Office of Equity and Compliance

OEC Compliance Scope

Federal Law

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sex in all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus).  This includes employment, academic, educational, extracurricular and athletic activities. Title IX protects all people regardless of their sex and gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender based dating and domestic violence and stalking. 

Additionally, Title IX prohibits retaliation against those that file a complaint or participate in the filing of a complaint of sex discrimination.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 is an amended Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Crime Statistics Act, commonly called the Clery Act, under its Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act) provision. VAWA/Campus SaVE Act clarifies that "sexual violence" includes domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, which must be included in campus Clery reports, and also requires that institutional policies address and prevent sexual violence through training, education, and certain discipline procedures.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. ensures that those living with disabilities have access to all of the same opportunities as those without disabilities. 

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sections 503, 504, 508 ensures that an individual's disability alone cannot solely exclude them from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance; that such employers must take affirmative action to employ and advance qualified individuals with disabilities; and that individuals with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of the information and data by those who are not individuals with disabilities.

State Law

The California Equity in Higher Education Act prohibits discrimination based on any protected status, including gender or sex, in all postsecondary institutions in the state.

The Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits employers of five or more employees to discriminate against job applicants and employees because of a protected category, or retaliate against them because they have asserted their rights under the law. Additionally prohibits harassment based on a protected category against an employee, an applicant, an unpaid intern or volunteer, or a contractor, in all workplaces regardless of size. 

California Education Code § 67302 requires that printed instructional materials purchased for student use by the University must provide an electronic format and be compatible with commonly used braile translation and speech synthesis software.

California Education Code § 67310-13 requires accountability and oversight of state funds provided to postsecondary programs and services for students with disabilities, which includes ensuring that these state funded activities are unique, directly related to the functional limitations of students to be served, ensure students' full access to and participation in the educational process, and carried out in the most integrated setting possible, and that postsecondary institutions demonstrate program effectiveness evaluations for services to students with disabilities. 

California Government Code § 12940 prohibits employers from refusing to hire or employ a person, or to discriminate against the person in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment,  because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status.

California Education Code § 67385.7 et seq. requires the CSU to provide educational and preventive information about sexual violence to students.

The California Campus Blueprint to Address Sexual Assault provides guidance on steps that can be taken to improve individual campus responses to sexual assault.

CSU Systemwide Policies

CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation (Nondiscrimination Policy) 

Executive Order 1098

Student Conduct Procedures | Executive Order 1098| Revised August 14, 2020

Executive Order 1111

Disability Support and Accommodations | Executive Order 1111 | Revised March 28, 2022

Executive Order 1116

Complaint Procedure for Allegations of Retaliation for Having Made a Protected Disclosure under the California Whistleblower Protection Act | Revised September 12, 2018

President's Reaffirmation 

Whistleblower Poster 

Whistleblower Brochure