Appendix O

The California State University Policy Statement on Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action in Employment

Executive Order:  883

Title:  Systemwide Guidelines for Nondiscriminationand Affirmative Action Programs in Employment

Effective Date:  October 31, 2003


A.  Purpose

The California State University (CSU) is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws and regulations.

Accordingly, discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, medical condition and covered veteran status is prohibited.  ("Disability" and "medical condition" as used herein are consistent with the definitions provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act.)  Moreover, retaliation against individuals who have or are believed to have filed a discrimination complaint, opposed a discriminatory act or participated in a discrimination investigation or proceeding, is prohibited.  With regard to qualified individuals with a disability or medical condition, CSU shall, upon request, provide reasonable accommodation so that they may perform the essential duties of their jobs, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the CSU.  Reasonable accommodation is to be determined by CSU following its receipt of an individual's request for accommodation and engagement in an interactive process with the individual to identify the nature and extent of the individual's restrictions and the appropriate reasonable accommodation.

B.  Program Development

To execute the purpose stated above, each campus shall establish and maintain written affirmative action programs and a set of procedures that are consistent with all applicable state and federal laws, regulations and Trustee policies governing nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

C.  Authority for Program Development and Compliance

1.  Systemwide

The chancellor shall be responsible for providing systemwide leadership in the effective adoption and implementation of nondiscrimination policies and affirmative action programs.

2.  Campus

The president or his/her designee at each campus shall be responsible for the development and implementation of that campus' nondiscrimination policies and affirmative action programs.  This includes, but is not limited to, promulgating the affirmative action programs and nondiscrimination policies (including policies for providing reasonable accommodations), communicating the programs and policies to the campus community, conducting employee training on the nondiscrimination, equal employment and affirmative action obligations of the CSU, and designing an administrative support structure that facilitates compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and Trustee policies.  The training mentioned in this paragraph should cover, but is not limited to:  the types of discrimination (including sexual harassment, racial, ethnic, national origin, sex, and disability discrimination), the methods of reporting discrimination, and the respective responsibilities of management and staff in reporting, investigating and resolving discrimination complaints.  It is recommended that training be provided to all new employees shortly after their start dates and periodically thereafter.  It is further recommended that information contained in the training be made accessible for reference by current employees annually.