Respondent Resources: Discrimination

UC Berkeley is committed to a fair and equitable investigation and adjudication process. 

If you have been named as someone who may have violated a campus policy or committed a crime, you may experience a range of emotions, and have questions about how the processes impact your life and future. At UC Berkeley, there are resources available to help you understand the University's investigation and adjudication process, know your rights and options, and provide counseling and general support.

Important note: Counseling and ombuds staff are confidential, except in certain cases involving an imminent risk of harm to yourself or other people, and in cases of abuse or neglect of a person of a protected class. Respondent Services staff are Responsible Employees, not confidential resources; however, they do uphold federal guidelines and University policy around privacy. You are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about confidentiality when you connect with the resource.

Respondents are free to seek out legal assistance or representation. 

Find Resources by Affiliation

At UC Berkeley, different resources can assist you based on your campus affiliation (whether you're a student, staff, or faculty). To find the right resources for you, please click below on the option that most closely represents your affiliation with campus. 

Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Student Resources

Non-confidential Resources

Respondent Services

Student Respondent Services, Center for Support and Intervention(link is external)(link is external) 

Respondent Services through the Center for Support and Intervention (CSI) provides resources, information, and referrals to students who have been charged with violating the Code of Student Conduct and face suspension or dismissal from the university. These charges can include discriminatory, sexual, behavioral, or academic misconduct. The goal of this service is to ensure that students who are engaged in the conduct process are informed of campus resources and receive assistance with the coordination of services and referrals.

Respondent Services offered by the Center for Support and Intervention do not participate directly in the university investigation and adjudication process. The Respondent Services Coordinator does not provide legal advice or advocacy on behalf of a respondent, and is not a confidential resource. The Respondent Services Coordinator provides help understanding and navigating the investigation/adjudication process and referrals to resources, in a nonjudgmental space. 

If you are a student who has been accused of sexual misconduct or you have been accused of violating the UC Policy on Discrimination you may contact the Center for Support and Intervention for Respondent Services assistance.

Email: csi@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) | Phone: 510-664-4218 | Website: sa.berkeley.edu/csi/respondent-services(link is external)(link is external)

*It is important to note that the staff providing respondent services are NOT confidential resources, they are Responsible Employees(link is external). You are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about confidentiality when you first contact a resource. 

If you have been accused of Discimination, a Respondent Services Coordinator can:

  • Help you understand your rights
  • Explain and help you navigate the investigation and adjudication processes, including formal hearings
  • Refer you to campus and community resources, such as for psychological counseling, legal services and other needs
  • Assist with securing an interpreter or translator, if needed

The Respondent Support Services coordinator is NOT:

  • A confidential resource
  • A provider of legal advice
  • An investigator or adjudicator in the Title IX process
  • An advocate on behalf of the Respondent

Other Non-confidential Resources 

Division of Equity & Inclusion(link is external) (Link is External)

Voice: 510) 642-7294 | Email: vcei@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) |Website: https://diversity.berkeley.edu/(link is external)

The Division of Equity & Inclusion provides leadership, accountability & inspiration to the UC Berkeley campus in integrating equity, inclusion, and diversity into all aspects of university life. Through programs and campus partnerships, the Division of Equity and Inclusion provides programs and services to all campus community members.

For information on Community Support, Spaces & Resources for Student, Staff, and Faculty visit the following link https://diversity.berkeley.edu/community-support-spaces-resources(link is external)

For information on Program and Services that Equity and Inclusion provides, visit the following link https://diversity.berkeley.edu/programs-services(link is external).

For information on Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement, visit the following link https://campusclimate.berkeley.edu/students/ejce(link is external)

 

Student Parents Resource Center (link is external)(link is external)

Website: https://studentparents.berkeley.edu/(link is external)

The core services of the Student Parent Center emerged as part of the Women's Resource Center in the mid 1980's. Visionary and advocate, Alice Jordan, spearheaded the development of supportive campus policies, programs and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Until her retirement in 2013, she devoted her entire career to advocacy for the educational and childcare needs of parents and the expansion of access to higher education as a route out of poverty for low-income families.

To this day, The Student Parent Center is unique in the UC system, and one of only a handful in the country.

 

Student Parents Resource Center FAQ page: https://studentparents.berkeley.edu/faq(link is external)

Student Parents Resource Center New and Expecting Parents page: https://studentparents.berkeley.edu/new-and-expecting-parents(link is external)

Student Parents Resource Center Newly Admited Students page: https://studentparents.berkeley.edu/newadmits(link is external)

 

Cal Veteran Resource Center(link is external) (link is external)

Website: http://veteran.berkeley.edu/services-and-events(link is external)

The Cal Veteran Services Center at UC Berkeley expands access and empowers veteran and active duty service member engagement within this public research university.  We increase student veteran enrollment, support academic and co-curricular experiences, and facilitate preparation for goals beyond graduation.  Our work engages individuals and the broader community to facilitate a transformational higher education experience for veterans.

Cal Veteran Resource Center Programs and Service page http://veteran.berkeley.edu/services-and-events(link is external)

Information about UC Berkeley's investigation and adjudication process

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)  is responsible for institutional compliance with University policies prohibiting discrimination, which includes discrimination complaints and concerns from students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) |Phone: 510-643-7985 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) | Website: ophd.berkeley.edu(link is external)


Assistance with Immigration and Legal Status

Berkeley International Office(link is external)(link is external) (BIO) (Responsible Employees)

Phone: 510-642-2818  | Website: internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/home

Confidential Resources

Counseling services for students

If you have been named as someone who may have violated a campus policy or possibly committed a crime, you may be participating in a variety of accountability processes, and may experience a range of emotions and questions about your life and your future.  During this time, counselors at University Health Services are available to offer you a confidential and non-judgmental space to explore your actions and their impact, experience your emotions, cope with stress, and receive psycho-education and support as you move through this challenging period.

This process can be long and you may feel uncertainty at various times. The counseling services on this page can help you identify places to start, answer your questions, and support you.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at University Health Services (UHS) Tang Center(link is external) (Confidential)(link is external)

Phone: (510) 642-9494 | Website: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/caps(link is external)

CAPS offers short term counseling for academic, career, and personal issues and also offers psychiatry services for circumstances when medication can help with counseling. There is no charge to get started, and all registered students can access services regardless of their insurance plan. For after-hours emergency consultation with a counselor or crisis resource referrals, students may call 855-817-5667.

Social Services and Counseling & Psychological Services are located at the Tang Center, 2222 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Please be aware that although counseling sessions are confidential, records may be subpoenaed in the event of a court case.

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Appointees: uhs.berkeley.edu/insurance/information-visiting-scholars-postdocs(link is external)(link is external)

Counseling & Psychological Services at UHS/Tang offers a broad range of services

Transgender/Gender Identity Counseling: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/trans(link is external)(link is external)

Pregnancy Medical Resources: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/medical/primary-care/gynecology-services/pregnancy-options(link is external)(link is external)

Other resources under social services: https://uhs.berkeley.edu/socialservices(link is external)


Additional campus resources for undergraduate student respondents

Student Legal Services(link is external) (Confidential Resource) 

(link is external)(link is external)Student Legal Services advises currently registered UC Berkeley students regarding their legal questions, rights, and obligations. Please review the information and materials on Attorney for Students page before making an appointment - they may answer your questions.

Phone: 510-664-7487 | Website: sa.berkeley.edu/legal(link is external)(link is external)


Student Advocate's Office(link is external)(link is external) (Confidential Resource)(link is external)(link is external)

(link is external)(link is external)Berkeley’s student government (ASUC) offers the Student Advocate’s Office which has a staff of student volunteers committed to providing support and advocacy to students involved in alleged violations of misconduct or academic dishonesty. Student Advocate's Office staff are not Responsible Employees, however they do not have evidentiary privilege, and therefore may be compelled to reveal information by a court of law.

Phone: 510-642-6912 | Email: help@berkeleysao.org(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) | Website: advocate.berkeley.edu(link is external)(link is external)


Ombuds Office for Students & Postdoctoral Appointees(link is external)(link is external) (Confidential Resource)

Phone: 510-642-5754 | Website: sa.berkeley.edu/ombuds(link is external)(link is external)

The Ombuds Office is a confidential space where survivors can get help navigating informal and formal options and receive referrals to campus resources. The ombuds provides clarification on policy and procedures, assistance with academic accommodations, mediation and coaching on difficult situations. Visitors are empowered with information to make choices that best fit their needs.

Staff Resources

Non-confidential Resources

Information about UC Berkeley's investigation and adjudication process

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is responsible for institutional compliance with University policies prohibiting discrimination, including discrimination complaints and concerns from students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) | Phone: 510-643-7985 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) | Website: ophd.berkeley.edu(link is external)


Other Non-confidential Resources 

Division of Equity & Inclusion(link is external) (Link is External)

Voice: 510) 642-7294 | Email: vcei@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) |Website: https://diversity.berkeley.edu/(link is external)

The Division of Equity & Inclusion provides leadership, accountability & inspiration to the UC Berkeley campus in integrating equity, inclusion, and diversity into all aspects of university life. Through programs and campus partnerships, the Division of Equity and Inclusion provides programs and services to all campus community members.

For information on Community Support, Spaces & Resources for Student, Staff, and Faculty visit the following link https://diversity.berkeley.edu/community-support-spaces-resources(link is external)

For information on Program and Services that Equity and Inclusion provides, visit the following link https://diversity.berkeley.edu/programs-services(link is external).

For information on Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement, visit the following link https://campusclimate.berkeley.edu/students/ejce(link is external)

Staff Affirmative Action Plan (Link is External)(link is external)

Website: https://hr.berkeley.edu/policies/affirmative-action-eeo/plan-placement(link is external)

Assistance with Immigration and Legal Status

Berkeley International Office (BIO)(link is external)(link is external) (Responsible Employees)

Phone: 510-642-2818  | Website: internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/home

Confidential Resources

Counseling Services for Staff

If you have been named as someone who may have violated a campus policy or possibly committed a crime, you may be participating in a variety of accountability processes, and may experience a range of emotions and questions about your life and your future.  During this time, counselors at University Health Services Be Well at Work/Employee Assistance Program are available to offer you a confidential and non-judgmental space to explore your actions and their impact, experience your emotions, and receive psycho-education and support as you move through this challenging period.

This process can be long and you may feel uncertainty at various times. The counseling services on this page can help you identify places to start, answer your questions, and support you.

Be Well at Work/ Employee Assistance Program(link is external)(link is external)(link is external) (Confidential Resource)

University Health Services, Tang Center

2222 Bancroft Way, Suite 3100 | 510-643-7754

Website: uhs.berkeley.edu/bewellatwork/employee-assistance(link is external)(link is external)

Provides free, confidential assessment, referral, and consultation services for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdoctoral appointees. 

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Appointees: uhs.berkeley.edu/insurance/information-visiting-scholars-postdocs(link is external)(link is external)


Ombuds Services

Staff Ombuds Office(link is external)(link is external) (Confidential Resource)

The Staff Ombuds Office is an independent department that provides strictly confidential, impartial and informal conflict resolution and problem-solving services for all staff, non-senate academics, and faculty who perform management functions. The Staff Ombuds Office provides a safe place for individuals to voice and clarify concerns, understand conflict situations, and think through how they want to proceed at their own pace.  As an informal resource, the Staff Ombuds Office can clarify or explain University processes, but they do not participate in formal hearings or investigations nor do they have authority to render decisions. The Staff Ombuds Office also serves as a resource for members of the campus community who have concerns about the institution’s methods of prevention and response to sexual misconduct to talk confidentially about their experiences and ideas for improvement.

Phone: (510) 642-7823 to schedule an appointment | Website: staffombuds.berkeley.edu/home

Faculty and Other Academic Appointees Resources

Non-confidential Resources

Information about UC Berkeley's investigation and adjudication process

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is responsible for institutional compliance with University policies prohibiting discrimination, including  discrimination complaints and concerns from students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail) | Phone: 510-643-7985 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) | Website: ophd.berkeley.edu(link is external)


Other Non-confidential Resources 

Division of Equity & Inclusion(link is external) (Link is External)

Voice: 510) 642-7294 | Email: vcei@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) |Website: https://diversity.berkeley.edu/(link is external)

The Division of Equity & Inclusion provides leadership, accountability & inspiration to the UC Berkeley campus in integrating equity, inclusion, and diversity into all aspects of university life. Through programs and campus partnerships, the Division of Equity and Inclusion provides programs and services to all campus community members.

For information on Community Support, Spaces & Resources for Student, Staff, and Faculty visit the following link https://diversity.berkeley.edu/community-support-spaces-resources(link is external)

For information on Program and Services that Equity and Inclusion provides, visit the following link https://diversity.berkeley.edu/programs-services(link is external).

For information on Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement, visit the following link https://campusclimate.berkeley.edu/students/ejce(link is external)

Faculty Affirmative Action Plan (Link is External)(link is external)

Website: https://ofew.berkeley.edu/academic-affirmative-action-plan(link is external)

Senate Faculty Ombudspersons (OMB)(link is external)(link is external) 

The Senate Faculty Ombudspersons (OMB) are faculty who function as an “organizational ombuds,” providing peer advice on conflicts and disputes in a private and informal manner. 

Website: academic-senate.berkeley.edu/committees/omb/faculty-ombudsperson(link is external)(link is external)


Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare(link is external)(link is external) 

The Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare can provide consulations, and welcomes conversations with:

  • Assistant professors about the tenure process
  • Faculty about equity and welfare
  • Search committees about process
  • Chairs/deans about challenging situations
  • Academic personnel staff about policies

Website: ofew.berkeley.edu/consultation(link is external)(link is external)


Assistance with Immigration and Legal Status

Berkeley International Office (BIO) (link is external)(link is external)(Responsible Employees)

Phone: 510-642-2818  | Website: internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/home

Confidential Resources

Counseling Services for Academic Personnel

If you have been named as someone who may have violated a campus policy or possibly committed a crime, you may be participating in a variety of accountability processes, and may experience a range of emotions and questions about your life and your future.  During this time, counselors at University Health Services Be Well at Work/Employee Assistance Program are available to offer you a confidential and non-judgmental space to explore your actions and their impact, experience your emotions, and receive psycho-education and support as you move through this challenging period.

This process can be long and you may feel uncertainty at various times. The counseling services on this page can help you identify places to start, answer your questions, and support you.

Be Well at Work Employee Assistance(link is external)(link is external) (Confidential Resource)

University Health Services, Tang Center

2222 Bancroft Way, Suite 3100 | 510-643-7754

Website: uhs.berkeley.edu/bewellatwork/employee-assistance(link is external)(link is external)

Provides free, confidential assessment, referral, and consultation services for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdoctoral appointees. 

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Appointees: uhs.berkeley.edu/insurance/information-visiting-scholars-postdocs(link is external)(link is external)


Ombuds Services

Staff Ombuds Office(link is external)(link is external) (Confidential Resource)

Phone: (510) 642-7823 to schedule an appointment | Website: staffombuds.berkeley.edu/home(link is external)(link is external)

The Staff Ombuds Office is an independent department that provides strictly confidential, impartial and informal conflict resolution and problem-solving services for all staff, non-senate academics, and faculty who perform management functions. Staff Ombuds Office serves Faculty who are in conflict with a staff member or supervise staff. The Staff Ombuds Office provides a safe place for individuals to voice and clarify concerns, understand conflict situations, and think through how they want to proceed at their own pace. As an informal resource, the Staff Ombuds Office can clarify or explain University processes, but it does not participate in formal hearings or investigations nor does the Office have authority to render decisions. The Staff Ombuds Office also serve as a resource for members of the campus community who have concerns about the institution’s methods of prevention and response to sexual misconduct to talk confidentially about their experiences and ideas for improvement


Ombuds Office for Students & Postdoctoral Appointees(link is external)(link is external) (Confidential)

Phone: 510-642-5754 | Website: sa.berkeley.edu/ombuds(link is external)(link is external)

The Ombuds Office is a confidential space where students and postdoctoral appointees can get help navigating informal and formal options and receive referrals to campus resources. The ombuds provides clarification on policy and procedures, assistance with academic accommodations, mediation and coaching on difficult situations. Visitors are empowered with information to make choices that best fit their needs.