Discrimination is the unfair or unequal treatment of an individual or group of people based upon legally protected characteristics or catagories.  The University’s nondiscrimination policies cover student admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. They also cover faculty (Senate and non-Senate) and staff in their employment, including during the recruitment and hiring process.

UC Davis Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services (includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services) status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, and with University policy.  As required by Title IX, the University of California, Davis, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, admissions, employment, or other activities.

Inquiries related to Title IX and to Section 34 CFR § 106.9 may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator:

Wendi Delmendo

Mrak Hall, Fourth Floor

One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616



Inquiries may also be directed to the:

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education

San Francisco Office

U.S. Department of Education

50 Beale Street, Suite 7200

San Francisco, CA 94105-1813



What are legally protected characteristics or categories?

The following characteristics and categories are protected by law, i.e. discrimination on the basis of these characteristics is illegal: age (over 40), ancestry, color, disability (physical or mental), gender/gender-identity, marital status, medical condition/genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status.

What does discrimination look like?

The following examples of discrimination would likely violate UC Davis policy:

  • Giving students unequal access to University programs based on their race (or other protected category).
  • Excluding a student from joining a University organization based on the student’s sexual orientation or national origin (or other protected category).
  • Denying an employment application because of that person’s age or religion (or other protected category).
  • Charging women more money than men to join the recreation center.
  • Failing to make reasonable accommodations for a student or employee with a disability.
Relevant policies
What can I do about it?

If you feel that you may be experiencing harassment or discrimination:

  • Don't blame yourself. You have not asked for this unwelcome behavior.
  • Get personal support. Don't let feelings of self-doubt or confusion stop you from seeking help or speaking out. Consider talking to any of the resources listed on this site.
  • Act quickly. The behavior will not go away. Often the behavior escalates rather than diminishes. Also, some options for remedy expire after 30 days.
  • Keep a record. Note dates, places, times and witnesses, as well as the nature of the unwanted conduct.
  • Learn your rights and resources. Call any of the resources listed on this site for assistance.
How can HDAPP help?


HDAPP works to prevent discrimination through education. We know that the best tool for addressing discrimination is preventing it from happening in the first place, and education is a key to prevention. HDAPP provides workshops on a regular basis for staff and faculty through Staff Development & Professional Services (SDPS). Additionally, HDAPP is available upon request to provide programs tailored to the specific needs of any student, staff or faculty group. We are also happy to work with our campus partners such as the Diversity Education Program and the Student Life Centers to provide programming that addresses broader issues of implicit bias, campus climate, and more. 

HDAPP also offers print and electronic materials.  You can see an example here.  If you would like to obtain multiple copies to distribute in your department or group, please contact us for information on ordering.  


HDAPP is available to receive complaints of discrimination from anyone affiliated with UC Davis. If you believe that you or someone you know may be experiencing discrimination or if you have questions or want to consult, please contact us. We’ll be happy to speak with you about your concerns and offer clarification, support and resources.  We believe strongly in helping people make their own informed decisions about whether, where and how to report situations of concern.

 If you would like to make a report of discrimination, we can take such reports over the phone or by scheduling an in-person meeting. We discuss all new reports with other members of the Discrimination Case Management Team, and that group helps decide whether a case should be addressed through Early Resolution or Formal Investigation. 

Early Resolution

Most situations are resolved this way. Early Resolution can take many forms, including: 

  • Helping you communicate directly with the other person.
  • Arranging for a UCD official to talk with the other person (a “no-fault” or “notice” conversation.)
  • Helping you and the other person agree to certain changes in how you interact.
  • Separating you and the other person.
  • Negotiating a disciplinary agreement with the other person.
  • Conducting training on discrimination for an individual, department or group.
  • Using Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) or the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) for emotional support.
  • Other strategies you and the University agree to try.


Formal Investigation

 Most complaints are resolved through Early Resolution, but some cases may need to be investigated before they can be resolved. A case is usually referred for investigation when the alleged behavior is serious and there is a significant difference between your account of the situation and the other person’s account; or when the allegations include behavior which, if true, would constitute a violation of University policy and would warrant some type of disciplinary action. 

If the University decides a formal investigation is necessary, the Chief Compliance Officer appoints an official investigator. You and the accused will be notified of the investigation. The investigator will conduct separate interviews with you, the accused and other potential witnesses. The investigator may recommend that certain steps (interim protections) be taken to protect you or witnesses at any time during the investigation. The investigator will prepare and submit a report addressing whether or not University policy was violated. If there is a finding of a policy violation, the University will consider disciplinary action against the accused and/or other remedies that may be appropriate. 

HDAPP also offers an anonymous call line at (530) 747-3865. Any member of the UC Davis community can call this number anonymously to share concerns about discrimination at UC Davis and to discuss resources and options.  As long as you don’t provide any identifying information about the person who may be engaging in discrimination, your conversation with HDAPP can be completely confidential.   Please note: Under UCD policy, Designated Officials (supervisors, managers and faculty) cannot guarantee confidentiality if they are aware of the parties involved.