Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

Housing and Residential Life (HRL) recognizes the negative impact discrimination, harassment, or retaliation described in Executive Order 1097 (http://www.csus.edu/hr/departments/equal-opportunity/discrimination.html) has on an individual or the residential community.  Once notified of an alleged violation of this policy HRL will immediately refer the incident to the Office of Equal Opportunity for further investigation.  Interim measures may be handed down including removal from housing while the incident is being investigated.  Executive Order 1097 defines Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation as the following:

  • Discrimination means Adverse Action taken against a Student by the CSU, a CSU employee, or another Student because of a Protected Status.  Adverse Action means an action that has a substantial and material adverse effect on the Complainant's ability to participate in a University program or activity free from Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation. Minor or trivial actions or conduct not reasonably likely to do more than anger or upset a Complainant does not constitute an Adverse Action.
  • Harassment means unwelcome conduct, based on the Complainant’s Protected Status, that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting her/his ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University.
  • Retaliation means Adverse Action taken against a Student because the Student has or is believed to have:
  1. Exercised rights under this Executive Order;
  2. Reported or opposed conduct which was reasonable and in good faith believed to be in violation of this Executive Order;
  3. Assisted or participated in a policy-related investigation/proceeding regardless of whether the Complaint was substantiated; or,
  4. Assisted someone in reporting or opposing a violation of this Executive Order, or assisted someone in reporting or opposing Retaliation under this Executive Order.

Retaliation may occur whether or not there is a power or authority differential between the individuals involved.

Violating Executive Order 1097 can have implications relating to enrollment at the University as well as violating the terms of the Housing and Residential Life license agreement.