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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 109 complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment, an increase of nearly 23% over complaints received in 2005-2006. In addition, OEOD received more than 120 inquiries during 2006-2007.
*Complaints that do not fall within the UC Nondiscrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Consensual Relations Policies.
Complaints brought by staff accounted for 40% of all cases. Students brought 31%, and faculty brought 12% of the complaints received by OEOD. Those from other sources (applicants, vendors, patients, etc.) totaled 17%. Staff also accounted for nearly half (47%) of the respondents, faculty were 18% of the respondents and students were 23%. In some cases, complaints were brought against a department, the university, or an outside source (alumni, vendor, volunteer, etc.).
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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