About Us

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is responsible for enforcing the UC Anti-Discrimination Policy (AD Policy) and the UC Sexual Violence Sexual Harassment Policy (SVSH Policy) and ensuring a work, learning, and patient care environment that is free from sexual violence and sexual harassment and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on the following protected categories:

  • Age (at least 40 years of age)
  • Ancestry
  • Citizenship
  • Color
  • Gender
  • Gender Expression
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Transition
  • Marital Status
  • Medical Condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics)
  • National or Ethnic Origin
  • Physical or Mental Disability (including having a history of disability or being regarded as having a disability)
  • Predisposing Genetic Information (including family medical history)
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, or related medical conditions)
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Veteran or Military Status

UC San Francisco prohibits harassment and discrimination against any person based on their protected class status whether they are a patient, a student or prospective student, or an employee or someone seeking employment with the University.

To ensure that UCSF is a safe, inclusive community to receive care, study, and work, OPHD:

  • Ensures compliance with the Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy and the Anti-Discrimination Policy.
  • Responds to concerns from students, patients, faculty, and staff regarding conduct that may constitute violations of these policies.
  • Assists campus departments to implement best practices in fostering a discrimination-free climate.
  • Collaborates with campus partners to provide tailored training to prevent discrimination, promote equity and support UCSF departments in addressing the potential impact on academic and employment environments when an incident has taken place.
  • Receives complaints filed from outside agencies including the California Civil Rights Department (CRD), the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and federal Offices of Civil Rights (OCR).
  • Compiles data for the annual affirmative action plan and assists departments in applying diversity, nondiscrimination, and affirmative action guidelines during faculty and staff recruitment processes.


OPHD is the office of record for all matters that fall under the Anti-Discrimination Policy and the SVSH Policy. OPHD is not a confidential office. However, OPHD implements strict measures to protect the privacy of anyone involved in the complaint process. If you are unsure as to how to proceed and want to discuss your concerns prior to filing a complaint you can consult with the following confidential resources:

Discussing potential incidents of discrimination with the Office of the Ombuds will not result in a report to OPHD.

Reporting a Complaint

If you believe you may be experiencing harassment or discrimination at UCSF, you are encouraged to contact OPHD to discuss your concerns. For more information on how to report, visit OPHD’s Make a Report page here.