Office of the President

Joseph Castro Resigns as CSU Chancellor

Feb. 18, 2022

Dear Cal Poly Pomona Community,

Yesterday evening, Chancellor Joseph Castro notified the CSU Board of Trustees of his resignation, effective immediately. In their meeting next month, the Trustees intend to vote on initiation of a comprehensive systemwide assessment of the CSU’s Title IX policies and practices to strengthen institutional culture, response and accountability.

As I reaffirmed in my message to campus on Feb. 7, it is the policy and practice of Cal Poly Pomona to actively prevent, address and stop discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including all forms of sexual misconduct. We support and encourage prompt reporting of sexual misconduct, and all matters reported to the Office of Equity and Compliance are diligently assessed by trained Title IX professionals.

I realize that these matters and yesterday’s announcement may be particularly painful for some members of our campus community. To all those in need, I urge you to take advantage of the campus resources available to all students, faculty and staff. Students may reach out to Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at 909-869-3220 for support and assistance, and faculty and staff can call 1-800-367-7474 (CPPLifeMatters) or visit

It is a university’s fundamental responsibility to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. And it is our individual and collective responsibility to provide an inclusive, caring, respectful and welcoming environment in which to learn and work.


Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D.