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Available Procedures

The University has formal written procedures that provide for a campus investigation of reports of sexual violence, written findings sent to the accuser and the accused, and a review of the campus investigative findings by the CSU Chancellor’s Office.  The procedure for CSU employees and third parties is separate from, but similar to the procedure for CSU students. Your campus Title IX Coordinator can explain these procedures in detail.

At the conclusion of the University’s complaint procedure, any employee or student found to have violated University policy against sexual violence will be subject to discipline.  Discipline would be administered consistent with applicable collective bargaining agreements (for employees), University policies and legal requirements.   As the victim, you are not required to participate in any University disciplinary procedure and may choose not to be a part of it. 

Disciplinary procedures for sexual violence will:

  • Provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process and resolution;
  • Be conducted by officials who receive annual training on sexual violence and how to conduct a hearing process that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability;
  • Provide the accuser and the accused the same opportunity to be accompanied to any related meeting or proceeding by the advisor of their choice;
  • Simultaneously inform the accuser and the accused in writing of:
    • The outcome of the disciplinary proceeding;
    • The University’s procedures for the accused to appeal the results of the disciplinary proceeding;
    • Any change to the disciplinary results that occurs prior to the time such results become final; and
    • When disciplinary results become final.

Complaint Procedures

The CSU has adopted and published complaint procedures that provide for prompt and equitable resolution of Sex Discrimination complaints, including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking:

Complaints made by students.
Executive Order 1097, entitled "Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Against Students and “Systemwide Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints by Students" is the appropriate systemwide procedure for all complaints of Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking made by CSU students against the CSU, a CSU employee, another CSU student, or a third party.  (Executive Order 1097 is attached; see also http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1097-rev-6-23-15.pdf.)

Complaints made by employees, former employees, and applicants for employment.
Executive Order 1096, entitled “Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Employees and Third Parties and Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Allegations by Employees and Third Parties” is the appropriate systemwide procedure for all complaints of Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking made by employees and former employees against the CSU, another CSU employee, a CSU student or a third party. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides a grievance procedure for raising allegations of Sex Discrimination or Sexual Harassment, including Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking shall use the grievance procedure specified in their collective bargaining agreement.  (Executive Order 1096 is attached; see also http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1096-rev-6-23-15.pdf.)

Complaints made by student-employees. Executive Order 1096 is the appropriate systemwide procedure for all complaints of Sex Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence, made by student-employees where the alleged Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking arose out of the person’s status as an employee and not his/her status as a student.  (Executive Order 1096 is attached; see also http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1096-rev-6-23-15.pdf.)

Complaints made by third parties.
Executive Order 1096 is the appropriate systemwide procedure for all complaints of Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking filed by third parties against the CSU, a CSU employee or a CSU student.  (Executive Order 1096 is attached; see also http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1096-rev-6-23-15.pdf.)

Regardless of whether an employee, a student or a third party ultimately files a complaint under the applicable complaint procedure, if a campus knows or has reason to know about possible Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking, it must review the matter to determine if an investigation is warranted. When warranted, all such investigations must be prompt, thorough and impartial. The campus must then take appropriate steps to eliminate the Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and/or Stalking, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

For more information regarding the Rights and Options for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking, go to the Human Resources website at http://www.fresnostate.edu/adminserv/hr/title-ix/index.html.