Berkeley Lab

Reporting Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence

UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures

Any member of the Laboratory community may report conduct that may constitute sexual harassment or sexual violence under this policy. In addition, supervisors, managers, and other designated employees are responsible for taking whatever action is necessary to prevent sexual harassment, to correct it when it occurs, and to report it promptly to the Title IX Compliance Officer or other appropriate official designated to review and investigate sexual harassment complaints. An individual may also file a complaint or grievance alleging sexual harassment under the applicable Laboratory complaint resolution or grievance procedure.

Compliance Officer

Leticia Ericson, Title VII and Title IX Officer
1 Cyclotron Road, MS 90P-0101, Berkeley, CA 94720-8076
Tel. 510-486-7635
Email: [email protected]

Response to Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence

The Laboratory will provide a prompt and effective response to reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence in accordance with the University of California Procedures for Responding to Reports of Sexual Harassment (Procedures). A prompt and effective response may include early resolution, formal investigation, and/or targeted training or educational programs. Upon findings of sexual harassment or sexual violence, the Laboratory may offer remedies to the individual or individuals harmed by the harassment consistent with applicable complaint resolution and grievance procedures. Any member of the Laboratory community who is found to have engaged in sexual harassment or sexual violence is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal in accordance with the applicable Laboratory disciplinary procedure or other Laboratory policy. Generally, disciplinary action will be recommended when the harassing or violent conduct is so sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it alters the conditions of employment or limits the opportunity to participate in or benefit from Laboratory programs. Any manager, supervisor, or designated employee responsible for reporting or responding to sexual harassment or sexual violence who knew about the harassment and took no action to stop it or failed to report the prohibited harassment may also be subject to disciplinary action. Conduct by an employee that is sexual harassment, sexual violence, or retaliation in violation of this policy is considered to be outside the normal course and scope of employment.

Intentionally False Reports

Because sexual harassment or sexual violence frequently involves interactions between persons that are not witnessed by others, reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence cannot always be substantiated by additional evidence. Lack of corroborating evidence or “proof” should not discourage individuals from reporting sexual harassment or sexual violence under this policy. However, individuals who make reports that are later found to have been intentionally false or made maliciously without regard for truth may be subject to disciplinary action under the applicable Laboratory disciplinary procedure. This provision does not apply to reports made in good faith, even if the facts alleged in the report cannot be substantiated by an investigation.

Free Speech and Academic Freedom

As participants in a public university, the faculty and other academic appointees, staff, and students of the University of California enjoy significant free-speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and Article I, Section I, of the California Constitution. This policy is intended to protect members of the University community from discrimination, not to regulate protected speech. This policy shall be implemented in a manner that recognizes the importance of rights to freedom of speech and expression. The University also has a compelling interest in free inquiry and the collective search for knowledge and thus recognizes principles of academic freedom as a special area of protected speech. Consistent with these principles, no provision of this policy shall be interpreted to prohibit conduct that is legitimately related to the course content, teaching methods, scholarship, or public commentary of an individual faculty member or the educational, political, artistic, or literary expression of students in classrooms and public forums. However, freedom of speech and academic freedom are not limitless and do not protect speech or expressive conduct that violates federal or state anti-discrimination laws.

Additional Enforcement Information

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) also investigate complaints of unlawful harassment in employment. These agencies may serve as neutral fact finders and attempt to facilitate the voluntary resolution of disputes with the parties. For more information, contact the nearest office of the EEOC or DFEH listed in the telephone directory.