CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING AND RESOLVING INCIDENTS OF DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT

A. PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY BOARD ON NONDISCRIMINATION AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The Presidential Advisory Board on Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action is the appropriate body to take a proactive stance in preventing incidents of racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment and to serve as bridge-builders between potentially conflicting groups on campus. The Board will monitor issues of racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment and will work to create a climate free from racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment. The responsibilities of the Board include the following:

B. STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

California State University, Northridge is committed to creating and maintaining a working and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. Discrimination and harassment based upon race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or age violate both personal integrity and professional responsibility and will not be tolerated by the University. Discrimination and harassment subvert the mission of the University and damage the careers, educational experience, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. The intimidation, whether obvious or subtle, involved in racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment stifles personal and intellectual development and attacks the principles of honesty and academic freedom that are the responsibility of the University and its agents to foster. Racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment undermine the respect students and the community have for the University.

All students, faculty, and staff should be aware that California State University, Northridge condemns and will take action to eliminate racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment. Racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment are conduct that may be subject to disciplinary action.

All members of the University community are encouraged to speak out against racial, religious, sexual, ethnic, and other types of bigotry and intolerance. Standing up for one's rights and the rights of others is basic to a just society and a classic example of how to condemn unacceptable behavior while affirming the importance of freedom of expression.

If an employee of the University becomes aware of an incident of racial or other forms of discrimination or harassment, legally the University may be deemed to have knowledge of the incident. Every manager, administrator, and supervisor has the responsibility to report allegations of discrimination and harassment. Other employees are strongly encouraged to advise the person who is making the allegation (the complainant) to report it to a member of the Committee to Receive Allegations of Discrimination and Harassment. If the complainant is unwilling to report the incident, the person who has heard the complaint is encouraged to contact a member of the Committee about the complaint.

Any member of the University community who hears allegations of racial or other forms of discrimination and harassment must respect the privacy of both the complainant and the subject of the complaint.

C. DEFINITION

Conduct that denigrates, humiliates, or stigmatizes individuals or groups of individuals based upon race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or age at The California State University is prohibited by the Board of Trustees' "Principles of Campus Community Statement." (Harassment of a sexual nature is prohibited at The California State University by Executive Order No. 345. The "Procedures for Addressing Allegations of Sexual Harassment," June 5, 1989, are to be used for resolving allegations of sexual harassment.) All other incidents of racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment are subject to these procedures.

Racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment are defined as conduct based on race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or age that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's education or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Such conduct is covered by this policy if it:

D. EXAMPLES OF RACIAL AND OTHER FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT

Examples of racial and other forms of discrimination and harassment may include, but are not limited to: