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About Equal Opportunity and Dispute Resolution

The Equal Opportunity and Dispute Resolution unit provides training and assistance to the campus to implement and adhere to all policies, laws, and regulations relating to discrimination, harassment, and disability accommodation. The Equal Opportunity and Dispute Resolution unit also investigates and responds to staff and faculty claims of discrimination, sexual harassment and Whistleblower complaints.

Chico State strives to ensure that all employment practices are conducted in a non-discriminatory manner that ensures fair and equitable treatment for all applicants, staff, and faculty. The Equal Opportunity and Dispute Resolution unit may be reached at (530) 898-6771. Student Judicial Affairs is the contact for similar student complaints and may be reached at (530) 898-6897.

Accommodating Employees and Applicants with Disabilities

Affirmative Action

Discrimination and Harassment

California State University, Chico is committed to maintaining a work environment where every employee (Faculty, Staff and MPP), applicant, independent contractor, and student is treated with dignity and respect. CSU, Chico will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation on the basis of race, ancestry, color, sex, religion, age (40 or older), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, and/or national or ethnic origin, under any program of the University.

Inquiries concerning the application of federal and state laws, as well as CSU and campus policies may be referred to the following on-campus resources:

Discrimination and Harassment Policies and Procedures for Employees and Third Parties

Federal and State Legal References

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) is intended to protect children from abuse and neglect by imposing obligations and extending certain protections to certain groups of employees as "Mandated Reporters" of child abuse. (Cal. Penal Code §§11164-11174.3). CSU Executive Order 1083 which was updated on July 21, 2017, identifies two categories of Mandated Reporter:

  • General Reporters - those who are legally required to report child abuse or neglect no matter where it occurs.
  • Limited Reporters - those who are legally required to report child abuse or neglect only if it occurs on CSU premises or at an official activity of, or program conducted by, the CSU.

All Management Personnel Plan (MPP) employees and all volunteers are considered Limited Reporters, unless they are in positions that require the General Reporter designation (e.g. employees whose duties involve regular contact with children or who supervise such employees).

Procedure for Reporting

Mandated Reporters are legally required to report suspected child abuse or neglect as follows:

Step One: Immediately, or as soon as practically possible, contact by phone one of the following:

Step Two: Within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident:

EO 1083 states that all volunteers, and all CSU employees hired after 1/1/1985 identified as Mandated Reporters will be required to sign a statement that acknowledges their reporting obligations either as a General Reporter or Limited Reporter.

Mandated Reporters and all other employees, as well as volunteers, are strongly encouraged to complete the online training course provided at: http://www.csuchico.edu/training/

Additional information is available using the links below:

Nepotism

Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Processing for Faculty

Please contact the Office of International Education at (530) 898-5415 for assistance.

Other Relevant Documents

Title IX, the Campus SaVE Act, and Related Legislation: Systemwide Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating and Domestic Violence, Stalking Policy

Dylan Saake, Director of Labor Relations & Compliance is the designated Title IX Coordinator for CSU, Chico.  Please refer to the Title IX website for more information.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.  It reads:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." -Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to all programs at the university. While compliance with the law is everyone's responsibility at Chico State, the Director of Labor Relations & Compliance has primary responsibility for Title IX compliance. Duties and responsibilities are: monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX Compliance at the University; including coordination of training and education communications; and coordination with Student Affairs, Human Resources and Faculty Affairs on the processing of complaints and grievances alleging discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation to the extent they fall under Title IX and other members of the University community.

Inquiries concerning Title IX and its application may be referred to the following on-campus resources:

Veterans

Whistleblower Complaints

The Bureau of State Audits (BSA), investigates:

  • Illegal acts like theft, fraud, or conflicts of interest by state employees
  • Misuse or abuse of state property or time by state employees
  • Gross misconduct, incompetence, or inefficiency by state employees

To report the improper activities of state agencies or employees, employees or applicants for employment may contact the Bureau of State Audits by calling the California Whistleblower Hotline at 1 (800) 952-5665 or mail a written complaint to:

Investigations
Bureau of State Audits
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814

While employees and applicants for employment may call the BSA Hotline, they may also make a protected disclosure regarding whistleblowing or retaliation to

Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Office of the Chancellor
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

or to the on-campus administrator appointed by the President to receive such disclosures,

Sheryl Woodward
Assistant Vice President for Staff Human Resources
Kendall Hall 211
(530) 898-6771

Resources

Workplace Violence

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