Title IX Process

 

CSU Fresno is committed to providing a fair process for both Complainants and Respondents involved in cases being investigated. We understand that both Complainants and Respondents may have questions or concerns about the University's processes, and may want access to additional resources. 

 

Please view the Title IX Policy Process Map for a visual representation of the new Addendum process applicable to cases of student sexual misconduct

Early Resolution Process

The purpose of the Early Resolution process is to explore whether the complainant's concern can be resolved by the campus without an investigation. Complainants may choose to attempt an early resolution prior to, or instead of, filing a formal complaint. Possible outcomes of this process may include interim remedies or disciplinary actions. If early resolution is not reached, the Complainant has a right to file a formal complaint. 

 

Formal Investigation Process

The Title IX Coordinator will determine whether to open an investigation after making an inquiry into the allegations. If the reported information is insufficient, an investigation may not be warranted. If warranted, the University may initiate an investigation even if a written complaint has not been filed. Some cases may be forwarded to a hearing. 

Both the Complainant and the Respondent can appeal the outcome to the Chancellor's Office. 

Timeline

 An investigation can take 60-90 working days (excluding weekends and holidays) from the date the complaint is accepted for investigation, depending on the type of complaint. This timeline does not include a Title IX hearing.

Advisors

Both the Complainant and Respondent have a right to an Advisor. The Advisor cannot be anyone who is an involved party, potential witness, or someone who has a disciplinary role. The Advisor cannot speak on behalf of either party. In some instances parties may have an aditional support person; please see the Addendum to CSU Executive Orders for details. 

Non-Retaliation

All participating parties, including any witnesses, are protected under the non-retaliation policy. 

Confidentiality 

The University works to maintain parties privacy; However, the University's obligation is to take appropriate action to stop prohibited behavior and to prevent retaliation. This may pre-empt any request for anonymity or confidentiality.