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The University of California
It Must Take Additional Steps to Address Long‑Standing Issues With Its Response to Sexual Harassment Complaints

Report Number: 2017-125

Responses to the Audit

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The Regents of the University of California

May 31, 2018

Ms. Elaine M. Howle
California State Auditor
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, California 95814

State Auditor Howle:

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the recommendation made to the Board of Regents in the draft audit report on the University of California's response to sexual harassment and sexual violence complaints.

We agree with the recommendation and will ensure that the Academic Senate further define its bylaws with written requirements for the Privilege and Tenure Committee to specify exact time frames for completing the phases of the disciplinary process by July 2019.


George Kieffer
Chair, UC Board of Regents

Charlene Zettel
Chair, Compliance and Audit Committee

University of California Office of the President

May 31, 2018

Dear State Auditor Howle:

I write regarding your draft audit report on the University of California’s response to sexual harassment and sexual violence (SVSH) complaints. UC shares your commitment to combatting and preventing SVSH, as demonstrated by the many proactive changes and improvements we have made throughout our University system since I arrived in 2013.

UC accepts all of the recommendations made to the University of California Office of the President and is committed to implementing them, as they further reinforce and improve our Title IX policies and procedures. I am pleased that the audit found no instances of punitive settlement agreements, and that settlement agreements are reasonable and not intended to restrict the opportunities of students who bring legal challenges against the University. I understand it was these concerns that gave rise to the legislative request for the audit, and I am gratified CSA’s conclusions underscore our strong commitment to protecting our community from retaliation.

I would like to highlight some crucial context for the audit report:

UC understands the need for a strong stance against sexual violence and sexual harassment, meaningful efforts at prevention, and fair and timely processes for addressing complaints. To that end, the University has made great, proactive strides in improving its response to SVSH issues. We appreciate the time CSA has taken to identify ways for us to build upon our momentum and progress. We will continue to uphold our commitment to ensure a safe and secure environment for all members of the UC community.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano

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