About Title IX and Gender Equity

WHAT is Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education programs.  

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  -Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

What we do

In order to make sure Cal State Fullerton is in compliance with Title IX, the Title IX and Gender Equity Office is responsible for ensuring that all programs and activities at Cal State Fullerton are free from sex and gender-based discrimination.  This applies to all academic, educational, extracurricular, and athletic activities (both on and off campus).  The California State University (CSU) has defined gender to include sex (which includes, but is not limited to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or any related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, and sex stereotyping.  In addition to sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault/sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation are all prohibited by CSU policy and addressed by Title IX and Gender Equity.  In order to do this, the work of Title IX and Gender Equity staff is divided in three areas.

Education & Training

The following groups of people receive ongoing training about policies and procedures.

  • All new employees
  • All new students
  • All employees (annual)
  • All students (annual)
  • Resident Advisors (twice a year)
  • Orientation Leaders (annually)
  • Athletes & Coaches (annually)
  • All members of fraternities, sororities and at-risk student student organizations (annually)

Addressing Complaints

Title IX and Gender Equity staff are responsible for providing appropriate follow-up to 100% of all complaints received within established timelines.  The list below includes examples of concerns and complaints from the campus community can be addressed.

  • Resource referral
  • Supportive Measures such as No Contact Directives, academic assistance and work adjustments
  • Assistance with relocating in the housing community
  • Assistance with moving to a different section of a class
  • Informal Resolution Agreements
  • Formal investigations and hearings (if applicable)

Prevention & Advocacy

Title IX and Gender Equity staff work collaboratively across campus on a variety of prevention and advocacy initiatives.  Below are some examples.

  • It's On US Titans
  • Step Up! Bystander Intervention
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) –April
  • Web site
  • Brochures
  • Classroom presentations