Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. 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).  Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and violence[1].

  • Sexual Misconduct: All sexual activity between members of the CSU community must be based on affirmative consent. Engaging in any sexual activity without first obtaining affirmative consent to the specific activity is sexual misconduct, whether or not the conduct violates any civil or criminal law.
  • Sexual activity includes, but is not limited to, kissing, touching intimate body parts, fondling, intercourse, penetration of any body part, and oral sex. It also includes any unwelcome physical sexual acts, such as unwelcome sexual touching, sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, and dating violence. When it is based on gender, domestic violence and stalking also constitute sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct may include physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication). Men as well as women can be victims of these forms of sexual misconduct. Sexual activity with a minor is never consensual when the Complainant is under 18 years old, because the minor is considered incapable of giving legal consent due to age.
    1. Sexual Assault is a form of sexual misconduct and is an attempt, coupled with the ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another because of that person’s gender or sex.
    2. Sexual Battery is a form of sexual misconduct and is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another because of that person’s gender or sex as well as touching an intimate part of another person against that person’s will and for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.
    3. Rape is a form of sexual misconduct and is non-consensual sexual intercourse that may also involve the use of threat of force, violence, or immediate and unlawful bodily injury or threats of future retaliation and duress. Any sexual penetration, however slight, is sufficient to constitute rape. Sexual acts including intercourse are considered non-consensual when a person is incapable of giving consent because s/he is incapacitated from alcohol and/or drugs, is under 18 years old, or if a mental disorder or developmental or physical disability renders a person incapable of giving consent. The Respondent’s relationship to the person (such as family member, spouse, friend, acquaintance or stranger) is irrelevant. (See complete definition of affirmative consent below.)
    4. Acquaintance Rape is a form of sexual misconduct committed by an individual known to the victim. This includes a person the victim may have just met; i.e., at a party, introduced through a friend, or on a social networking website. (See above for definition of Rape.)
  • Sexual Discrimination means an adverse action taken against an individual because of gender or sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and sexual misconduct) as prohibited by Title IX; Title IV; VAWA/Campus SaVE Act; California Education Code § 66250 et seq.; and/or California Government Code § 11135. See also Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Cal. Govt. Code § 12940 et seq.), and other applicable laws. Both men and women can be victims of Sex Discrimination.
  • Sexual Harassment is unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other conduct of a sexual nature where:
    1. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a student’s academic status or progress, or access to benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the University; or
    2. Such conduct 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 student, and is in fact considered by the student, as limiting the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University; or
    3. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by a University employee is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a term or condition of employment, or an employment decision or action; or
    4. Such conduct 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 University employee or third party, and is in fact considered by the University employee or third party, as intimidating, hostile or offensive.

Sexual Harassment could include being forced to engage in unwanted sexual contact as a condition of membership in a student organization; being subjected to video exploitation or a campaign of sexually explicit graffiti; or frequently being exposed to unwanted images of a sexual nature in a classroom that are unrelated to the coursework.

Sexual Harassment also includes acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on Gender or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

This policy covers unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. While romantic, sexual, intimate, personal or social relationships between members of the University community may begin as consensual, they may evolve into situations that lead to Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct, including Dating or Domestic Violence, or Stalking, subject to this policy.

The University is required to designate a Title IX Coordinator to monitor and oversee overall Title IX compliance.

  • Our campus Title IX Coordinator is available to explain and discuss:
  • The University’s process for addressing discrimination or harassment complaints, including how confidentiality is handled;
  • Your right to file a criminal complaint (sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, or stalking);
  • Available support resources, both on and off campus; and other related matters.

 Campus Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Contact Information:

  • Director of Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator
  • Equal Opportunity Investigator /Deputy Title IX Coordinator
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator in Athletics
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator in Housing
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator in Student Organizations & Leadership
  • Phone number for Title IX Coordinator Office- (916) 278-5770
  • Campus Address for Title IX Coordinator Office - 1009 Hornet Bookstore

Other Campus Resources

Sacramento State’s Violence and Sexual Assault Support Services

Hailey Vincent hailey.vincent@csus.edu
916-217-5271
University Police
Public Service Building
Dispatch- (916) 278-6000
Emergency- (916) 278-6900 or dial 911 from any campus phone

Additional information about the Title IX Coordinator’s office and available resources may be found at http://www.csus.edu/titleix 

Members of the campus community must be familiar with the following documents:

CSU Executive Order 1095- provides information about campus updates on sexual harassment and violence.  Includes three important attachments:

  1. Full notice on Non Discrimination including additional definitions;
  2. Educational Statement containing Myths and Facts about sexual violence; and
  3. Statement of Rights and Options for Victims of Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.  http://www.csus.edu/titleix/doc/eo_1095_attachment_c_rev%206-23-15.pdf

CSU Executive Order 1096- policy for allegations by employees or third parties of discrimination, harassment or retaliation[2]  http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1096-rev-10-5-16.pdf

CSU Executive Order 1097- policy for allegations by students of discrimination, harassment or retaliation[3] http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1097-rev-10-5-16.pdf

CSU Executive Order 1098- policy for student conduct and disciplinary action:  http://www.csus.edu/titleix/doc/eo-1098-rev-6-23-15.pdf

[1] The following definitions may be found in CSU Executive Order 1095- http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1095-rev-6-23-15.pdf

[2] This includes discrimination or harassment based on any protected category, including sex.

[3] This includes discrimination or harassment based on any protected category, including sex.