Gender Equity / Title IX
In April of 2011, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights issued a lengthy letter to campuses outlining responsibilities pertaining to Title IX, “a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an educational institution’s academic, educational, extracurricular and athletic activities (both on and off campus).” This includes sexual and gender discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, and acts of sexual violence. Prior to the 2011 letter, Title IX largely pertained only to Athletics; this letter redefined and expanded Title IX’s scope.
Each campus must have a Title IX Coordinator. For CSUSB, Tera Bisbee, Director of Ombuds and Gender Equity, is appointed to oversee Title IX responsibilities. All campus-related cases of sex/gender/sexual orientation discrimination, harassment or retaliation should be referred to her; this includes allegations by students, staff, faculty, applicants, etc. She will oversee a team of CSUSB personnel designated to investigate complaints under a variety of executive orders, complaint processes and policies.
If incidents of discrimination or harassment are referred to the Title IX Coordinator, and she believes them to cross the line into criminal activity, they will be referred by her directly to the University Police Department.
Acts of criminal sexual activity and incidents of sexual violence, such as sexual assault, sexual coercion, and dating/domestic violence should be reported directly to the University Police department. The Title IX Coordinator will work closely with Judicial Affairs and the University Police Department on these types of cases.
CSUSB is committed to addressing complaints of sexual harassment in a prompt and equitable manner.
For an OVERVIEW of Gender Equity and Title IX, please view our PowerPoint Presentation.
A student-produced sexual assault video was created by the Communications 345 class for Title IX--as you will see, they did an excellent job.