The safety of our campus community is of the utmost importance. This resource page is meant to provide information to the leaders of registered student organizations on how to address concerns of sexual violence within their organizations. Per the UC Davis policy, sexual violence is defined as sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. For more information on what conduct or behaviors constitute as sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, please visit http://sexualviolence.ucdavis.edu.

If a sexual assault occurred in the last 5 days, please contact the on-call CARE Advocate at ‪(866) 515-0155‬ for information about an evidentiary exam.

  1. Do not investigate any allegations of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking. It is not your responsibility to investigate allegations of sexual violence. By engaging in your own investigation, you may disrupt any future investigations conducted by law enforcement or Title IX. It is also very important to keep your own personal safety in mind. You can prioritize your safety by minimizing your involvement as these situations arise. Additionally, you should try and avoid saying anything that could be perceived as dissuading the victim from reporting tothe police or Title IX.
  2. Tell the survivor it is not their fault and that you believe them. Most often, survivors disclose their assault to a peer before anyone else. Since you are potentially one of the first people they have told, it is important to let them know that you support them.
  3. Practice active listening, rather than ask questions. Asking questions could sound like victim blaming. By listening, you are giving the survivor an opportunity to articulate the experience in their own words and allows for them to voice any of their personal needs.
  4. Familiarize yourself with campus resources. Refer respective parties to the appropriate resources. These resources are listed out in the sections below.
  5. Get support for yourself. These issues are very heavy and can have a large impact on those who offer support to victims. Utilize confidential on-campus resources to process any emotions you may have and try to engage in self-care activities

If a sexual assault occurred in the last 5 days, please contact the on-call CARE Advocate at ‪(866) 515-0155‬ for information about an evidentiary exam.

Advocacy and Crisis Intervention

UC Davis affiliates who have experienced sexual violence or sexual harassment have access to free confidential advocacy services through the UC Davis Center for Advocacy Resources and Education. CARE advocates provide support by letting survivors know their rights and options, as well as providing accompaniment throughout a reporting process. Other services include: assistance with safety planning, housing, academic/employment accommodations, protective orders, and resource referral. CARE can be contacted at 530-752-3299 or at ucdcare@ucdavis.edu.

Victims may also utilize Empower Yolo’s confidential crisis hotline that is accessible 24 hours a day at 530-662-1133.

Medical Attention

Medical attention, including STI testing and treatment, can be accessed through one’s primary care provider or the Student Health and Wellness Center. If pregnancy is a concern, emergency contraception can be purchased at the ARC vending machine, the Student Health and Wellness Center, or at your local pharmacy.

Reporting Options

Law Enforcement

Victims always have the option to file a report to law enforcement. Reports to law enforcement may initiate an investigation and move a case through the criminal justice process.

Title IX

If the person causing harm is also a UC Davis student, staff, or faculty, victims have the right to report to the UC Davis Title IX Office. Reporting to the Title IX Office may result in an investigation by Title IX investigators, who are UC Davis employees.

The aforementioned reporting options are two separate processes. Victims may choose to participate in one process, both processes, or neither process.

For more information about filing a report, please visit the UC Davis Sexual Violence Webpage or contact UC Davis CARE at 530-752-3299 / ucdcare@ucdavis.edu.

The CARE Office at UC Davis is confidential and does not serve as a reporting body. CARE advocates provide survivors with an overview of the different reporting options and can provide accompaniment for each step of a reporting process. Making an appointment with a CARE advocate does not automatically initiate a Title IX report.

Counseling and Therapy

UC Davis Counseling Services provides free individual counseling, group counseling, and psychiatry referrals to UC Davis Students. To schedule an appointment with Counseling Services, please contact ‪530-752-2349‬.

Advisors at the Center for Student Involvement and Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life are always an available resource for registered student organizations. However, please keep in mind these advisors are responsible employees. This means that if they receive any information of a student experiencing any form of sexual violence, they are obligated to report this information to the campus Title IX office. If you would like to speak with someone about a concern regarding sexual violence, you may contact one of the on-campus confidential resources listed below.

Confidential Resources

  • Center for Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) 530-752-3299: The University CARE advocates provides free, confidential crisis intervention, advocacy and accompaniment services to any survivor of sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking.  Services are available to any UC Davis student, staff or faculty.
  • Student Health and Counseling Services 530-752-2349: Counseling Services are a confidential resource. The advice nurse at the Student Health and Wellness Center is not a confidential resource.
  • Women’s Resources and Research Center 530-752-3372: The WRRC is a confidential unit which offers information, support and referrals on a wide range of topics, including sexual assault and dating violence. WRRC spaces, programs, and services are open to all.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center 530-752-2452: The LGBTQIA Resource Center provides an open, safe, inclusive space and community for all individuals. It offers confidential support and referral services to survivors of sexual assault.

Non-Confidential Resources

Respondent Services

UC Davis offers respondent services to those who are accused of committing sexual violence. The respondent services coordinators assist the respondent in understanding their rights through the campus adjudication process. They are not legal advisors. If you have any questions, please contact the respondent services coordinators for more information.

For Students: Kerry Burns (klburns@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-1128)
For Staff Members: Terri De La Mora (tadelamora@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-9279)
For Academic Appointees: Daniel Gray (dgray@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-2090)

For more information on resources, please visit http://sexualviolence.ucdavis.edu.

Officers of registered student organizations have many opportunities to create a safer environment for their fellow organization members.

    1. Write bylaws that prohibit behaviors consistent with promoting sexual violence.
      Officers may consider including bylaws that prevent members from engaging in behaviors that compromise the safety of other members. Student leaders could cite the UC Davis Principles of Community or the UC Davis Sexual Violence Policy. It may also be helpful to provide members with a list of expectations they are required to uphold. This gives the officers of the organization the ability to decide whether or not someone is maintaining those expectations.
    2. Be an Upstander.
      As a leader of an organization, officers can act as a role model for other members. Be an Upstander by speaking out against acts or speech that promote sexual violence and rape culture.
    3. Request sexual violence prevention education from CARE.

CARE provides workshops on sexual violence prevention education. Topics include: sexual assault, consent, dating/domestic violence, stalking, bystander intervention, etc. If you would like to request a program, please email CARE at ucdcare@ucdavis.edu.