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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 and sexual harassment. 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 (DFEH), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or the U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR)).
During the 2008-2009 year, the OEOD received 91 complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment and more than 120 inquiries. As has generally been the case, most of these complaints are informal complaints where a member of the UCI community has sought assistance in resolving a matter without investigation. The most frequent complaint continues to be sexual harassment.
More than half of all complaints (52%) were brought by staff. Complaints brought by students account for 30% of the complaints received. Faculty complaints totaled approximately of 8%. Complaints from other sources (applicants, vendors, patients, etc.) account for the remaining 10%.
Staff also accounted for nearly half (46%) of the respondents, faculty were 22% of the respondents and students were 12%. 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 and separate from this report to assess progress and pinpoint issues of focus.
See Appendix A for descriptions of complaints.
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