Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects students, employees and third-parties including visitors to campus from discrimination based on sex, gender and sexual orientation in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.  California Law and our Executive Orders cover gender expression and transgender statuses.


Our California State University Systemwide Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation policies and procedures (which include sexual misconduct) are linked here:

For Employees or Third-Parties (i.e., former students or employees, campus visitors):  CSU Systemwide Executive Order 1096

For StudentsCSU Systemwide Executive Order 1097

General Policy:  CSU Systemwide Executive Order 1095

The above policies detail our processes, procedures, definitions and training requirements. 

In addition, these Executive Order attachments provide additional information: 

Title IX Coordinator
 

A Title IX Coordinator is a management employee with delegated authority from the President to receive and coordinate responses to sexual harassment/misconduct reports.  For members of the Cal Poly community (students, faculty, staff, third parties and visitors) the Title IX Coordinator is Brian Gnandt, Director of Equal Opportunity or his designee.  Brian may be contacted at 805-756-1400 or bgnandt@calpoly.edu.  Location:  Building 33-290

Tiffany Little serves as Associate Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  She may be reached at 805-756-1420 or tilittle@calpoly.edu.  Location: Building 33-290

Kaitlyn Blakey serves as Assistant Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She may be reached at 805-756-1425 or kblakey@calpoly.edu.  Location:  Building 33-290.

Barbara Martinez, the compliance official for Athletics, serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for complaints within Athletics. She may be reached at bmartine@calpoly.edu or 805-756-5075

To report an incident of sexual violence, contact:

Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators

Brian Gnandt, Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 805.756.1400 or email: bgnandt@calpoly.edu
Location: Building 33-290
 
Tiffany Little, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Phone: 805.756.5237 or email: tilittle@calpoly.edu
Location: Building 33-290
 
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
Barbara Martinez, Compliance Official for Athletics
Phone:  805.756.5075 or bmartine@calpoly.edu
 

Resources

Complainants are entitled to a simultaneous criminal investigation.  Cal Poly Police, as employees, are required to report to Title IX.  Title IX does not report to criminal law enforcement without written consent.  

Cal Poly University Police (when you are on-campus)
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency:  805-756-2281
https://www.afd.calpoly.edu/police/

Local Police (when you are off-campus)
San Luis Obispo Police
Emergency:  911
Non-Emergency: 805-781-7317
Location: 1042 Walnut (at the intersection of Santa Rosa)

CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES

Cal Poly Counseling Services
805-756-2511 (available 24/7)
Location: Campus Health Center (Building 27 -135 - next to the Recreation Center

Confidential Victim Advocate* 
Cal Poly Safer
805-756-5883
Location:  Campus Health Center (Building 27 - 184)

Off-campus:  
Respect, Inspire, Support, Empower (RISE)
855-866-RISE, www.riseslo.org

Under our policies and procedures, reasonable INTERIM MEASURES AND ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS are available whether or not someone chooses to go forward with an investigation; and to both parties in an investigation.  Safer may obtain these if a complainant does not wish to disclose or report to law enforcement and/or Equal Opportunity.  

To obtain accommodations contact Christina Tutt in the Dean of Student's Office at 805-756-2477 or ctutt@calpoly.edu

HEALTH RESOURCES

Local Hospital Emergency Rooms - Open 24/7

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
805-546-7600
1010 Murray Avenue, San Luis Obispo

French Hospital 
805-542-6378
1911 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo

Complainants should not be deterred from reporting incidents of sexual misconduct out of a concern that they might be disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol, or other University policies.  The University's primary concern is student safety; therefore, except in extreme circumstances, victims of sexual violence shall not be subject to discipline for related violations of the Student Conduct Code.

Cal Poly employees who are mandated reporters under EO 1095 who are made aware of an incident of sexual harassment/violence are REQUIRED to report the incident to the Director of Equal Opportunity at 805.756.6770.  The Director of Equal Opportunity is our campus Title IX Coordinator.  Cal Poly employees should not report to law enforcement without consent of the student unless there is an immediate safety concern at hand. 

University Police reports to the Title IX Coordinator but the Title IX Coordinator does not, per our Executive Orders, report to the police absent written consent to do so. Complainants have a right to a concurrent but separate criminal and Title IX investigations.  The University's Title IX process may result in sanctions to employees, students or third parties up to and including mandatory education, suspension and/or termination of employment or expulsion.  The criminal process is separate from the University but the University supports students during that process.  The criminal process may result in criminal penalties up to and including incarceration. 

On a case-by-case basis, if the University determines that the potential for harm to the community outweighs the privacy and individual wishes of the complainant, then it will notify the Complainant via confidential email that he/she/they do not need to participate but that the University is going forward with an investigation.  The University will typically reach out one more time to offer the Complainant to participate in a preliminary review of evidence prior to the conclusion of the investigation. 

Upon the conclusion of the investigation and notice of investigation outcome via confidential email to the parties, both parties have 10 working days to appeal to the Chancellor's Office Appeals Unit located in Long Beach.  That contact information is provided in notices to the parties. 

Where violations are found and appeals exhausted, the Title IX Coordinator recommends appropriate sanctions to the appropriate unit on campus (Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Academic Personnel or Human Resources).  Sanctions must be both consistent with same or similar offenses and appropriate given the gravity of the offense committed.  Upon issuing of sanctions by the campus unit which has authority to do so, the sanction may be appealed, again, to the Chancellor's Office.  Complainants are notified of final sanctions in writing. 

When students are found in violation of Executive Orders 1096 and/or 1097, sanctions are imposed by David Groom, Associate Dean, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. That process is conducted consistent with CSU Systemwide Executive Order 1098

Employee discipline is processed consistent with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and applicable policies and procedures. 

Cal Poly's Annual Title IX Report

Fiscal Year 2017-2018

The Office of Equal Opportunity documents ALL reports of possible misconduct regardless of the level of detail reported.  Where reports do not include enough information to go forward with an investigation, those reports are held in abeyance. In some instances, the University may obtain additional information from other sources regarding the same incident.  If reports include a complainant's name, the University reaches out via confidential email to the complainant.  In certain instances, pursuant to the Executive Orders linked above, the University may initiate an investigation notwithstanding the wishes of the complainant where the safety of the community is known.  If the name of the Complainant and/or Respondent are not disclosed or reported, the University's response may be limited as a result.  

Non-Discrimination & Education Statement

California Polytechnic State University is acutely aware that sexual violence is an issue of critical concern in colleges and universities throughout the United States and that no institution is immune from this crime.  Despite our zero tolerance policy concerning sexual violence in any form, we realize this is an extremely underreported crime.  The university takes seriously its obligation to be proactive in educating students, faculty and staff about sexual violence.  A comprehensive institutional approach to address sexual assault ensures appropriate education as well as support services, and the creation of an environment that does not tolerate sexual violence.

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).  Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

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