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Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office

TITLE IX OFFICE CLOSURE: In accordance with UC Santa Barbara's COVID-19 response, the Title IX & Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance Office will be physically closed until further notice. Staff will continue to conduct business remotely and can be reached via email.

The mission of the TIX/SHPC is to ensure all UCSB community members fulfill the campus’ commitment to create and maintain a work and academic environment free of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Latest News

  • Title IX lawsuits have skyrocketed in recent years, analysis shows

    For the last several years, backlash has intensified over guidance the Obama-era Education Department released in 2011 dictating how colleges and universities should adjudicate sexual assault and harassment cases. Critics of the rules claimed they were too slanted against students accused of sexual violence, depriving them of constitutional due process rights. They also argued administrators were pressured to find accused students responsible for sexual misconduct under the threat that not acting to mitigate sexual violence would lead to the federal government pulling institutions' funding.

  • Bernice Sandler, ‘Godmother of Title IX,’ Dies at 90

    When Bernice Sandler was a schoolgirl in the 1930s and ’40s, she was annoyed that she was not allowed to do things that boys could do, like be a crossing guard, fill the inkwells or operate the slide projector...Dr. Sandler, who died on Saturday at 90, was known as “the godmother of Title IX.” She was central to its development, passage and implementation.

  • New U.S. Sexual Misconduct Rules Bolster Rights of Accused and Protect Colleges

    WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct that would bolster the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, reduce liability for institutions of higher education and encourage schools to provide more support for victims.

  • Judges changing the way universities handle sexual assault investigations

    A series of federal cases in the Midwest is likely to shift the way universities investigate sexual assault claims on their campuses.

  • Michigan State Just Agreed to Pay $500 Million to Settle Sexual-Abuse Claims. Where Will It Find the Money?

    Michigan State University announced on Wednesday that it had reached a settlement agreement with 332 women and girls who were assaulted by Larry Nassar, a former university physician. The terms call for $425 million to be paid to current claimants, with an additional $75 million to be set aside in a trust to pay for future claims. It awaits final approval from the parties involved.

  • Inside Sexual Harassment's Hidden Toll on Equal Pay

    For Christa Hayburn, sexual harassment was part of the daily routine as a Philadelphia police officer. From comments about how she looked in uniform from her coworkers to questions about her relationship status, Hayburn said she tried to minimize the uncomfortable day-to-day interactions and instead focus on the career she was passionate about. It wasn’t until her commanding officer sexually assaulted her that everything changed.

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