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2015 Response to Students

All student feedback originates from a student demands document which can be found here. Please contact CARE at care@sa.ucsb.edu to update progress on any item.

Student Feedback

1. Immediate suspension for perpetrators found guilty. They should not be allowed to finish out the quarter or take finals.

2. Minimum suspension for sexual assault across the board. The minimum suspension for people found guilty should be 4 quarters unless otherwise requested by the survivors including a probationary period after the completion of the suspension.

3. Perpetrators must be immediate removed from housing. Additionally, they should not be allowed to be in spaces where the complainant will be present. Perpetrators found responsible by the University’s judicial process will be removed from housing. This will be reviewed with Housing staff and with counsel.

Campus Response Efforts 

Effective 1/1/2016, the University of California System adopted a new Sexual Violence Policy, as well as an investigation and adjudication model for student cases.  The investigation and adjudication model establishes criteria for disciplinary process and sanctions which included minimum sanctioning requirements. See Appendix B of the UCSB Local Procedures.

Learn more about the Sexual Violence Policy.
Learn more about UCSB Local procedures. 

4. Implement mandatory increased training on consent, unhealthy relationships etc. to be facilitated by trained and diverse staff. This would include training of student employee to promote change of rape culture.

All incoming undergraduate students receive mandatory education:

  • Orientation Programming (in person and online)
  • Gaucho Guide (material distribution)
  • Haven (online module)
  • Gaucho FYI  (in person)

All incoming graduate students receive mandatory education:

  • Graduate Division Orientation
  • CARE informational Flyer
  • Online Module Campus Clarity
  • Departmental TA trainings

All responsible employee staff are mandated to participate in online training modules every two years and additional in person trainings are offered by CARE and Title IX.

For more information visit “How We Educate”.

5. Creation of a Survivor Fund. Money should be set aside by the university to cover survivor expenses including travel, housing, medical, etc.

The UCSB Survivor Fund was created in 2014. It is currently advertised and actively being administered by CARE and the Division of Student Affairs. In 2018, the Senior class gift voted to further support with survivor fund with class gift contributions.

Donate here to the UCSB Survivor Fund.
Learn more about Fund.

6. Work with IVFP to increase female presence on the force and require training for officer in dealing with sexual violence/harassment.

UCPD has increased hiring of female officers who rotate through IVFP assignments to increase the presence of female officers in Isla Vista. 

7. Create a process of appeal for complainants in appealing sanctions and have an administrator walk the survivor through the process.

The adjudication model effective 1/1/16 affords both parties the right to contest the decisions and/or sanctions by submitting an appeal.

Survivors have the right to have an advisor and a support person throughout the duration of the process. CARE is always a resource to students as they navigate their options. 

For more information see page 13 of the UCSB local procedures.

8. The Office of Judicial Affairs (OJA) should be held accountable for past mishandling of cases.

Since 2015, OJA has undergone structural and organizational change.  OJA is committed to collecting student feedback regarding interfacing with their office.

9. Mandatory Sensitivities training for faculty/staff/administrators need to be implemented immediately.

Beginning 1/1/16, updates to Sexual Violence Policy expanded training requirements. Existing staff/faculty online training modules have been enhanced with the implementation of training titled “Think about It” for all staff that addresses policy definitions, best practice in response, and roles of responsible employees  CARE and Title IX Office continue to offer supplemental training in person for staff and faculty.

10. Publish a quarterly report on numbers of cases brought to the university, decision of responsibility and sanction.

A report was published in September 2016 and sent to the student body and the 2017 report is under development and will be released soon. UCSB will share data reports on an annual basis given the structure and time line of the process and to ensure protections in student privacy. CARE continues to report statistical information in the Student Affairs Annual Report and CARE Department Annual Report.

11. Increase Diversity of staff at CARE, OJA, CAPS, Title IX (race, class, gender, sexuality).

All UCSB departments value the importance of increasing the diversity of staff as an important goal. Units ensure that selection committees have student representation and that available positions are advertised to a diverse audience.

The offices listed all have successfully made progress toward the goal of increasing diversity among those units.

 

12. Request that an additional CARE Advocate be placed in Santa Catalina due to the high influx of students in that area.  This would be in addition to the CARE Advocate located in Isla Vista.

CARE has three advocates in the main office on campus in the Student Resource Building (SRB) and two in the Gaucho Support Center in Isla Vista. The possibility of a CARE Advocate in Santa Catalina is limited by the collaborative nature of advocacy work and the limitations that would exist if staff are isolated from colleagues.

13. Presence of police tent specifically for sexual assault at Halloween, Deltopia, and Extravaganza.

For many years, UCSB has created safe spaces in IV in partnership with Take Back the Night (TBTN). CARE has also maintained a presence at a safety tent during Extravaganza.  CARE has moved to a train the trainer safety model with increasing training efforts for Community Service Organization officers (CSOs) and “IV Safe” volunteers to offer increased competency in peer to peer training models while remaining available 24 hours-a-day via the CARE Advocacy phone line.