You are not alone. Help is available.
PATH to Care Center
The PATH to Care Center provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Advocates bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources. You can reach the PATH to Care Center at (510) 642-1988.
UC Systemwide Policies
Filing a Report with the University
Cases involving a report of sexual assault, sexual harassment and/or gender discrimination are first assessed and explored for possible policy violations by the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD).
Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)
At the conclusion of an OPHD inquiry involving student behavior, the Center for Student Conduct (CSC) determines if/what charges should be brought.
Center for Student Conduct (CSC)
Students may pursue charges for a policy violation through the campus conduct process - this process is separate from legal proceedings (though it may occur simultaneously with legal proceedings), and is based on allegations about behavior that violates UC Berkeley policy. The university assesses the allegations and may deliver sanctions, depending on the outcome of a possible investigation.
Reporting to the Police
The police can provide emergency assistance and crisis intervention for survivors of violence; they can also help pursue criminal prosecution and sentencing for perpetrator(s). Talking to the police does not mean you are committed to filing charges. If you think that you may be interested in filing charges after a violent incident, it may be helpful to write down every detail you can remember, as soon as possible, so you can communicate the details to the police. In addition, a forensic exam conducted soon after an assault may yield valuable evidence - contacting the police is one way to access an exam. Criminal charges may be pursued concurrently with other reporting options (e.g., the Student Conduct processes described above).
If the incident occurred on campus (or on university property), survivors can contact University Police (UCPD) to report, and UCPD will investigate. If the incident(s) occurred locally, but off campus, the Berkeley Police Department will conduct the investigation.
University Police - For emergencies, please dial 911
Berkeley Police Department - For emergencies, please dial 911
Responsible employees are individuals who must report incidents of sexual violence and/or harassment to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD). If you confide in a responsible employee they must notify OPHD and may reveal details about you and/or the perpetrator. Many university officials are considered responsible employees including academic advisors, administrators, athletic coaches, GSIs, professors, resident advisors, supervisors/managers, and more. If you are concerned about maintaining confidentiality, please use confidential resources such as:
*Note: Ombuds Offices do not offer legal advice or mental health counseling. They do not have any formal authority to render decisions about issues brought to the office and do not participate in formal hearings or other formal processes.
University Health Services offers students after-hours emergency consultation with a counselor
and crisis resource referrals by calling (855) 817-5667.