Resolving Problems & Complaints

Resources for Resolving Problems and Complaints in the Department of Mathematics

The University of California, Berkeley, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. The University of California, Berkeley also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

Department level

Campus level

General grievances in the Mathematics Department:
ChairMartin Olsson , 953 Evans Hall, 642-4129,

Undergraduate Student Matters:
Director of Student ServicesVictoria Lee, 967 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 664-4603,
Vice-Chair for Undergraduate AffairsRichard H. Bamler, 705 Evans Hall,

Graduate Student Matters:
Director of Student ServicesVictoria Lee, 967 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 664-4603,
Vice-Chair for Graduate AffairsThomas Scanlon, 723 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 642-3665,

Faculty Matters:
ChairMartin Olsson , 953 Evans, 642-4129,
Vice-Chair for Faculty AffairsJon Wilkening, 1051 Evans Hall,

Staff Matters:
Chair, Martin Olsson , 953 Evans, 642-4129,
Department ManagerBrian Underwood, 983 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 642-3865,

Sexual harassment and diversity issues:
Equity AdvisorDavid Nadler, 815 Evans Hall,
Director of Student ServicesVictoria Lee, 967 Evans Hall, +1 (510) 664-4603,
Physical Sciences Graduate Diversity Officer: Colette Patt, 201 Campbell Hall, 642-0794,
Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination: 2111 Bancroft Way, Suite 300.

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,
Campus Policies and Procedures
More information for students can be found on the  Division of Student Affairs.

Nondiscrimination Policies (Berkeley campus):
Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD). Email:, or telephone:510 643-7985. Complaints of discrimination should be directed to OPHD, as above.

Student-related discrimination complaints can also be brought to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco Regional Office, 50 United Nations Plaza, Mail Box 1200, Room 1545, San Francisco, CA 94102, Email:; Telephone: 415 486-5555, FAX: 415 486-5570; TDD: 800 877-8339.

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 Chancellor's Office, 200 California Hall, monitors and evaluates campus efforts to meet these requirements.
If you feel that you have experienced or witnessed sex-based misconduct or discrimination in the Mathematics Department, or in the University, do not hesitate to contact Denise Oldham the Title IX and Title VI Compliance Officer at the OPHD; Telephone:510 643-7985 or Email:

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. 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.