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Title IX

Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking

TITLE IX NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

The California State University, which includes Cal State Long Beach (CSULB), does not discriminate on the basis of gender, which includes sex and gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX and certain other federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in employment, as well as in all education programs and activities operated by its universities (both on and off campus). The protection against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender-based dating and domestic violence and stalking.

CSULB is committed to creating and sustaining an educational and working environment free of sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. If you experience any of these forms of misconduct, you are strongly encouraged to utilize the various on- and off-campus resources. Your safety and well-being is a top priority for the university.

**Revisions to CSU Executive Orders 

In response to recent decisions made by the California Court of Appeals, The CSU Chancellor's Office has finalized revisions to Executive Orders 1096, 1097, and 1098, the systemwide policies and procedures relevant to addressing complaints of sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking (Revised March 29, 2019). For more information and links to the revised policies, please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions in the drop down menu below. 


Revisions to the Executive Orders - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions – Revised Title IX Policy[1]
FAQ Document (PDF) 

Why has the CSU revised its Title IX student policy?

A California Court of Appeal recently ruled (in a case involving another university) that students accused of Sexual Misconduct who face severe discipline (expulsion or suspension) at any California university have the right to a hearing to cross-examine (question), directly or indirectly, their accusers and other witnesses if witness credibility is “central” to the case.  Until now, the University process did not include a hearing. On March 29, 2019, the Chancellor’s Office released revised Executive Orders 1096/1097 which include an Addendum titled Investigation and Hearing Process – For Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct.

What kinds of cases are impacted by this Addendum?

The Addendum applies only to cases that are not resolved via the Early Resolution Process that meet the following three criteria:

  • Student (Respondent) is accused of Sexual Misconduct as defined by Executive Orders (EOs) 1096/1097 (Revised March 29, 2019);[2]

  • Student (Respondent) faces suspension or expulsion; and

  • The credibility of any party or witness is central to the finding of whether the accused student engaged in Sexual Misconduct.

What policy applies if the circumstances of my Title IX (sex discrimination/harassment) case do not meet these three criteria?

If the circumstances of your case do not meet all three of the criteria described above, a neutral Investigator makes findings of fact and the Title IX Coordinator makes the final determination about whether CSU policy was violated (see Executive Order 1096/1097, Article III).

How will these changes most directly affect me?

  • After the Investigator has completed the Preliminary Investigation Report, Complainant and Respondent may ask to resolve the complaint (with the assistance of the campus Title IX Coordinator) without a hearing -- through the Early Resolution Process.

  • If the case is not resolved, a hearing will be scheduled.  Complainant and Respondent will identify relevant witnesses and prepare questions that they want the Hearing Officer to ask of the other Party and other witnesses.

  • Participation in a hearing.

  • The revised policy does not change the role of the Advisor. The Complainant and Respondent may also be accompanied at the hearing by a friend or other person to provide emotional support.

What is a hearing and what can I expect?

The hearing is a meeting at which a Hearing Officer (a neutral, third-party who will oversee the hearing) listens to the witnesses and analyzes the evidence. Each party will be given an opportunity to make an opening statement at the beginning of the hearing. The Hearing Officer may ask questions of the Complainant, Respondent, Investigator, any University official, and any witness. These questions include those questions proposed by the Complainant and Respondent. After the hearing, the Hearing Officer will make findings of fact and conclusions about whether the Respondent violated University Policy.

Who will attend the hearing?

The hearing is closed to all persons except the Parties, the Parties’ respective Advisors and/or support people, appropriate witnesses (while they are testifying), the Student Conduct Administrator, Title IX Coordinator, Hearing Officer, and Hearing Coordinator. A CSU administrator may also be present, but will not participate in the hearing.

Will the Hearing Officer use a different standard of proof to make their finding?

No, the standard used to make determinations for all allegations addressed under Executive Order 1096/1097 is Preponderance of the Evidence.

Do I have to be in the same room as the other Party (Complainant or Respondent)?

Not necessarily. If you do not want to be in the same room with the other party, please submit your request in writing to the campus Hearing Coordinator for consideration in advance of the hearing so that arrangements can be made. 

What does cross-examination mean?

In the hearing, the Respondent and Complainant will be able to “cross-examine” the other party or any witnesses by proposing questions to the Hearing Officer. Parties and their advisors/support person will not be permitted to directly question participants in the hearing.  The University’s process of providing for “indirect” questioning by the Hearing Officer is designed to minimize trauma for the participants in the hearing. 

What if I don’t want to participate in the hearing?

You are not required to participate in a hearing, but the lack of participation may have an impact on the information available for the Hearing Officer to consider and, therefore, the final determination. 

  • If you are a Complainant or Respondent and do not participate in the hearing, the University’s ability to take action will be limited.  The hearing will occur, but statements you made during the investigation (even if described in the investigation report) might not be considered at the hearing because you won’t be available to answer questions about those statements. Please note, a Respondent will not be found to have violated University policy solely because they failed to appear at the hearing nor will a Respondent be found to not have violate policy solely because a Complainant failed to appear at the hearing.

  • If you are a witness and do not attend the hearing, you may be subject to discipline (as a student or employee) and a hold may be placed on any student witness’ transcript. If a witness does not attend the hearing, their statements in the investigation process might not be considered at the hearing (even if it is described in the investigation report) because the witness won’t be available to answer questions about those statements.

Is there any alternative to having a hearing?

Yes, parties may choose to resolve a complaint via the Early Resolution process.  An Early Resolution is an agreement between you and the other Party to provide appropriate and relevant remedies to a complaint that would resolve the matter without a hearing. 

  • It is a completely voluntary process that can occur at any time up until the Hearing Officer makes a final decision. 

  • Neither the Complainant nor Respondent should feel pressured to agree to an Early Resolution. 

  • Both parties and the campus Title IX Coordinator have to agree with the terms of the Early Resolution before it can become final. 

If you would like to pursue an Early Resolution agreement, you can discuss this option with your campus Title IX Coordinator. 

Can I submit new evidence at the hearing or ask the Hearing Officer to interview a new witness?

All available evidence should be provided to the Investigator during the investigation phase of the process.  If relevant evidence, or a witness, was not reasonably available during the investigation phase, then the Hearing Officer may decide to permit its use at the hearing.  However, if the Hearing Officer concludes that the evidence or witness actually was reasonably available during the investigation or is not relevant, the Hearing Officer may not allow the evidence or witness at the hearing.

Do you believe the hearing requirement will have a negative effect on students reporting Sexual Misconduct or moving forward with their cases?

While some individuals may choose not to pursue a complaint due to the extensiveness of this process, the campus will endeavor to provide alternate resolution options, support resources, and interim remedies where appropriate. For those that choose to move forward to a hearing, support resources will be made available. All Hearing Officers will receive training about our investigation and hearing process as well as the complex and sensitive issues surrounding allegations of Sexual Misconduct.  We encourage students to speak with their campus Title IX Coordinators and confidential campus resources, including psychological services and survivor advocates, to discuss their experience, options, and concerns. 

Will the Addendum apply to Dating and Domestic Violence or Stalking cases?

The Addendum only applies to matters involving Sexual Misconduct as defined by CSU policy.  However, if a matter involves Sexual Misconduct as well as Dating and Domestic Violence or Stalking (or all three), all charges will be governed by Addendum to Executive Order 1096/1097.  Please direct any questions to your campus Title IX Coordinator. 

What effect does the revised policy have on closed cases?

Cases that were concluded before January 2019 were addressed under the applicable CSU policy and in compliance with law and will not be reopened for further investigation  Please direct any questions to your campus Title IX Coordinator. 

 


[1] The purpose of these FAQs is to provide an overview of CSU’s revised Title IX policy (effective March 29, 2019) and to answer frequently asked questions.  These FAQs do not constitute CSU policy nor do they purport to represent a comprehensive statement of CSU policy.  Please direct any questions about CSU Title IX-related policy to your campus Title IX Coordinator. 

 

Reporting Options

California State University, Long Beach, takes pride in its tradition of maintaining a civil and non-violent learning, working, and social environment. Civility and mutual respect toward all members of the University community are intrinsic to the establishment of excellence in teaching and learning. *

Administrative Reports (Non-Confidential)

Title IX Incident Reporting Form

If you are a student, faculty member, staff member, or third party that has experienced, witnessed, or has knowledge of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence or stalking, please use the reporting link to report to the Title IX Coordinator.

Reports may also be made directly to the Title IX Coordinator:

Larisa Hamada, Title IX Coordinator
Larisa.Hamada@csulb.edu, 562.985.8256
Office of Equity & Diversity, Foundation Building – Suite 120

Criminal Reports

The CSULB University Police Department (UPD) and any law enforcement agency must notify victims of sexual violence that their name will become a matter of public record unless they request confidentiality. If the request is made, the police will not divulge the victim’s identity to anyone including the Title IX Coordinator. However, UPD will report the facts of the case to the Title IX Coordinator.

University Police Department
1250 Bellflower Blvd Long Beach CA 90840
Location: across from Student Recreation and Wellness Center on Palo Verde
562.985.4101 (non-emergency 24/7); when on campus 911 (emergency 24/7)

* (Excerpt from CSULB Statement on Civility and Acts of Violence, 2016-2017)

Pregnant and Parenting Student Rights

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex — including pregnancy, parenting and all related conditions — in education and in programs and activities that receive federal funding. All students who might be, are, or have been pregnant have a right to the same access to school programs and educational opportunities that other students have.

If you would like to request accommodations as a pregnant or parenting student, contact Equity & Diversity as soon as possible. The university can require a pregnant student to provide a doctor’s certification of fitness to continue in an education program or activity only if the same requirement is imposed on all other students with physical or emotional conditions requiring a doctor’s care. Please submit medical or other medical information directly to the Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC) or Equity & Diversity – not to your professor. 

Lactation Rooms

Lactation Room Map (PDF)

Additional locations and accommodations can be provided by contacting the Office of Equity & Diversity at 562.985.8256 or Larisa.Hamada@csulb.edu. Advance notice is helpful in ensuring a location.

All Gender Restrooms

All Gender Restroom Map (PDF)

CSULB offers gender neutral restrooms across campus that are both available to the public and accessible.

On Campus Resources

Women’s & Gender Equity Center 
Not Alone @ the Beach Campaign
562.985.8576
Liberal Arts 1- 102

University Police Department
562.985.4101 (non-emergency 24/7); when on campus 911 (emergency 24/7)
1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840

Night Escort Program/ Community Service Officers (CSO)
562.985.4101 

Confidential:

  • Jacqueline Urtez , YWCA Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate
    562.985.2668
    Student Health Services
  • Linda Peña, ATOD/Violence Prevention & Sexual Misconduct Counselor
    562.985.1732
    Student Health Services 268
  • Student Health Services
    562.985.4771
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    562.985.4001
    Brotman Hall 226

Off Campus Resources

Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence

LGBTQI+

Other Hotlines

 

East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Crisis Hotline: 800.585.6231

Orange County Rape Crisis Center
Phone: 714.957.2737
Hotline: 866.935.4783

Laura’s House
866.498.1511
 

Statistics

Annual Report for July 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018 *

Each Campus will report the following annually on October 1, for the prior fiscal year (July 1 to June 30), without disclosing any information that would reveal the identities of the parties involved:

  1. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports received in which a Student is the Respondent: 1
  2. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports received in which an Employee is the Respondent: 20
  3. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports investigated: 5
  4. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking reports resolved without investigation, including a description of the resolution and/or reason for no investigation: 22
    1. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent
    2. Rights and options issued, declined to pursue investigation
    3. No jurisdiction - Resources provided and referred to OCC T9C and PD
    4. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent, moved Complainant to new course section
    5. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent
    6. Rights and options issued, declined to pursue investigation
    7. Rights and options issued, declined to pursue investigation
    8. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent, limited contact agreement
    9. Rights and options issued, declined to pursue investigation
    10. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent
    11. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent, moved Complainant to new course section
    12. Rights and options issued, declined to pursue investigation
    13. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent
    14. Rights and options issued, declined to pursue investigation
    15. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent
    16. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent, referred to Human Resources, disciplinary action
    17. Early Resolution: Addressed concerns with Respondent, referred to faculty affairs
    18. No jurisdiction - Rights and Options issued, referred to UCI title IX office
    19. No jurisdiction - Rights and Options issued, transferred to UPD
    20. No jurisdiction - Rights and Options issued, transferred to UPD
    21. No jurisdiction - Rights and Options issued, transferred to UPD
    22. No jurisdiction - Rights and Options issued, transferred to UPD
  5. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking investigations in which the Respondent was held responsible, including a description of the final sanction: 2
    1. Student discipline pending
    2. Employee discipline pending
  6. The number of Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking investigations in which the evidence was found insufficient to hold the Respondent responsible. 2

* These statistics are provided in compliance with Executive Order 1095, revised 6-23-15. They are for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Clery statistics in the University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report are reported for the 2017 calendar year as required by federal law. Reports to the Title IX Coordinator may be related to incidents which did not take place on Clery defined geography, therefore the statistics in this report may not coincide with Clery statistics in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

Annual Report for July 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2017 (.pdf)

Annual Report for July 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2016 (.pdf)