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Executive Orders & Complaint Forms FAQ
Discrimination and harassment can directly or indirectly impact an individual's ability to work and study. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination and discriminatory harassment for all students and employees. The University takes all reports of discrimination seriously, and reviews each complaint thoroughly. Additionally, the University prohibits retaliation taken against a student or employee who has or is believed to have opposed harassment or discrimination; filed a complaint about such practices; or participated in a discrimination or harassment process. Retaliation includes adverse actions that are reasonably likely to deter an individual from opposing or filing a complaint about such conduct. The policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation apply to all programs, activities, employment practices and operations of the University. The policies can apply to the conduct of all students and employees arising out of their employment or educational or academic status, as well as the conduct of all guests, visitors, vendors, contractors, subcontractors and others who do business with Sacramento State.
What is a Protected Status?
Protected Status includes Age, Disability (physical or mental), Gender (or sex), Genetic Information, Gender Identity (including transgender), Gender Expression, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Nationality, Race or Ethnicity (including color or ancestry), Religion or Religious Creed, Sexual Orientation, and Veteran or Military Status.
How Do I Report Incidents of Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation?
Complaints by students: Complaint Policy and Procedure: EO 1097
Complaint Form: EO 1097 Complaint Form (Students)
Complaints by faculty, staff, third-parties: Complaint Policy and Procedure: EO 1096
Complaint Form: EO 1096 (Faculty, staff, and third-parties)
You may also submit complaints via email at email@example.com
How Do I Report Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence or Stalking?
The CSU prohibits Harassment of any kind, including Sexual Harassment, as well as Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking. Such misconduct violates University policy and may also violate state or federal law. Reports of Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence or Stalking may be made the same way reports of Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation are made.
Complaints by students:
Complaint Policy and Procedure - EO 1097
Complaint Form: EO 1097 Complaint Form
Complaints by faculty, staff, third parties:
Complaint Policy and Procedure: EO 1096
Complaint Form: EO 1096 Complaint Form
You may also submit complaints via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the Title IX page for more information at Sac State Title IX
What is a Whistleblower Complaint?
The Office for Equal Opportunity has been designated by the President to receive complaints from Employees, Former Employees, and Applicants for CSU employment who wish to report alleged Improper Governmental Activity. Executive Order 1115 (article II, § G) defines Improper Governmental Activity, reportable as a Whistleblower Disclosure, as activity that:
- Is in violation of any state or federal law or regulation, including, but not limited to, corruption, malfeasance, bribery, theft of government property, fraudulent claims, fraud, coercion, conversion, malicious prosecution, misuse of government property, or willful omission to perform duty, or
- Is economically wasteful, or involves gross misconduct, incompetence, or inefficiency. For the purposes of this policy, “Improper Governmental Activity” includes Significant Threats to Health or Safety and Illegal Order(s).
How Do I File a Whistleblower Complaint?
CSU, Sacramento Administrator
To make a complaint to the CSU Administrator, contact:
William “Skip” Bishop, Director
Office for Equal Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento
Del Norte Hall 2005
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-5770
To make a Complaint to the CO, the Complaint must be submitted to the Vice Chancellor, should be marked “Confidential” and addressed to:
Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
Equal Opportunity and Whistleblower Compliance Unit
Systemwide Human Resources
Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802
You may also file a complaint to the State Auditor by contacting:
California State Auditor
P.O. Box 1019
Sacramento, CA 95812
Fax: (916) 322-2603
Whistleblower Hotline: (800) 952-5665
California State Auditor does not accept complaints by email, but you may file a complaint online.
Whistleblower Complaint Instructions:
Complaints are encouraged to be submitted in writing to the Appropriate Administrator designated by the campus President. Complaints may be submitted at the campus level or at the CO but must be submitted no later than 12 calendar months after the Complainant knew or should have known about the alleged Improper Governmental Activity. Complaints may be submitted using the EO 1115 Complaint Form, or may be submitted in writing, orally, or anonymously but should include the following information:
- The name and contact information of the Complainant (i.e., mailing address, email address, and phone number), the Complainant’s CSU position title or relationship with the CSU (if Complainant is a Third Party).
- A detailed description of the alleged Improper Governmental Activities, as defined in this EO. The description should include the name(s) and title(s) of the Employee(s) or official(s) allegedly engaged in the Improper Governmental Activities (the “Respondent(s)”).
- The date(s) the alleged Improper Governmental Activities occurred.
- Other potential witnesses to the alleged Improper Governmental Activities, the facts known by each, and if possible, their contact information.
- Any documentation that supports the allegations of Improper Governmental Activities. Individuals should not attempt to obtain documents they do not have the authority to access.
- Descriptions of documents that support the allegations of Improper Governmental Activities, if the actual documents are not in the possession of the Complainant.
Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint instructions:
The CSU prohibits Retaliation by any Employee of the CSU against Employees, Former Employees, and Applicants for CSU employment for having made a Protected Disclosure.
Retaliation against an Employee, former Employee, or applicant for CSU employment for exercising any rights under this EO is considered a separate issue and is covered under Executive Order 1116, titled Complaint Procedure for Allegations of Retaliation for Having Made a Protected Disclosure under the California Whistleblower Protection Act. Whistleblower Retaliation complaints may be filed with the Appropriate Administrator designated by the President, a supervisor/manager, or the Chancellor’s Office (see contact information above). The Retaliation Complaint must be received within 12 calendar months of the most recent alleged act of Retaliation.
Whistleblower Retaliation complaints may be submitted using the Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint Form and must be submitted in writing and include:
- The Complainant's name, position title or position applied for, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
- A detailed description of the original Protected Disclosure that led to the alleged Retaliation, including the name(s) and title(s) of the responsible Employee(s) who were alleged to have engaged in the Improper Governmental Activities.
- The name(s) of the individual(s) to whom the Improper Governmental Activity was reported, and the date and manner of the disclosure.
- A description of the alleged actual or attempted retaliatory actions, including the date(s), the name(s) and title(s) of the Employee(s) who were alleged to have engaged in Retaliation, and an explanation of the reasons why those actions constituted Retaliation.
- A list of witnesses to the alleged actual or attempted retaliatory actions, including their names, positions, contact information, and the facts known by each.
- Copies of any documentary evidence that supports the Retaliation Complaint.
- A dated, Sworn Statement by the Complainant under penalty of perjury that the Retaliation Complaint is true or is believed by the Complainant to be true.
What is the CA Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)?
On July 21, 2017, amendments to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) came into effect. As a result, the CSU Chancellor's Office has released the revised Executive Order 1083, “Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect,” to provide direction on the implementation of CANRA. CANRA sets forth legal obligations of persons who are “mandated reporters” of child abuse or neglect.
For purposes of this policy, all CSU employees are designated mandated reporters. As a designated mandated reporter, employees are required to report suspected child abuse or neglect in their professional capacity or within the scope of one's employment in which they observe or have knowledge of a person, under the age of 18 years, whom they know or reasonably suspect has been the victim of child abuse or neglect.
How Do I Report Child Abuse & Neglect?
Employees must report suspected child abuse or neglect immediately or as soon as practically possible by contacting the Sacramento State Police Department at 916-278-6000. Employees must also file a report (SS 8572) within 36 hours with University Police. In addition, all CSU employees are now required to sign an acknowledgment form, which states the employee knows his/her legal reporting obligations and the need to comply with this law.
William “Skip” Bishop, Director of Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator, can assist employees with any questions regarding their mandated reporting duties and completing the incident form. William “Skip” Bishop can be reached at email@example.com or 916-278-7469. In the event William “Skip” Bishop is not available, please contact the Office for Equal Opportunity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-278-5770.