About Equity & Equal Protection

The University of California Santa Cruz greatly values the diversity of our campus and benefits immensely from the talent and work of varied identities in our community.UCSC is committed to guaranteeing that all students, staff, and faculty have equal and equitable access to educational and employment opportunities.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action (EEO/AA), Whistleblower, and Title IX are the offices that make up The Equity & Equal Protection (EEP) Office, which is responsible for the administration of UCSC’s policies and procedures regarding discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, religion, disability, sex, gender, age and other protected identities.

Our work includes stewarding complaint processes for students, staff, and faculty who have experienced discrimination and ensuring that members of our community can engage in protected activity free from retaliation.

The EEP Office is responsible for the University’s compliance with state and federal laws relating to discrimination to ensure that no member of our community is denied participation in an academic program or employment based upon a protected identity or engaging in protected activity.

Visit this page to learn more about your rights as a UCSC student, staff, and faculty member and how the EEP can assist you. (Schedule a conversation with EEP staff by emailing equity@ucsc.edu to discuss your rights and options to address an infringement of those rights.) The EEP office seeks to provide UCSC community members a fair, respectful, speedy, and restorative process and outcome to seek recourse for issues relating to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation for protected activities.

The Equity and Equal Protections office often works in collaboration with the Conduct Office and Title IX Office where appropriate to resolve cases. We also connect UCSC community members with counseling, basic needs support, and other resources.