Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity


2007-2008

Page III: SUMMARY OF 2007-2008 COMPLAINTS

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  • Complaints overall increased 4.6% from 109 in 2006-2007 to 114 in 2007-2008.
  • Formal complaints increased from 18 in 2006-2007 to 21 in 2007-2008.
  • Sexual harassment complaints increased from 47 in 2006-2007 to 58 in 2007-2008.
  • Discrimination complaints based on race decreased from 17 in 2006-2007 to 10 in 2007-2008. 
  • Discrimination complaints based on disability increased from 6 in 2006-2007 to 9 in 2007-2008.
  • Discrimination complaints based on national origin declined from 7 in 2006-2007 to 3 in 2007-2008.
  • No discrimination complaints based on religion were filed in 2007-2008.

In addition to the 114 complaints, OEOD processed 113 inquiries. OEOD attributes this rise in reported cases and inquiries to the increased training and educational programs, particularly the AB1825-compliant Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

Graph 2. Basis of Complaints (2007-2008)

*Other includes complaints of lack of equal opportunity in employment or allegations not covered by UCIís nondiscrimination and sexual harassment policies.

Sexual harassment continues to be the most reported category followed by race and disability.

While sexual harassment dominates the reported cases for the past five years, three other categories are notable each year: race, disability and sex. OEOD continues to work to provide education and resolution on these issues.

Graph 2. Basis of Complaints (2007-2008)

Graph 2. Basis of Complaints (2007-2008)

During 2007-2008, 114 complaints were brought against respondents in 23 schools and coordinating units from throughout the UCI campus and the medical center.

Graph 4. Respondent Schools/Coordinating Units Complaints

Staff reported the most complaints, followed by students and faculty. Staff were identified as the respondent in the most complaints, followed by faculty and students. In some cases, complaints were brought against a department, the university, or an outside entity (alumni, vendor, volunteer, etc.).


The increase in complaints over the last five years has generally been consistent among faculty, staff and students.  In each of the past five years, staff members have constituted the largest category of complainants, followed by students and then faculty. OEOD has noted the small number of students who actually report claims of discrimination and harassment, especially since the student population far exceeds the population of staff and faculty combined.

Graph 7. Complainant Type – Five Year Comparison

Note: Total number of complainants may exceed the total number of cases due to multiple complainants in some cases.


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