Student Rights and Grievances

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UC Davis provides assistance to students for answering questions and resolving concerns about their rights, as well as informal and formal grievance procedures. University and campus policies and standards protect and promote the rights of all members of the campus community, prevent disruption or interference with the teaching, research, administrative, and public service functions of the University, and ensure every student a fair opportunity to pursue academic excellence. 

Students are encouraged, whenever possible, to discuss a complaint directly with the department or individual responsible for the decision or action about which they have concerns. When that fails, a student can seek further advice about informal and formal grievance procedures. While more than one campus office might assist in resolving a grievance, the following campus resources are available to assist students in resolving grievances and complaints. To file a grievance with Student Support and Judicial Affairs (OSSJA), fill out a report online.

Student Expression

To learn more about freedom of expression on campus, visit the website for Student Expression at UC Davis.

Privacy Rights and Student Records

Certain laws and regulations are in place to protect student's right to privacy, provide safeguards for the confidentiality of student records, permit students access to their own records, and provide a mechanism for students to petition to correct these records. To learn more, visit the University Registrar's page on Official Privacy Notifications.  

Student Disability Center

The Student Disability Center provides information and addresses concerns about academic accommodations and support services for students with disabilities.  

Grade Change Committee, University Registrar

The Grade Change Committee addresses grading concerns involving clerical or procedural errors in the recording of a grade. Questions should be directed to the Grade Change Deputy in the Office of the University Registrar, at GradeChanges@ucdavis.edu.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

UC Davis prohibits all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response website provides information on these topics and about resources for victims of sexual violence and how to help a friend who has been a victim. It also provides information to students accused of sexual violence about resources available to them. Lastly, it provides a summary of sexual violence reports received by the campus Title IX Office for each of the past few years. 

Hate, Bias, Discrimination or Harassment

If you believe you have experienced or witnessed an act of hate, bias, discrimination or harassment, please report it so the University can take appropriate action. Anonymous reporting is an option. To learn more, visit the website Report Hate and Bias, maintained by the UC Davis Harassment & Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP).

General Questions

If you are uncertain about where to start when you have a grievance or concern, the Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs is a good place to start. You may call for an appointment at 530-752-1128.

Confidential Resources

  • Counseling ServicesCounseling Services is a confidential service for all UC Davis students. Counseling Services is a multi-culturally and educationally diverse group of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, family counselors, doctoral interns and peer counselors. They are an experienced staff committed to assisting students and enriching the university community through providing a broad variety of educational programs, psychological consultation and other types of university service.  

  • Ombuds Office - The UC Davis Ombuds Office is a confidential, independent, impartial, and informal problem-solving and conflict management resource for all members of the UC Davis campus community. Ombuds can assist by listening to concerns, clarifying issues, identifying polices and resources, and providing coaching and communication strategies.

Confidential Resources Regarding Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

  • Center for Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE)CARE provides free, confidential crisis intervention, advocacy and accompaniment services to any survivor of sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking. Services are available to any UC Davis student, staff or faculty regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age or (dis)ability. 

  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center - The LGBTQIA+ Resource Center provides an open, safe and inclusive space and serves as the hub of the LGBTQIA community on campus.  The LGBTQIA+ Resource Center promotes education and creates a space for self-exploration about all sexes, genders and sexualities and their intersections with other identities. It engages in outreach, connects students with resources, sponsors programs, provides advocacy and offers confidential support and referral services to survivors of sexual assault.

  • The Women's Resources and Research Center - The WRRC provides a place for students to learn about resources and educational programs that focus on gender equity and social justice. It provides a place to meet friends and get involved with on-campus events and student organizations working to address sexism, genderism, and oppression. The WRRC provides opportunities for students to take part in making UC Davis safer and more inclusive for everyone, specifically women, transgender, and gender expansive individuals. The WRRC serves as a confidential reporting unit for situations involving sexual violence/harassment and domestic/intimate partner violence. This means, any person who may be navigating or experiencing these types of situations can receive support from the WRRC without needing to file a report. The WRRC can provide information/resources about reporting options and services related to emotional, mental, and physical health support.