Resolving Problems & Complaints

Resources for Resolving Problems and Complaints in the Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

Department level:

Campus level:

General grievances in the Mathematics Department:

Chair, Martin Olsson , 953 Evans Hall, 642-4129, chair [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu

Undergraduate Student Matters:

Director of Student Services, Christine Tobolski, 967 Evans Hall, ctobolski [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Affairs, Olga Holtz, 821 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 642-2122, holtz [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu

Graduate Student Matters:

Director of Student Services, Christine Tobolski, 967 Evans Hall, ctobolski [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Graduate Advisor and Program Coordinator, Victoria Lee, 910 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 642-0665, vickyalee [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Vice-Chair for Graduate Affairs, Jon Wilkening, 1051 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 643-7990, wilken [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu

Faculty Matters:

Chair, Martin Olsson , 953 Evans, 642-4129, chair [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu
Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs, Nicolai Reshetikhin, 917 Evans Hall, reshetik [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu

Staff Matters:

Chair, Martin Olsson , 953 Evans, 642-4129, chair [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu
Department Manager, Holli Griffin Strauss, 983 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 642-3865, holli [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu

Sexual harassment and diversity issues:

Equity Advisor, Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, 803 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 642-2838, rezakhan [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu
Director of Student Services, Christine Tobolski, 967 Evans Hall, ctobolski [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Physical Sciences Graduate Diversity Officer: Colette Patt, 201 Campbell Hall, 642-0794, colette_patt [at] ls [dot] berkeley [dot] edu
Campus Climate and Compliance Office: Chancellor's Office, 200 California Hall.

General questions and complaints (Berkeley campus):

Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees, 642-5754
Ombudsperson for faculty
Ombudsperson for staff, 642-7823
ASUC Student Advocate's Office, 204 Eshelman Hall, 642-6912, help [at] berkeleysao [dot] org
Berkeley Website of Campus Policies and Procedures
More information for students can be found on the  Recourse and resolution page of Resource, the official student handbook published by New Student Services.

Sexual harassment, diversity, and discrimination issues (Berkeley campus):

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State Law and the University's nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth and medical conditions related thereto, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. This nondiscrimination policy covers student admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. It also covers faculty (Senate and non-Senate) and staff in their employment.

Title IX and Title VI. This 1972 federal legislation prohibits all forms of sex (Title IX) and race (Title VI) discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding.
The Campus Climate and Compliance Office, in the Chancellor's Office, 200 California Hall monitors and evaluates campus efforts to meet these requirements.
Denise Oldham, 510 643-7985, ask_ophd [at] berkeley [dot] edu, is the campus Title IX & Title VI compliance officer. Do not hesitate to contact her directly if you feel that you have experienced or witnessed discrimination in the Mathematics Department, or in the University.

Student Grievance Procedure (Berkeley Campus):

The Berkeley Campus Student Grievance Procedure gives you an opportunity to resolve complaints alleging discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, age, and sexual orientation. You may also use the procedure to resolve any complaints you may have alleging that any other rules or policies of the Berkeley campus were inappropriately applied and resulted in an injury to you. The procedure is not applicable to certain kinds of complaints for which other appropriate appeals procedures exist, such as a grade appeal based on the application of nonacademic criteria. (See General Catalog information on Appeal of Grades in Courses and Examinations.) The procedure contains important time limitations and provisions about the interrelationship between this procedure and other campus complaint procedures. Copies of the procedure are available in 102 Sproul Hall.

There is also a Graduate Appeal Procedure through which graduate students may appeal academic or administrative decisions that have resulted in termination of their graduate status or have interfered with their progress toward a degree.

Finally, see our Statement on Collegiality, Respect, and Sensitivity.