The Campus Climate Committee; Replaces EM 06-001/EM 05-011; EO 927 Compliance Committee

Executive Memorandum 08-020

May 28, 2008

From: Paul J. Zingg, President

Subject: The Campus Climate Committee; Replaces EM 06-001/EM 05-011; EO 927 Compliance Committee

THE CAMPUS CLIMATE COMMITTEE

Preamble

Upon the recommendation of the Academic Senate, the Campus Climate Committee is constituted.

Charge

The Campus Climate Committee will serve as an advisory committee that reports annually to the Academic Senate. One purpose of the Committee is to aid in the implementation of EO 927. EO 927 “broadens the scope of what was once the CSU's sexual harassment policy to one that prohibits unlawful harassment based on any statutory category protected by the Fair Employment and Housing Act.” EO 927 “reemphasizes the importance of training the CSU community on anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies and procedures in order to prevent and correct harassment.”

The University Campus Climate Committee’s charge will focus on preventing and correcting unlawful harassment and/or retaliatory acts involving employees, applicants, and independent contractors based on the statutory categories identified by the Fair Employment and Housing Act (i.e., race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, and covered veteran status) through education and other outreach efforts. The Committee will also focus on preventing and correcting unlawful harassment and/or retaliatory acts involving administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other members of the campus community (such as guests, vendors, volunteers) who may be covered by the campus Policy on Sexual Harassment (EM 99-020) or other State or Federal laws and regulations. Additionally, the Committee will focus on education and outreach efforts on anti-retaliation policies and procedures. The Committee will not be directly involved in receiving harassment and/or retaliation complaints, investigating such complaints, or developing resolutions.

Responsibilities of the Committee include but are not limited to

  • Recommending revisions to anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies and procedures;
  • Increasing awareness of the University’s anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies and procedures through on-going education and outreach efforts (e.g., training programs, workshops, speakers, conferences, publications);
  • Partnering with other campus and community organizations to identify potential problems and proactively address all forms of harassment and retaliation;
  • Providing a forum to discuss general campus harassment and retaliation issues and concerns (excluding personal complaints);
  • Assessing the campus climate and the efficacy of anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies and procedures;
  • Addressing other issues related to management/employee/student relations. (e.g., hostile work environment)

Type

The University Campus Climate Committee is a permanent committee as authorized by Article VI, Section 2 of the Academic Senate Constitution.

Reporting Relationship

The University Campus Climate Committee reports to the Academic Senate. The Committee will provide a report in the spring semester.

Basic Structure

Membership

Ex Officio

  • The Director of Employment Practices (or annual designee)
  • The Director of Psychological Counseling (or annual designee)
  • The Director of Student Judicial Affairs (or annual designee)
  • The Director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (or annual designee)
  • The Director of University Housing and Food Services (or annual designee)
  • The Director of Disability Support Services (or annual designee)
  • The Chief of University Police (or annual designee)
  • The University Diversity Coordinator (or annual designee)
  • The Director of the Women's Center (or annual designee)
  • The Chair of the University Equal Opportunity Committee (or annual designee)

Appointed to one-year terms

  • One faculty member, who is a member of FASP, appointed by the Senate Executive Committee
  • One staff member, who is a member of FASP, appointed by the Senate Executive Committee
  • One student member, appointed by the Associated Students Board of Directors

Officers

The Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary will be elected by the Committee.

First Meeting

Director of Employment Practices will call the first meeting in September.