Resources for Respondents

UC Berkeley is committed to a fair and equitable investigation and adjudication process. 

If you have been named as someone who may have violated a campus policy or committed a crime, you may experience a range of emotions, and have questions about how the processes impact your life and future. At UC Berkeley, there are resources available to help you understand the University's investigation and adjudication process, know your rights and options, and provide counseling and general support.

Respondent Services coordinators are available for students, staff, and faculty (find contact information below). Respondent Services coordinators provide resources, information, and referrals.

Note: Counseling and ombuds staff are confidential, except in certain cases involving an imminent risk of harm to yourself or other people, and in cases of abuse or neglect of elders, dependent adults, or children. Respondent Services staff are Responsible Employees, not confidential resources; however, they do uphold federal guidelines and University policy around privacy. You are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about confidentiality when you connect with the resource.

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The role of the SVSH Respondent Support Services coordinator:

If you have been accused of Prohibited Conduct (as defined by the UC SVSH Policy, a Respondent Services Coordinator can:

  • Help you understand your rights
  • Explain and help you navigate the investigation and adjudication processes, including formal hearings
  • Refer you to campus and community resources, such as for psychological counseling, legal services and other needs
  • Assist with securing an interpreter or translator, if needed

The SVSH Respondent Support Services coordinator is NOT:

  • An advocate on behalf of the Respondent
  • A confidential resource
  • A provider of legal advice
  • An investigator or adjudicator in the Title IX process

Find Resources by Affiliation

At UC Berkeley, different resources can assist you based on your campus affiliation (whether you're a student, staff, or faculty). To find the right resources for you, please click below on the option that most closely represents your affiliation with campus. 

Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Student Resources

Respondent Services and Other Non-confidential Resources

Respondent Services

Student Respondent Services, Center for Support and Intervention (Responsible Employees)

Respondent Services through the Center for Support and Intervention (CSI) provides resources, information, and referrals to students who have been charged with violating the Code of Student Conduct and face suspension or dismissal from the university. These charges can include sexual, behavioral, or academic misconduct. The goal of this service is to ensure that students who are engaged in the conduct process are informed of campus resources and receive assistance with the coordination of services and referrals.

Respondent Services offered by the Center for Support and Intervention do not participate directly in the SVSH university investigation and adjudication process. The Respondent Services Coordinator does not provide legal advice or advocacy on behalf of a respondent, and is not a confidential resource. The Respondent Services Coordinator provides help understanding and navigating the investigation/adjudication process and referrals to resources, in a nonjudgmental space. 

If you are a student who has been accused of sexual misconduct or you have been accused of violating the UC Policy on SVSH, you may contact the Center for Support and Intervention for Respondent Services assistance.

Email: csi@berkeley.edu | Phone: 510-664-4218 | Website

*It is important to note that the staff providing respondent services are NOT confidential resources, they are Responsible Employees. You are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about confidentiality when you first contact a resource. 

Information about UC Berkeley's investigation and adjudication process

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)/ Campus Title IX Office (Reporting Resource)

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is the campus Title IX office. OPHD is responsible for institutional compliance with University policies prohibiting discrimination, including the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH), which includes responding to SVSH and other discrimination complaints and concerns from students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu |Phone: 510-643-7985 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) | Website: ophd.berkeley.edu


Assistance with Immigration and Legal Status

Berkeley International Office (BIO) (Responsible Employees)

Phone: 510-642-2818  | Website: internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/home

Confidential Resources

Counseling services for students

If you have been named as someone who may have violated a campus policy or possibly committed a crime, you may be participating in a variety of accountability processes, and may experience a range of emotions and questions about your life and your future.  During this time, counselors at University Health Services are available to offer you a confidential and non-judgmental space to explore your actions and their impact, experience your emotions, cope with stress, and receive psycho-education and support as you move through this challenging period.

This process can be long and you may feel uncertainty at various times. The counseling services on this page can help you identify places to start, answer your questions, and support you.


Social Services at UHS Tang Center (Confidential Resource)

Social Services at UHS/ Tang Center has social workers who specialize in all areas of sexual and gender violence and harassment, including counseling for anyone who is concerned about causing harm. Social Services provides confidential individual counseling, consultation, and referrals. There is no fee for counseling services.

Phone: 510-642-6074 | Website: uhs.berkeley.edu/social-services

For after-hours emergency consultation with a counselor or crisis resource referrals, students may call 855-817-5667.


UHS Counseling & Psychological Services (Confidential Resource)

Counseling & Psychological Services at UHS/Tang offers a broad range of counseling services

Phone: 510-642-9494 or walk into the Tang Center, 3rd floor | Website: uhs.berkeley.edu/caps

Social Services and Counseling & Psychological Services are located at the Tang Center, 2222 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Please be aware that although counseling sessions are confidential, records may be subpoenaed in the event of a court case.

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Appointees: uhs.berkeley.edu/insurance/information-visiting-scholars-postdocs


Additional campus resources for undergraduate student respondents

Student Legal Services (Confidential Resource) 

Student Legal Services advises currently registered UC Berkeley students regarding their legal questions, rights, and obligations. Please review the information and materials on Attorney for Students page before making an appointment - they may answer your questions.

Phone: 510-664-7487 | Website: sa.berkeley.edu/legal


Student Advocate's Office (Confidential Resource)

Berkeley’s student government (ASUC) offers the Student Advocate’s Office which has a staff of student volunteers committed to providing support and advocacy to students involved in alleged violations of misconduct or academic dishonesty. Student Advocate's Office staff are not Responsible Employees, however they do not have evidentiary privilege, and therefore may be compelled to reveal information by a court of law.

Phone: 510-642-6912 | Email: help@berkeleysao.org | Website: advocate.berkeley.edu


Ombuds Office for Students & Postdoctoral Appointees (Confidential Resource)

Phone: 510-642-5754 | Website: sa.berkeley.edu/ombuds

The Ombuds Office is a confidential space where survivors can get help navigating informal and formal options and receive referrals to campus resources. The ombuds provides clarification on policy and procedures, assistance with academic accommodations, mediation and coaching on difficult situations. Visitors are empowered with information to make choices that best fit their needs.

Staff Resources

Respondent Services and Other Non-confidential Resources

Respondent Services

Staff Respondent Services Coordinator, UC Berkeley Human Resources Labor and Employee Relations (Responsible Employees)

Phone: 510-642-4222 | Website

*It is important to note that the staff providing respondent services are NOT confidential resources, they are Responsible Employees. You are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about confidentiality when you first contact a resource. 


Information about UC Berkeley's investigation and adjudication process

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)/ Campus Title IX Office (Reporting Resource)

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is the campus Title IX office. OPHD is responsible for institutional compliance with University policies prohibiting discrimination, including the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH), which includes responding to SVSH and other discrimination complaints and concerns from students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu | Phone: 510-643-7985 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) | Website: ophd.berkeley.edu


Assistance with Immigration and Legal Status

Berkeley International Office (BIO) (Responsible Employees)

Phone: 510-642-2818  | Website: internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/home

Confidential Resources

Counseling Services for Staff

If you have been named as someone who may have violated a campus policy or possibly committed a crime, you may be participating in a variety of accountability processes, and may experience a range of emotions and questions about your life and your future.  During this time, counselors at University Health Services Be Well at Work/Employee Assistance Program are available to offer you a confidential and non-judgmental space to explore your actions and their impact, experience your emotions, and receive psycho-education and support as you move through this challenging period.

This process can be long and you may feel uncertainty at various times. The counseling services on this page can help you identify places to start, answer your questions, and support you.

Be Well at Work/ Employee Assistance Program (Confidential Resource)

University Health Services, Tang Center

2222 Bancroft Way, Suite 3100 | 510-643-7754

Website: uhs.berkeley.edu/bewellatwork/employee-assistance

Provides free, confidential assessment, referral, and consultation services for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdoctoral appointees. 

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Appointees: uhs.berkeley.edu/insurance/information-visiting-scholars-postdocs


Ombuds Services

Staff Ombuds Office (Confidential Resource)

The Staff Ombuds Office is an independent department that provides strictly confidential, impartial and informal conflict resolution and problem-solving services for all staff, non-senate academics, and faculty who perform management functions. The Staff Ombuds Office provides a safe place for individuals to voice and clarify concerns, understand conflict situations, and think through how they want to proceed at their own pace.  As an informal resource, the Staff Ombuds Office can clarify or explain University processes, but they do not participate in formal hearings or investigations nor do they have authority to render decisions. The Staff Ombuds Office also serves as a resource for members of the campus community who have concerns about the institution’s methods of prevention and response to sexual misconduct to talk confidentially about their experiences and ideas for improvement.

Phone: (510) 642-7823 to schedule an appointment | Website: staffombuds.berkeley.edu/home

Faculty and Other Academic Appointees Resources

Respondent Services and Other Non-confidential Resources

Respondent Services

Faculty and Other Academic Appointees Respondent Services Coordinator, Academic Personnel Office (Responsible Employees)

127 California Hall #1500 | Phone: 510-642-5626 | Email: appolicy@berkeley.edu | Website

*It is important to note that the staff providing respondent services are NOT confidential resources, they are Responsible Employees. You are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about confidentiality when you first contact a resource. 

Information about UC Berkeley's investigation and adjudication process

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)/ Campus Title IX Office (Reporting Resource)

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is the campus Title IX office. OPHD is responsible for institutional compliance with University policies prohibiting discrimination, including the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH), which includes responding to SVSH and other discrimination complaints and concerns from students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu | Phone: 510-643-7985 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) | Website: ophd.berkeley.edu


Senate Faculty Ombudspersons (OMB) (Responsible Employees)

The Senate Faculty Ombudspersons (OMB) are faculty who function as an “organizational ombuds,” providing peer advice on conflicts and disputes in a private and informal manner. OMB subscribes to a code of conduct ensuring impartiality and confidentiality, but is not a Confidential Resource in the sense of the UC Policy on SVSH. In this way OMB differs from Student and Staff Ombuds. Rather than being trained professional ombudspersons, OMB are Senate faculty members; as such, they are Responsible Employees (see section 7.3.1) who must notify OPHD if they learn about violations of the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH). 

Website: academic-senate.berkeley.edu/committees/omb/faculty-ombudsperson


Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare (Responsible Employees)

The Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare can provide consulations, and welcomes conversations with:

  • Assistant professors about the tenure process
  • Faculty about equity and welfare
  • Search committees about process
  • Chairs/deans about challenging situations
  • Academic personnel staff about policies

Website: ofew.berkeley.edu/consultation


Assistance with Immigration and Legal Status

Berkeley International Office (BIO) (Responsible Employees)

Phone: 510-642-2818  | Website: internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/home

Confidential Resources

Counseling Services for Academic Personnel

If you have been named as someone who may have violated a campus policy or possibly committed a crime, you may be participating in a variety of accountability processes, and may experience a range of emotions and questions about your life and your future.  During this time, counselors at University Health Services Be Well at Work/Employee Assistance Program are available to offer you a confidential and non-judgmental space to explore your actions and their impact, experience your emotions, and receive psycho-education and support as you move through this challenging period.

This process can be long and you may feel uncertainty at various times. The counseling services on this page can help you identify places to start, answer your questions, and support you.

Be Well at Work Employee Assistance (Confidential Resource)

University Health Services, Tang Center

2222 Bancroft Way, Suite 3100 | 510-643-7754

Website: uhs.berkeley.edu/bewellatwork/employee-assistance

Provides free, confidential assessment, referral, and consultation services for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdoctoral appointees. 

Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Appointees: uhs.berkeley.edu/insurance/information-visiting-scholars-postdocs


Ombuds Services

Staff Ombuds Office (Confidential Resource)

Phone: (510) 642-7823 to schedule an appointment | Website: staffombuds.berkeley.edu/home

The Staff Ombuds Office is an independent department that provides strictly confidential, impartial and informal conflict resolution and problem-solving services for all staff, non-senate academics, and faculty who perform management functions. Staff Ombuds Office serves Faculty who are in conflict with a staff member or supervise staff. The Staff Ombuds Office provides a safe place for individuals to voice and clarify concerns, understand conflict situations, and think through how they want to proceed at their own pace. As an informal resource, the Staff Ombuds Office can clarify or explain University processes, but it does not participate in formal hearings or investigations nor does the Office have authority to render decisions. The Staff Ombuds Office also serve as a resource for members of the campus community who have concerns about the institution’s methods of prevention and response to sexual misconduct to talk confidentially about their experiences and ideas for improvement


Ombuds Office for Students & Postdoctoral Appointees (Confidential)

Phone: 510-642-5754 | Website: sa.berkeley.edu/ombuds

The Ombuds Office is a confidential space where survivors can get help navigating informal and formal options and receive referrals to campus resources. The ombuds provides clarification on policy and procedures, assistance with academic accommodations, mediation and coaching on difficult situations. Visitors are empowered with information to make choices that best fit their needs.