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Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harrassment

 The Law and Campus Policy

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which violates Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; California state law; and CSU policies and procedures. CSUF has two policies prohibiting sexual harassment, and amorous or sexual relations between faculty, staff and students, UPS 240.100 and UPS 240.200

 What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment occurs when a person who is in a position of trust or authority engages in behaviors of a sexual nature that are inappropriate, unwanted, and/or nonreciprocal. Sexual harassment differs from ordinary flirting because it is unwelcome and usually occurs in a relationship in which one party is in a subordinate position to the other.

Sexual harassment can also occur in relationships of equal power. Perpetrators of sexual harassment gain their "strength" from belittling and devaluing those persons against whom they direct the harassment.

Sexual harassment is any sexual or gender-based behavior that adversely affects a person's working or learning environment. It can occur without conscious intent, and it is not limited to explicit demands for sex. Sexual harassment is an abuse of power.

At CSUF, sexual harassment is a serious offense which may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or expulsion.

 What can you do?

  • Say No
    Make it absolutely clear to the harasser that his or her advances are unwanted and you want the stopped.
  • Don't Delay
    Pay attention to cues or comments indicating harassment. If a person's behavior makes you uncomfortable, say so.
  • Keep a record
    Should the harassment continue, keep track of dates, times, witnesses, places and statements. This information can be used to support a complaint.
  • Talk with others
    Someone else may have been harassed by the same person. You will probably find others who are experiencing similar treatment and who would feel more comfortable confronting the harasser in a group rather than individually.

 How to file a complaint

Contact the Director of Diversity and Equity/Title IX Coordinator, your College’s Assistant Dean of Students, CAPS Counselor, either of the Title IX Deputy Coordinators for Athletics and/or Director of the WoMen’s Center to explore your options (informal resolution or formal complaint).

  • If you decide to file a formal complaint, obtain a copy of the Sexual Harassment Policy and procedures, and a complaint form from Diversity and Equity Programs.
  • Complete the form and prepare a description of the incident(s) which includes a chronology, identifies the persons involved as well as naming witnesses, if any, to the incident(s). Attach the description to the complaint form.
  • Make an appointment with the Director of Diversity and Equity Programs to submit and discuss the complaint.