Title IX - Preventing Sex Discrimination

Cozen O'Connor Title IX and DHR Assessment

To strengthen its systems of care and compliance, the CSU engaged Cozen O'Connor’s Institutional Response Group(opens in new window) in 2022 and 2023 to conduct a systemwide assessment of Title IX and Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR) programs. The report identifies core observations and recommendations for improvements at both the system and university levels.

This detailed analysis serves as a roadmap to better prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment through prevention and education programs, resources for students and employees, and individual and community remedies to promote accountability in the context of an equitable process.

Chico State is committed to making meaningful and impactful changes needed to strengthen our Title IX and other anti-discrimination policies, programs, and support systems. We are thankful for those who have worked tirelessly toward creating an environment and culture of safety, free of discrimination and harassment. It is only in this environment that we can hope to learn, work, and live to our fullest potential. We are also appreciative of those who have come forward to share their experiences.

While the phases of implementation will take time, the continued effort and support of this community—from employees to students—are vital to our commitment to creating the best possible experience for everyone, now and in the future. We will continue to share updates with the campus community as progress is made on the recommendations.

Campus Updates and Communications on Implementation Plan

Implementation Team

  • Members

    • Chief of Staff – Seema Sehrawat (co-chair)
    • Assistant Vice President of Equal Opportunity and Dispute Resolution - Erika Romo (co-chair)
    • Associated Students President for 2023-24 – Autumn Alaniz-Wiggins
    • Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Success – Mahalley Allen
    • Department Chair, Journalism and Public Relations – Janell Bauer
    • Academic Senate Representative - Tim Sistrunk
    • Basic Needs Project – Emma Jewett
    • Director of Faculty Affairs Labor Relations – Scott Lynch
    • Advocate/Administrator, Wellcat Safe Place – Sawyer McAvoy
    • Director, Student Rights and Responsibilities – Maleta Wilson
    • Associate Vice President for Human Resources – Sheryl Woodward 
    • Executive Director of University Communications – Ashley Gebb
    • Assistant Professor, English - Nathan Heggins Bryant
    • Director, Recreational Sports - Kendall Ross
    • Clinical Director, WellCat Counseling Center - Ines Duenas
    • Student and Safe Space Peer Lead - Katie Callahan
    • Director of Adaptive Dispute Resolution Director - Seya Lumeya
    • Chico State Graduate Student - Emma Contreras
    • Chico State Graduate Student - Carly Hines
    • Chico State Student - Lexi Coffman
    • Associate Vice President for Student Affairs - Juanita Mottley
    • Clery Director and Compliance Investigator - Erin Tarabini
    • Administrative Support - Lisa James
  • Sub-Committees
    • Infrastructure and Resources: Sheryl Woodward (lead), Emma Jewett, Katie Callahan, Seema Sehrawat
      Focuses on developing a project plan to address infrastructure and resource gaps related to Title IX and DHR programs, including if the current physical location of the Title IX and DHR office (Kendall Hall) meet client needs.
    • Strengthening Internal Protocols: Mahalley Allen (lead), Scott Lynch, Emma Contreras, Carly Hines
      Focuses on accountability and strengthening internal protocols within the Title IX and DHR programs.
    • Communications: Ashley Gebb (co-lead), Janell Bauer (co-lead), Kendall Ross
      Focuses on maintaining transparency and accountability with our internal and external stakeholders, while using marketing and website improvements to create greater awareness of policies and resources related to Title IX and DHR programs.
    • Prevention and Education: Sawyer McAvoy (lead), Autumn Alaniz-Wiggins, Ines Duenas, Carly Hines, Lexi Coffman, Juanita Mottley, Erin Tarabini
      Focuses on attention to programming, training, professional development, and awareness related to Title IX and DHR programs and promoting legal compliance with the Violence Against Women Act provisions of the Clery Act.
    • Other Conduct of Concern: Seya Lumeya (lead), Maleta Wilson, Nathan Heggins Bryant, Tim Sistrunk
      Focuses on developing a statement of conduct in conjunction with the Chancellor's Office that encompasses unprofessional conduct, microaggressions, acts of intolerance, disruptive behavior, free speech, academic freedom, and professionalism as well as strengthening the protocols of professional development.

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