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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

Pursuant to a recently amended state law called the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), on December 21, 2012, Executive Order 1083 was issued and became effective on January 1, 2013.   This change in the law was adopted by the state legislature in Sacramento, and requires CSU employees to report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect. Executive Order 1083 affects all employees and was reviewed with all Unions by the Chancellor’s Office before it was published.

Highlights of Executive Order 1083 (Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect):

  • All CSU employees are designated mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect.
  • As a designated mandated reporter, whenever an employee, in his/her professional capacity or within the course of his/her employment, has knowledge of or reasonably suspects child abuse or neglect has occurred, the employee must report the incident.
  • A Report of suspected child abuse must be made to University Police immediately or as soon as practically possible.  The University Police can be reached at (530) 898-5555.
  • After making the report to campus police, employees must complete and submit Department of Justice form SS 8572 (Attachment D of Executive Order 1083) to University Police within 36 hours of coming into information regarding the incident of suspected abuse or neglect.
  • Mandatory Training on the Child Abuse and Neglect Act will be provided to all employees at a later date.  At such time, you will be required to complete and submit a “Certificate of Training Completion” to the Human Resources Service Center.
  • The Mandated Reporting Coordinator, Dylan Saake, is available to assist employees in identifying whether there is a reasonable suspicion that abuse has occurred and how to report it, and provide appropriate resources. He can be reached through the Human Resources Services Center at (530) 898-6771.

Please read the Executive Order and Attachments by clicking on the links below:

Additional information is available using the links below:


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:


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:

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


Workplace Violence

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