Title IX/Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Reporting Process

Most of the information on this page refers to Title IX and Title IX procedures; however, the Title IX office also processes reports of discrimination, harassment and retaliation (DHR). The report link for Title IX is the same for DHR matters.

Duty to Report vs Mandated Reporter

Duty to Report

Almost every CSUMB employee (faculty, staff, administrators, and student assistants) has a “duty to report.” This means they are required to notify the Title IX & DHR Prevention Office if they learn about allegations that may violate Title IX, DHR & CSU Nondiscrimination Policy. The only exceptions are certain healthcare providers. If you are exempt, you will know.

Mandated Reporter

There are certain employees (identified by CSU EO 1083) who are required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Generally speaking, these are people who work with minors. If you are a mandated reporter, you will be notified by Human Resources.

Safety of the Campus Community is Primary

The university’s primary concern is the safety of its campus community members. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the victim at fault for sexual discrimination, harassment or violence; therefore, victims should not be deterred from reporting incidents of sexual violence out of a concern that they might be disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol or other university policies. 

Any Student who participates as a Complainant or witness in a Complaint process (including investigation or hearing) relating to Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, or Stalking that fall under these procedures will not be subject to discipline for related violations of the Standards for Student Conduct at or near the time of the incident, unless the campus determines that the violation was egregious, including, but not limited to, an action that places the health or safety of any other person at risk or involves plagiarism, cheating, or academic dishonesty. The campus may, however, take other appropriate action including having an educational discussion with the Student. Except in extreme circumstances, victims of sexual violence shall not be subject to discipline for related violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Submitting a Title IX Report

Utilize the online reporting tool to submit a report. Submitting a report involves completing an online form with the following information:

  • Any names and CSUMB ID numbers (Complainant, Respondent, Witnesses, etc. if known).
  • If you are reporting due to your employee duty to report, you cannot submit the report without the complainant information.
  • Date, time and location (if known).
  • A description of the situation, incident/behavior, or concern, as you have available to you

If you are reporting due to your employee duty to report, remember: you are not an investigator - share what was shared with you only; do not guess or decide what allegations the complainant has unless they’ve been shared by the complainant themselves. 

  • Any additional documentation such as emails, texts, etc., please attach to the report.

If you have concerns about the safety of any individuals, contact University Police (831-655-0268) who will assist in determining the appropriate course of action.

Tips and suggestions for submitting a report

Upon receipt of a report, outreach is conducted with the Complainant and a request for a meeting with the Complainant is offered. The Title IX/DHR office will meet with the Complainant for a preliminary meeting, and Complaintants may decide to have a support advisor present with them.

The purpose of the preliminary meeting is to help our office gain a basic understanding of the nature and circumstances of the report or formal complaint; it is not intended to be a full investigation interview. During this meeting, we will seek to determine how the Complainant wishes to proceed.

Options can range from: 

  1. Not pursuing resolution of any kind; or
  2. pursuing something through our Formal Complaint process. Supportive measures will be offered to the Complainant at this meeting, regardless if a formal complaint is filed or not.

The Title IX Coordinator will follow up the meeting with a summary of the intake meeting. This can include the option selected with any accompanying supportive measures, or a referral to appropriate office if non-jurisdictional to Title IX/DHR, etc. This written explanation will be sent through email.

The Campus Advocate is available for advocacy and accompaniment during any part the university reporting and investigative processes, and can be included on all electronic communications between our office and the Complainant.