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Policy Statement

The CSU is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that values diversity and fosters tolerance and mutual respect. All Students have the right to participate fully in CSU programs and activities free from unlawful Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation. The CSU prohibits Harassment of any kind, including Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. Such behavior violates both law and University policy. The University shall respond promptly and effectively to all reports of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation, and shall take appropriate action to prevent, correct, and when necessary, discipline behavior that violates this policy.

The CSU strives to be free of all forms of unlawful Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation. This policy is established in compliance with the California Equity in Higher Education Act (Education Code § 66250 et seq.), Title IX, VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, among other applicable state and federal laws. It is CSU policy that no Student shall, on the basis of any Protected Status, be unlawfully excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, any CSU program or activity. Nor shall a Student be otherwise subjected to unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation for exercising any of his/her rights.

Except as noted below, any Campus community member who knows or has reason to know of allegations or acts that violate this policy, shall promptly inform the DHR Administrator or Title IX Coordinator (where the allegations involve Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence). Except as noted below, Employees are required to disclose the name of a possible victim of Sexual Violence to the Title IX Coordinator even where the victim has requested that his/her name remain confidential; the Title IX Coordinator will determine whether confidentiality is appropriate given the circumstances of each such incident as set forth in Executive Order 1095.

The following persons are not required to report any information about an incident of Sexual Violence:

  • physicians; psychotherapists; professional, licensed counselors; and clergy who work on or off campus, and who provide medical or mental health treatment or counseling (including those who act in that role under their supervision); and
  • sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates who work or volunteer on or off campus in sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women’s centers, and health centers (including those who act in that role under their supervision, along with non-professional counselors or advocates who work or volunteer in sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women’s centers or health centers), without the victim’s consent; and
  •  The Fresno State Police are not required to report any personally-identifiable information about a victim of Sexual Violence, if the victim requestsconfidentiality, but must report the facts of the incident, including the identity of the perpetrator (if known).

Employees and Students who violate this policy shall be subject to discipline. If employee discipline is appropriate, it shall be administered in a manner consistent with applicable collective bargaining agreements, CSU policies, and legal requirements. Student discipline shall be administered in accordance with 5 Cal. Code Regs. § 41301 and Executive Order 1098, or any superseding executive order, if applicable.