Notice of Nondiscrimination Based on Sex or Gender
In an effort to ensure all students, faculty, and staff are aware of the systemwide and SJSU policies and procedures relating to Title IX and gender equity - including sexual harrasment and sexual misconduct (such as sexual assault), as well as the Discrimination, Harrassment and Retaliation (DHR) policies and procedures contained in the same CSU Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 - this notification is shared with the campus community periodically.
This notification provides information about the available resources at SJSU and our response protocols in the event that you or someone you know experiences sexual misconduct or sexual harassment, discrimination, or harassment based on any protected status, as well as retaliation for filing a complaint or participating in the Title IX or DHR process. To learn more about SJSU’s policies and procedures relating to Title IX and Gender Equity and DHR, we encourage you to visit the Title IX and Equal Opportunity websites.
For more information, view the CSU Nondiscrimination Policy and Complaint Procedures .
Statement of Nondiscrimination
The California State University (CSU) is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that values diversity and fosters tolerance and mutual respect. CSU does not discriminate, and does not tolerate discrimination, on the basis of sex or gender, which includes gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation or sex stereotype 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 or gender or sexual orientation in employment, as well as in all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus). The protection against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and dating and domestic violence and stalking.
Title IX requires SJSU to designate a Title IX Coordinator to monitor and oversee overall Title IX compliance. The Title IX Coordinator is available to explain and discuss the right to file a criminal complaint (for example, in cases of sexual conduct); SJSU’s complaint process, including the investigation process; how confidentiality is handled; available resources, both on and off campus; and other related matters.
The Office of Equal Opportunity is responsible for oversight of compliance with non-discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on Age, Disability (physical and mental), Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Nationality, Race or Ethnicity (including color or ancestry, Religion or Religious Creed), and/or Veteran Status or Military Status, and other characteristics that make our community unique.
When an allegation has been made that a student has violated the Interim CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation, Executive Order 1098 or any of the Standards for Student Conduct (Title 5, section 41301 of the California Code of Regulations), and the student is under inquiry and/or investigation or a sanction has been applied for a violation, degree conferral may be impacted. If a student is expelled from the University, regardless of academic progress, including when a student has completed all academic requirements at the time of the expulsion, the student will not receive a degree. Expulsion means permanent separation from the University and no degree will be conferred.
Who To Contact
Title IX and CSU policy requires SJSU to designate a Title IX Coordinator and DHR Administrator to monitor and oversee overall Title IX compliance and complaints regarding discrimination and harassment based on a protected status other than gender/sex. The Title IX Coordinator and the DHR Administrator are available to explain and discuss the university’s complaint process, including the investigation process; available resources, both on and off campus; and supportive measures, which could include accommodations related to academics, housing, or physical safety.
SJSU’s Title IX and Equal Opportunity offices directly support these efforts by providing expertise, responding to questions and administering the processes. Providing links to these Executive Orders is another way to ensure you know how to access the appropriate resources should you need to file a report or seek support.
SJSU Title IX and Equal Opportunity Contact Information
William “Skip” Bishop, Title IX and Gender Equity Officer (as of November 1, 2021)
Administration Building, Room 112
SJSU Office of Equal Opportunity contact information:
Julie Paisant, Senior Director, DHR Administrator
Additional Reporting Options
You have the right to file a complaint outside of the process outlined in Executive Orders 1096/1097.
- With respect to Title IX complaints, complaints may also be filed and questions addressed to: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200 San Francisco, CA 94105-1813 Telephone: 415-486-5555 FAX: 415-486-5570; TDD: 800-877-8339 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- With respect to DHR complaints, you may also file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment, 2570 North First Street, #480 San Jose, CA 95131, (408) 325-0344 and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 96 North Third Street, #250, San Jose, California 95112, (800) 669-4000.
Links to Policies
CSU Systemwide Sex Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking Policy, please see CSU Executive Order 1095. For policies and procedures regarding complaints by Employees and Third Parties, please see CSU Executive Order 1096 (Revised August 14, 2020). For policies and procedures regarding complaints by students alleging Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence and Stalking, please reference CSU Executive Order 1097.