Students organized at the institution to demand additional staff members to respond to sexual assault.
Reports of sexual assault have gone up significantly since 2011, which administrators told the Santa Cruz Sentinel was a sign of a more supportive environment for victims.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, hired new victim advocates, and promoted a “Consent is Sexy” campaign.
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.
Notification letter to complainant regarding UC Santa Cruz.
This investigation is based on a complaint that the university failed to promptly and equitably respond to a report of sexual violence. The Office for Civil Rights said that the allegation stated in the complaint would be added to a previous investigation, listed below, that was opened in March 2015.
SANTA CRUZ -- Reports of sexual crimes at UC Santa Cruz have tripled since 2011 -- a sign that administrators say shows their efforts to increase awareness and make victims less wary about stepping forward are paying off.