A student who filed a federal complaint against the institution for allegedly mishandling a reported sexual assault has spoken anonymously about her experience. She told The Huffington Post that the investigation process dragged on and that a therapist in the university’s counseling center asked her to give a dean access to her records.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and collected resources online.
In early 2014, the University of California system announced a new policy against sexual harassment and violence that expanded training and education, increased reporting requirements, and provided broader protections for victims.
In September 2014, California’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed an "affirmative consent" law requiring colleges and universities that receive state funds to define consent in students’ sexual encounters in terms of "yes means yes" rather than the traditional "no means no." But in October 2015, the governor vetoed legislation that would have required colleges to adopt uniform sexual-assault policies requiring specific punishments.