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Title IX for Students

Fresno State does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in the education programs or activities it conducts. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).This university is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to male and female students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics and carries out its educational mission in accordance with the California State University’s (CSU) Notice of Non-discrimination on the basis of sex.

In the interests of preserving each student’s right to learn and maintaining a safe and respectful educational atmosphere for all campus community members, it is important that each member be familiar with Fresno State’s Title IX policies and know how to identify acts of sexual discrimination/harassment.

Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome and/or uninvited verbal or physical conduct directed towards a person because of his or her sex. An act of sexual violence is any physical sexual act perpetrated against a person’s will, and constitutes sexual harassment. 

Executive Order 1097 prohibits acts of discrimination and harassment against students, including extended education students and student applicants, based on sex (including gender and sexual orientation), and other protected statuses, including age, disability, genetic information, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion and veteran status.  It is the CSU systemwide policy that informs a university community member on what to do if he or she learns of an instance of sexual discrimination/harassment involving a Fresno State student, regardless of whether he or she was/is involved, as well as on the process which Fresno State follows to ensure timely and appropriate resolution of the matter, including taking interim steps to protect victims and whistleblowers from retaliation. 

Executive Order  1098 is the systemwide student discipline policy through which Fresno State resolves issues of student misconduct, including sexual discrimination/harassment.  The policy also includes the possible consequences for substantiated charges.  The consequences listed are distinct from any possible criminal prosecution and civil liability that may result from a student’s misconduct.