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.
In 2008, the university placed on leave the former director of its Campus Violence Prevention Program, Jennifer Beeman, who was later found to have exaggerated the number of reported sexual assaults on the campus (possibly so that the university would look more supportive to victims) and embezzled between $2,000 and $13,000.
The local police department has been involved in cases of alleged sexual assault of female students by men who may not be affiliated with the university.