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Getting Help through Campus Resources

The School of Biological Sciences believes in the safety and well-being of its community members - faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students - and upholds UC San Diego's Principles of Community.

Should any member of our community experience an issue that goes against these principles, they should feel comfortable seeking help and guidance in a confidential way. Please review and learn about the various avenues of support that exist across UC San Diego below, and feel free to share this information with any individuals who may be in need.

UC San Diego Principles of Community Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

Office of the Ombuds

The Office of the Ombuds provides a confidential, safe space for students, staff, and faculty to talk about concerns and problem-solve issues arising from interpersonal and group conflict.

If any individual has any questions or concerns about making a report, they can talk with the Ombuds Office confidentially about the situation and options. the Ombuds Office can provide them with additional information about policies and the processes that may be relevant in various situations. The Ombuds Office can also help someone develop a range of options – which offices you might contact to make a formal report, informal conversations one might be able to have, or other ways to have the issues of concern raised.

Retaliation is prohibited by University policy.

Specific conversations with the Ombuds Office are confidential and will not be disclosed without your permission. The only exception to the confidentiality provided by the Ombuds Office occurs if they perceive there is an imminent risk of serious harm, in which case they are permitted to disclose information if necessary.

Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination provides assistance to students, faculty and staff regarding reports of bias, harassment and discrimination. OPHD is the Title IX office at UC San Diego. Their mission is to educate the entire UC San Diego community about these issues and to assist with the prevention and resolution of these issues in a fair and responsible manner. In collaboration with other UC San Diego resources, OPHD promotes an environment in which all members of the UC San Diego community can work, learn and live in an atmosphere free from all forms of bias, harassment and discrimination.

As per the UC system's Nondiscrimination Policy Statement,

"The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy,¹ physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.² The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities."

Frequently Asked Questions

OPHD's website has a thorough FAQ website that helps explains common, and important, questions and concerns that any individual who is considering filling a report may have.

Reporting Bias and Discrimination

Reports of suspected bias can be made online or in person to OPHD. Reporting of incidents is encouraged since it allows the University to follow up, investigate facts and determine whether University policies have been violated.

Complaint Resolution

There are both formal (formal investigation) and informal (alternative resolution) procedures for resolving bias, discrimination or harassment complaints. OPHD has attempted to show how these options work in a flowchart format.

Please note: OPHD has procedures for resolving complaints depending on the circumstances, which may include: formal investigation, separation of the parties, academic or housing reassignments, and/or education programs for particular individuals. You may also receive advice or assistance without filing a complaint.

Complaint Resolution Flow Chart: Discrimination Diagrama de Flujo para Quejas de Discriminación

Office of Student Conduct

Non-Academic Misconduct Report Form

To submit a report of non-academic misconduct to UC San Diego's Office of Student Conduct, please fill out their Academic Integrity Violation and Non-Academic Misconduct Report Form. Please select Non-Academic under Violation Type and fill in the remainder of the form. Your report will be sent to the Office of Student Conduct for review once you select Submit.

Student Grievance Report Form

If you are a UC San Diego student and would like to report a Student Grievance involving a UC San Diego staff member, faculty, or campus office/ department, please complete and submit the Student Grievance Report Form. Your report will be sent to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination or the Registrar (as appropriate) for review.

Academic Integrity Violation

The Academic Integrity Office promotes and supports a culture of academic integrity in order to reinforce quality teaching and learning at UC San Diego.

If a student, staff, TA, or faculty member is aware of cheating (academic misconduct or integrity violations) at UCSD, it is their ethical obligation to speak out.

The Report Cheating page outlines the way that academic integrity violations can be reported.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

The Sexual Violence Prevention & Response site provides the university community with information about how to get and give help, how to report, your responsibilities as a member of the community, and steps UC San Diego is taking to address sexual violence on campus and at work.

Information about filing a report and the various reporting options are available to help an individual make the best decision for their situation.

A victim has the right to have a campus advocate present while making a complaint to campus administration. Contact the CARE Office to speak confidentially and anonymously with a campus advocate who can explain more about your options and rights.

Complaint Resolution

There are both formal (formal investigation) and informal (alternative resolution) procedures for resolving bias, discrimination or harassment complaints. OPHD has attempted to show how these options work in a flowchart format.

Complaint Resolution Flow Chart: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) promotes student mental health and well-being at an individual and organizational level through the services and programs that exist to support academic success, personal development and well-being, and relationship problems.

CAPS provides counseling, workshops, and community forums for UC San Diego students. They also provide outreach programs and consultation services to the campus community.

Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which helps campus faculty and staff, all Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars, UC San Diego emeriti and retirees resolve concerns affecting personal well-being and/or job performance. Support for campus leaders, managers and supervisors; connections to local resources; and collaboration with HR units and other campus partners are also services provided by a team of licensed, professional counselors.

International Students and Programs Office (ISPO)

The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) aims to enrich the academic, research, and intercultural experiences of international students, provide the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in advising and immigration services within a welcoming and supportive environment, and advance global education and engagement efforts, in partnership with campus departments and units, at UC San Diego.

International Faculty & Scholars Office (IFSO)

The International Faculty & Scholars Office (IFSO) provides a wide array of services to academic departments and the over 2,500 international professors, researchers, and visiting scholars coming to UC San Diego.

Services and programs include:

  • One-on-one advising for scholars on various status maintenance issues such as employment, international travel, dependents, extension of stay, as well as referrals for UC San Diego or community resources
  • Advising for departments on appropriate non-immigrant statuses for prospective international hires and visitors
  • Orientation programs for all incoming international scholars
  • Educational, cultural, and social programming for scholars and their family members to help adjust to living in the U.S.

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness (UCSD CFM) is a multi-faceted program of clinical care, education, research, and outreach intended to further the practice and integration of mindfulness and compassion into the lives of individuals throughout the healthcare and educational system including patients, students, teachers, and businesspeople.

The foundation and core of the Center for Mindfulness is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as it was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. Dr. Kabat-Zinn and his program were featured prominently in the award-winning PBS television series Healing and the Mind. The profound effects of this work have begun to be strongly supported by a large body of scientific research.

UCSD CFM offers a broad range of mindfulness-based programs and initiatives. Whether your interest in mindfulness is personal or professional, on behalf of a young family member or your workplace, or if you are just curious about what it is, you are invited to explore their online home. The center is housed within the UC San Diego Centers for Integrative Health and UC San Diego School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.

Have questions about or suggestions for this page? Please reach out to biowebgroup@ucsd.edu with your input.