Campus Peer Review Committee

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Objective and Jurisdiction

The campus Peer Review Committee (PRC) provides guidance and advice to the Vice Provost for the Faculty when the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) has found a faculty member to have violated the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH).

The Vice Provost for the Faculty serves as the Chancellor’s designee for faculty discipline. The Peer Review Committee provides advice with the aim of ensuring that disciplinary measures are effective, fair, and consistent. The constitution and function of the Peer Review Committee conforms with UC Berkeley’s local implementation of systemwide UC procedures for the adjudication of SVSH cases involving faculty respondents.

Membership and Terms of Service

The campus Peer Review Committee is constituted as a six-member standing committee, chaired by the Vice Provost for the Faculty. The Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on SVSH serves as consulting advisor and assists with PRC training. The PRC is responsible for reviewing all cases in which OPHD has found a Senate faculty member to have violated the UC Policy on SVSH, with the exception of senior administrative leaders, whose cases are instead referred to the systemwide UC Peer Review Committee.

  • The campus Peer Review Committee is composed of Senate faculty. The selection of a six-member standing Peer Review Committee is made by the Chancellor from a slate of candidates recommended by the following entities: the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the Council of Deans, and the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate. A pool of six standing members ensures the availability of members for any given case.

  • Members shall serve for terms of no less than two, and no more than three years, with a staggered rotation so that one-third of the Committee is renewed every two years.

  • Peer Review Committee members receive appropriate training, approved by the campus Title IX officer, prior to service.

  • The Peer Review Committee is a confidential committee. Members sign conflict of interest and confidentiality agreements.

  • View the current Peer Review Committee roster here.

Process

  • For each individual case reviewed by the Peer Review Committee, an ad hoc subcommittee receives and reviews the OPHD report, which summarizes the investigation and states the finding of a SVSH policy violation. Peer Review Committee members may consult legal counsel, OPHD, and/or the PATH to Care Center for advice or to ask clarifying or informational questions, as needed. The Peer Review Committee is not an investigative body and does not interview witnesses; however, the Peer Review Committee may request more information from OPHD if needed.

  • The Peer Review Committee meets with the Vice Provost and offers non-binding, confidential views and advice regarding proposed sanctions or settlement terms. The Peer Review Committee does not produce a written report.

  • As provided in APM-016, the UC Senate Bylaws, and UC Berkeley’s faculty adjudication procedures for SVSH cases, the two main options that the Peer Review Committee can consider recommending are (a) a negotiated Early Resolution agreement (APM-015, Senate Bylaw 336C) or (b) filing a formal disciplinary charge through the Privilege & Tenure process (APM-016).

  • The Vice Provost has 40 business days after receipt of a report with findings from OPHD within which to consult the Peer Review Committee and decide on an approach to discipline. 

  • If the decision of the Vice Provost for the Faculty is to file formal disciplinary charges, the charge letter filed with the Committee on Privilege & Tenure will include the Peer Review Committee’s recommendation and an explanation of the Vice Provost for the Faculty’s rationale for following or departing from that recommendation.