Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence (Title IX)

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and certain other federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal funds. Title IX forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs. Title IX also forbids discrimination because of gender in employment and recruitment consideration or selection, whether full time or part time under any educational program or activity operated by an institution receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance. Areas covered under Title IX include, but are not limited to admissions, financial aid, employment, health services, counseling, recruitment consideration/selection, athletics, housing, and grading.

California State University, Chico will not tolerate any kind of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, or violence toward students, faculty, staff or other members of the university community.

1. Sexual Harassment, as defined in California Education Code §212.5, consists of both non-sexual conduct based on sex or sex-stereotyping and conduct that is sexual in nature, and includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature where: 

 a. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the Student is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting the Student's academic status or progress, or access to benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the University; or 

 b. The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Student, and is in fact considered by the Student, as limiting the Student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University. 

 2. Sexual Violence is a form of Sexual Harassment. Sexual Violence means physical sexual acts (such as unwelcome sexual touching, sexual assault, sexual battery and rape) perpetrated against a Student without consent or against a Student who is incapable of giving consent due to Age, Disability, or use of drugs or alcohol.

Assistance filing a report of harassment or violence: Students who believe they have been harassed should seek information and/or assistance through the Director of Student Judicial Affairs, located in Kendall Hall room 118, or by phone at (530) 898-6897. The Director for Student Judicial Affairs will report cases of alleged sexual harassment/violence to the Title IX coordinator, and in cases involving harassment/violence by University employees, will also report to the Director of Labor Relations and Compliance. 

Title IX Coordinator

The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs is the designated Title IX Coordinator at California State University, Chico. Individuals who believe they have been subjected to a Title IX Violation, please contact the office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 530-898-6131. 

Pedro W. Douglas
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 530-898-6131

Lisa Root
Director of Student Judicial Affairs / Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 530-898-6897

Kathleen Moroney
Assistant to the AVP
Phone: 530-898-6131

Dylan Saake
Director of Labor Relations and Compliance, Human Resources Service Center / Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 530-898-3116

Evanne O’Donnell
Director of Labor Relations, Faculty Affairs / Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Maurice Bryan
Associate Director of Student Judicial Affairs / Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Anita Barker
Director of Athletics / Title IX Compliance Coordinator

For immediate assistance:  

Call 911 or University Police at 530-898-5555

Emergency Response

For support and resources:  

Safe Place


Organizational Chart

Procedure for Handling Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints - EO 1074

Student Conduct Procedure - Title IX - EO 1073

Description of Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment Myths and Realities

Complaint and Action Guidelines

Student Affairs Resources