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CARE Office

UC Merced is committed to creating a space free from the threat of violence. Violence and the fear of violence interfere with the university community.

The CARE Office (formerly called the Violence Prevention Program) provides response to and education about gender-based violence, including sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. The CARE Office serves all individuals affiliated with UC Merced including students, staff and faculty members.

Conflict and Crisis Resolution

The Office of Campus Climate develops an integrated conflict-management system for faculty, staff and students to voice their concerns, work to resolve issues and contribute to a conflict-competent organization. 

Discrimination and Sexual Violence Prevention (DSVP)

The Discrimination and Sexual Violence Prevention website provides multiple channels to report incidents, information about campus services and links to government, informational and advocate websites.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This Office of Campus Climate was created to coordinate and support strategic initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion at UC Merced for all campus constituents. Director De Acker works with others throughout the campus on accountability, infrastructure and resources that support inclusive excellence, where equal opportunity, mutual respect and cross-cultural collaboration are fostered. The office also develops an integrated conflict-management system for faculty, staff and students to voice their concerns, work to resolve issues and contribute to a conflict-competent organization.

Ethics and Compliance Program

The UC Merced is committed to advancing the highest standard of ethics and compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

As written in the University of California Standards of Ethical Conduct, pursuit of the UC’s mission of teaching, research and public service requires a shared commitment to the core values of the university as well as a commitment to the ethical conduct of all university activities.

This website is intended to provide campus community members with ethics policies, resources, training and procedures and to provide information regarding how to voice concern about potential violations of the university's ethics rules.​​

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA)

UC Merced is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action and compliance with all laws and regulations pertaining to both.

UC Merced’s policy is to provide employment, training, compensation and other conditions or opportunities associated with employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, genetic information (including family medical history), disability status, veteran status or any other basis protected by law.

Internal Audit

It is the policy of the University of California to maintain an independent and objective internal audit function to provide the regents, president and campus chancellors with information and assurance on the governance, risk management and internal control processes of the university.

Office of Ombuds Services

The Office of Ombuds Services is a place where UC Merced community members — students, staff, faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral scholars and administrators — can go for assistance in resolving conflicts, disputes or complaints on an informal basis*. We are a voluntary, off-the-record office resource. Visitors’ identities and the content of their conversations are always confidential, except in rare cases when the campus ombuds determines there is a risk of imminent harm to self or others.
Please note: Contacting the Office of Ombuds Services does not put UC Merced on formal notice of your concerns.

Policies and Procedures

This is the official website for UC Merced’s administrative policies. Its purpose is to make the campus’s policies and procedures widely accessible and to increase individual and departmental compliance. Administrative policies may be issued by the Board of Regents, the Office of the President or the campus. 

Threat Management (BIT)

When responding to an emergency, perceived emergency, or suspected criminal conduct, call 911.  If you encounter a disruptive employee, whose behavior may include threats to self or others, you should call a member of UC Merced Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). The BIT is comprised of a small group of UC Merced administrators responsible for the university employee threat assessment and management process.

If you are a supervisor, manager or other person in authority who receives a report of threat to self or others by a UC Merced employee, you should immediately contact a BIT member.

Whistleblower / Locally Designated Official (LDO)

The Locally Designated Official (LDO) responds to reports of known or suspected improper governmental activities/Whistleblower reports. The LDO also evaluates formal complaints made by individuals who allege that employment actions were taken against them in retaliation for having reported suspected improper governmental activity.