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Proposed Presidential Policy on Anti-Discrimination

The UC Office of the President invites comments on a proposed Presidential Policy on Anti-Discrimination. The proposed policy covers discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by and against members of the University community on University property or in connection with University-sponsored activities.

The proposed policy includes the following key provisions:

Affirms UC’s commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.


Defines harassment and discrimination, and lists the categories covered by federal and state law.


Prohibits retaliation against someone who reports discrimination and/or harassment, assists someone with a report, or participates in an investigation or other process under the policy.


Addresses free speech and academic freedom.


Is intended to protect members of the University community from discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, and not to regulate protected speech.


Recognizes that freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and academic freedom are essential to the mission of the University. However, freedom of speech and academic freedom are not limitless and do not protect speech or expressive conduct that violates federal or state anti-discrimination laws.


Outlines the possible consequences of noncompliance, which may include remediation, educational efforts, informal counseling, adverse performance evaluations, corrective action/discipline, and termination/dismissal.

The draft policy is available for review on UCnet (PDF). Feedback regarding the policy may be submitted as follows:

Academic appointees may send comments to Michael Simidjian at


Campus staff may send comments to Kathleen Shiroma at


Health system employees may send comments to Jane Miller at

Please submit any feedback no later than March 31, 2023.