Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." The law protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

The types of discrimination covered under Title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics and discrimination based on pregnancy. Title IX is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

The University takes all complaints of sexual misconduct seriously and offers compassionate support to anyone in the campus community who becomes the victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, stalking or retaliation.

Such acts are illegal and violate the policies of Sacramento State and the California State University (CSU). Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education.

In 2014, California became the first state to enact "yes means yes" legislation. Under the law, the definition of consent requires "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." To learn more about affirmative consent, visit the sexual assault web page.

In October 2000, Sacramento State became the first of the 23 CSU campuses to hire a dedicated Victim Advocate.

Sacramento State is obligated to keep our campus safe for everyone. VIDEO link here.

Sacramento State Staff and Faculty Responsibility

All employees, other than physicians, licensed and sexual assault counselors and the Victim Advocate, must report incidents of sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator. And to the extent possible, that information will be shared only with individuals responsible for handling the University's response to the incident. Sacramento State will protect victims' privacy except as otherwise required by law or University policy.

The University does not require victims to participate in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding unless they wish to. And the University generally will not notify parents or legal guardians unless the victim is under age 18 or provides the University with written permission to do so.

Tips for Responding to a Disclosure 

Student Club or Organization Advisor – Title IX and Reporting Obligations

Title IX Resources

Sacramento State’s 2016-17 Sexual Misconduct Statistics

10 Ways to Distinguish Consent 

Tips for Responding to a Disclosure 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act 

Know Your Rights and Options 


Campus Safety

The Sacramento State Police Department provides the Hornet Safety Escort service on campus after dark.

More than 130 emergency phones scattered throughout campus and at the Upper Eastside Lofts are marked with high-visibility blue lights.

ASI’s Safe Rides is free and operates 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday during the academic year, with a valid One Card. (916) 278-8294 or www.asi.csus.edu/saferides

The Hornet Night Shuttle, a program of University Transportation & Parking Services (UTAPS), provides rides to all campus locations between 6 and 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the academic year. (916) 278-7260 or email shuttle@csus.edu


Sacramento State is a leader in awareness efforts

The University has been at the forefront of sexual violence awareness and victim advocacy for many years. Sacramento State continues its commitment to maintaining a safe campus.

In 2000, Sac State became the first of the 23 California State University campuses to hire a dedicated Victim Advocate.

In 2005, Sac State introduced the CSU system's first sexual misconduct policy.

In 2014, the University's Title IX Sexual Violence Awareness Team made its debut. The interdepartmental team monitors the implementation of Title IX compliance for our campus and is led by the Title IX coordinator.

The "We Care. We Will Help" campaign was introduced at the start of the 2014-15 academic year. In the first two months after launch, the Victim Advocate saw 26 student clients, compared with the 18 she helped during the entire Fall 2013 semester and the 22 in Fall 2012. One student approached a Title IX investigator for help with an incident after seeing a "We Care. We Will Help" poster.

Sac State's Crisis Intervention Team debuted in 1996. In November 2014, the team elevated its efforts to prevent campus violence by hiring its first case manager/coordinator. Students, faculty, and staff may contact her if someone on campus makes them feel uncomfortable.

Since 2010, incoming students have been required to watch and be tested on a sexual assault tutorial. They must score 75 percent or better to register for future classes.

Incoming athletes and most of the Greek life community voluntarily undergo annual sexual violence awareness training. Residence hall advisors and peer health educators receive similar training.

Associated Students Inc. (ASI) signed a resolution against sexual violence in 2013. Lauren Lombardo, the 2014-15 ASI president, signed the White House initiative "It's On Us" on behalf of Sac State.

In 2014, the Women's Resource Center created the "Men Who Ask" campaign designed to encourage fraternity men to take an active role in preventing sexual assault. Some members of the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, along with the Latino Greek Council, received bystander intervention training and served on an educational panel focused on the Greek community, bystander intervention, and consent.

Alpha Chi Omega's annual Luminary Project raises awareness about domestic violence.

Sac State's Air Force ROTC cadets have undergone awareness training provided by Travis Air Force Base's Sexual Assault Response Coordinators.

Domestic/dating violence awareness was the theme of the 2014 Hornet Homecoming football game and a women's basketball game in 2015.