Task Force Finds Fault in UCLA’s Racial Bias Complaint Policies

uclaAn internal task force at the University of California at Los Angeles issued a report that concluded that policies and procedures currently in place to deal with complaints of racial bias and discrimination from faculty members are inadequate. Among the findings of the task force are:

* UCLA’s policies and procedures for responding to incidents of perceived bias, discrimination and intolerance involving faculty are inadequate.

* UCLA currently relies on an ad hoc network of resources to respond to complaints regarding incidents of perceived bias or discrimination. However, the university has failed to adequately inform faculty members of these reporting options.

* The university lacks a mechanism for impartial investigation of such incidents outside of a formal Academic Senate proceeding. The university currently has no official procedure by which a complaint triggers an informal or formal investigation by a dedicated, impartial official.

* UCLA’s current procedures fail to adequately communicate the consequences that will ensue for those who engage in discriminatory conduct.

The full reported can be downloaded by clicking here.

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