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Operationalizing Principles of Community

Listed below are various University of California and University of California, Merced policies that operationalize the tenets of UC Merced's Principles of Community and support the aspirational goals of our Principles of Community. 

If you believe you have witnessed or experienced hate, bias, harassment and/or discrimination, please visit the resources below for additional information:

Bias Incident Response Team

BIRST is a University-wide team that receives information about bias incidents from individuals who have been a target of, or witnessed, an act of bias.  

The role of the BIRST Team is to provide an opportunity for community members to have their voices heard, to facilitate anti-bias education, to mitigate or prevent similar occurrences in the future, advocate for a more inclusive and affirming campus, and to raise issues to appropriate campus entities. 

Conflict and Crisis Resolution

UC Merced provides a host of resources and services — both formal and informal — to help resolve issues.

Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination

Office of the Ombuds

The Office of the Ombuds is a safe place where UC Merced community members can go for informal assistance with managing conflict, complaints, and concerns with a colleague, classmate, supervisor or anyone else on campus. Use of our office is always voluntary and talking with an omubdsperson does not constitute notice to the university for formal complaint. We operate under the International Ombuds Association's (IOA) ethical principles of confidentiality, neutrality, informality and independence. 

Reource and Referral Options flyer



Expressive Activities and Assembly: Protests, Demonstrations, Non -University Speakers and Posting on Campus and in University Facilities, Interim Policy

Describes the University's policy on expressive activities and assembly, including protests, demonstrations, outside speakers and posting, including time, place and manner procedures implemented pursuant to this policy

Policy on the Prohibition of Abusive Conduct and Workplace Violence

Describes the University’s prohibition on abusive conduct and acts of violence in the workplace, and sets forth procedures for the reporting thereof.

Whistleblower Policy

Employees and others are encouraged to use guidance provided by this policy for reporting all allegations of suspected improper governmental activities. While the scope of this policy is intended to be limited to the statutory definition of improper governmental activities, serious or substantial violations of University policy may constitute improper governmental activities determined upon review or investigation.

Whistleblower Protection Policy and Local Implementation Procedures

Policies specific to the alleged offender


APM 015 - Faculty Code of Conduct

APM 010 - Academic Freedom


Represented Employees

Policy Covered Employees


Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Code of Conduct


Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Policy


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