This page contains the University of California Hastings College of the Law’s Statement of Nondiscrimination and its procedures for reporting harassment and other forms of discrimination.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
The University of California Hastings College of the Law prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, sex- or gender-stereotyping, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (e.g., cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans. This policy is intended to be consistent with applicable state and federal laws and the law school’s policies.
Every person at UC Hastings has the right to pursue an academic or professional career in an atmosphere that is safe and free from prohibited acts of discrimination, harassment, or violence, including sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate-partner violence, stalking, sexual coercion, or other forms of sexual violence. Bigotry, harassment, or intimidation is particularly insidious when directed at a member or group of the Hastings community on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, sex- or gender-stereotyping, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (e.g., cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans, or any combination of these or related factors; and, to the degree it constitutes prohibited bias activity, such conduct will also not be tolerated. UC Hastings complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as applicable state and local laws. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions to, access to and treatment in Hastings-sponsored programs and activities.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Reporting
Any member of the UC Hastings College of the Law community who believes he or she has been subjected to prohibited conduct in violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy (“Prohibited Conduct” and “SMP” or “Policy”) is encouraged to report such a concern to Title IX Coordinator Andrea Bing or to the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (contact information below). Additionally, any person with knowledge of Prohibited Conduct is encouraged to report the concern to the Title IX Coordinator.
Except for UC Hastings-recognized confidential resources, the following UC Hastings members with knowledge of unreported Prohibited Conduct (or potentially Prohibited Conduct) must report such allegations to the Title IX Coordinator: (a) faculty and teaching staff, including adjunct faculty, lecturers in law, and visiting faculty, and (b) all other Hastings employees.
A report of Prohibited Conduct need not be in writing.
In order to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“DOE”) newly issued regulations for how colleges manage Title IX cases, UC Hastings has adopted an interim Sexual Misconduct Policy (“SMP”) which covers the new Title IX requirements for adjudicating cases of prohibited sexual conduct. The regulations require that the changes be implemented by August 14, 2020. Many of the changes narrow the definitions and jurisdiction of Title IX, while requiring sweeping changes to the complaint and adjudication process and how it must be structured.
- Reporting of Misconduct: Any member of the community, guest or visitor who believes that the Sexual Misconduct Policy has been violated should contact the Title IX Coordinator. In the event that an incident involves alleged misconduct by the Title IX Coordinator, reports should be made directly to the Chancellor & Dean.
- Supportive Measures: Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive services provided to a complainant or respondent before or after the filing of a complaint or where no complaint has been filed. They are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the College’s education programs and activities without unreasonably burdening the other party.
- Resolution Processes:
- Facilitated Resolution: A complainant who does not wish to file a complaint may request a facilitated resolution. Facilitated resolution is a voluntary, remedies-based resolution process that balances support and accountability without formal disciplinary action.
- Complaint-Based Process: A complainant may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator, which will trigger an investigation by the College and, possibly, a hearing and determination of responsibility against the respondent with appropriate sanctions.
- Complaint: A written statement submitted by an individual in order to initiate the College’s grievance process alleging that another individual or individuals engaged in sexual misconduct against them. A complaint is not required in order for an individual to request and receive supportive measures related to an allegation of sexual misconduct.
- Alternative Resolution: Alternative Resolution can be pursued for any behavior that falls within the policy on Sexual Misconduct at any time during the process after a complaint has been filed.
- Hearing-Based Resolution: Resolution of contested allegations.
Employees may bring complaints regarding sexual harassment and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by federal state or local law or ordinance or regulation under the following policy: Personnel Non-Harassment Policy. Employees may also bring complaints under the Gender-Based Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Any member of the UC Hastings College of the Law community who believes he or she has been subjected to unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability is encouraged to report such a concern to the ADA-Section 504 Coordinator, Andrea Bing, or to the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Andrea Bing is responsible for coordinating UC Hastings’ compliance with these disability rights laws. Questions or concerns related the rights of persons with disabilities may also be directed to her.
Additionally, any student who believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of disability may file a grievance under the Students with Disabilities policy.