Understanding the Process

UC Davis takes all complaints of harassment and discrimination very seriously. Your safety and well-being are among the University’s highest priorities, and you have the right to a learning or work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination.

This section is intended to explain the complaint resolution process from making a report to the different pathways for resolution. This section is updated as new revisions to the policy are issued. Following this page, there are two additional pages (After a Report is Submitted and Next Steps) that are designed to help you understand the life of a case. 

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 For the most updated policies, please see our Policies and Procedures section.


First Steps

  • Consultation and Reporting
  • HDAPP provides consultation services for anyone with questions and concerns about harassment and discrimination including sexual violence and sexual harassment We are happy to speak with you or someone you know, and can offer clarification, support and resources. You can contact us by phone or email.  You also use our various other options for making a report.  For more information on reporting options, please see our webpage on reporting options.  


    For Responsible Employees, HDAPP is the office to contact when you receive a information you are obligated to report.  We can work together to ensure support and services are made available to those who need them. We can also help you manage and address issues that arise when you are put on notice. Please note individuals who experienced concerns are not required to report their own experience(s). 
  • Understanding Retaliation
  • The University prohibits Retaliation against someone for reporting or participating in a process under this PolicyRetaliation is an adverse action against a person based on their report or other disclosure of alleged Prohibited Conduct to a University employee or their participation in the investigation, reporting, remedial, or disciplinary processes provided for in this Policy.

    An adverse action is conduct that would discourage a reasonable person from reporting Prohibited Conduct or participating in a process provided for in this Policy, such as threats, intimidation, harassment and coercion.

    Retaliation does not include good faith actions lawfully pursued in response to a report of Prohibited Conduct. 

    If you believe you are experiencing retaliation for your participation, please report it immediately to HDAPP.

To learn what to happens after you have taken the first steps, please go to After a Report is Submitted for information on next steps.