Policies and Disclosures

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California, 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 disability1, age, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services2. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

  • 1 Pregnancy includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
  • 2 As defined by the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.

Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to: Ricardo A. Alcaíno, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3217A Phelps Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2060. (805) 893-4504.

Personal Information Statement

Information furnished on the application will be used by various university offices to determine your admissibility to a graduate program. It may also be released to state and federal government officials if required by law. Students are permitted to review personal information maintained in accordance with university policy. Application materials become the property of the Graduate Division and cannot be returned. For further information, contact the Graduate Division, 3117 Cheadle Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2070; or e-mail Graduate Admissions.

Use of Social Security Numbers

SSN disclosure is required. The University is required by federal law to report SSN and other pertinent information to the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to the reporting requirements imposed by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. The University will use the SSN provided to verify the identity of each applicant, to link the admissions file with Financial Aid Office data, to link financial awards and admission data to registration histories and student records, and to link to the Payroll Office to verify amounts paid to students receiving teaching assistantships and research assistantships. This record-keeping system was established before January 1, 1975, pursuant to the authority of the Regents of the University of California under Article IX, Section 9 of the Constitution of the State of California. This notification is provided as required by the Federal Privacy Act of 1974.

Accuracy of Information

The submission of any false or misleading information of any kind in support of an application for admission to the Graduate Division at the University of California, Santa Barbara, may result in the permanent cancellation or rescinding of admission or financial awards by the Dean of the Graduate Division. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all information is accurate and complete.

Statement on Admission

Admission of an applicant to a graduate program does not constitute a commitment on the part of the University to accept the applicant as a candidate for a degree or to recommend the applicant for a credential or a degree.

Detailed review and recommendation to admit is made by the department. However, only the official letter of admission from the Dean of the Graduate Division constitutes approval of admission to this graduate program at UCSB, not correspondence with a department or with an individual faculty member. The Graduate Division will notify you of the final admissions decision after receiving the recommendation from the department to which you are applying.

Notice of Availability of Campus Security Reports

As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, prospective students are entitled to request and receive a copy of the Security Report of any campus of the University they are interested in attending. Each Security Report includes statistics for the past three years concerning crimes and incidents (whether they occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, or on public property adjacent to campus) reported to campus security authorities. Each report also provides campus policies and practices concerning security - how to report sexual assault and other crimes, crime prevention efforts, policies/laws governing alcohol and drugs, victims' assistance programs, student discipline, campus resources, and other matters. Copies of the UCSB report may be obtained by contacting University of California, Santa Barbara, Office of Student Life, 2201 Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building (SAASB), Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5010 or by accessing the following Campus and Community Crime Statistics.

Graduate Student Bill of Rights

Graduate Student Bill of Rights (PDF)