. In some cases, complaints were brought against a department, the university, or an outside source.
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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