VAWA and Revised UC Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy

March 07, 2014

The University of California has issued a revised Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy in response to President Obama signing into law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA).

The VAWA requires that educational institutions, including UC San Francisco, comply with specific regulations when responding to incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment.  UC’s revised Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy implements these requirements by increasing reporting requirements for sexual harassment and sexual violence, providing support and clear direction for victims, and outlining training for faculty, staff and students.  

UC San Francisco is part of a UC system-wide effort to provide education, prevention and response to the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.  We want our faculty, staff and students to feel safe, secure, welcomed and supported. As part of this commitment, sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training is now available to all members of the UC San Francisco community.

New faculty, staff and students will be notified of sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training during orientation.  Current faculty, staff and students can access training through the UC Learning Center.  Administrators, supervisors and managers, who are responsible for reporting sexual harassment and sexual violence, will receive specific notifications regarding the availability of training.  Additionally, on April 29, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cole Hall, Life Theatre will present a two-hour Sexual Harassment training that will include information on VAWA.  This training satisfies AB 1825’s mandatory sexual harassment training for supervisors and is also open to the entire UC San Francisco community.  To register for the Life Theatre training, go to the UC Learning Center.

The Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy update is effective as of February 25, 2014, and is available online. Read More