TITLE IX - 20 U.S.C. § 1681 & C.F.R. Part 106 (1972): "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 educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education. Title IX applies to all recipients of federal funds (both public and private institutions) and covers:

  1. Non-discrimination based on sex or gender
  2. Sexual harassment and sexual assault
  3. Program equity, such as athletics.

To ensure compliance with Title IX and other laws, California State University (CSU) policy prohibits:

  • Discrimination, including Harassment, because of any Protected Status
  • Retaliation against anyone exercising rights under this policy or participating in any related investigation or proceeding
  • Sexual Misconduct, which includes sexual activity engaged in without Affirmative Consent
  • Dating and Domestic Violence and Stalking

HSU's Title IX Coordinator & Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (DHR) Prevention Administrator implements this policy and oversees and coordinates prompt and equitable grievance procedures for students, staff, and faculty. The Title IX & DHR Prevention Office, Deputy Coordinators, Investigators, and Campus Partners stand ready to assist any member of the campus community who has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct.

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During the campus closure due to COVID-19, we are available by email or phone to answer questions, offer supportive measures and other services, or to receive reports:

David Hickcox
Title IX Coordinator and DHR Prevention Administrator
Email: david.hickcox@humboldt.edu
Office: (707) 826-5177 (M-F, 8am-5pm)
Cell: (707) 296-4032 (any time)

Allan Ford
Title IX and DHR Investigator
Email: allan.ford@humboldt.edu

Nicki Viso
Title IX and DHR Prevention Program Analyst
Email: nicki.viso@humboldt.edu
Office: (707) 826-5542 (M-F, 9am-6pm)

Changes to Federal Title IX Regulations

The U.S. Department of Education acknowledges that Humboldt State University and other universities may address misconduct through their policies and through state law, and Humboldt State is firmly committed to responding to and addressing sexual harassment and sexual misconduct that affects the CSU community. In the case of California law and CSU policy, policies are more expansive than the conduct prohibited by the Federal Regulations.

Effective immediately, the Chancellor’s Office has issued Addendum B: Federal Mandated Hearing Addendum, which accompanies CSU Executive Orders 1096 and 1097, and which outlines the policy and procedures required under the Title IX Federal Regulations. Please note that regardless of the Federal Regulations, our policies governing sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sex- and gender-based discrimination, as stated in Executive Orders 10951096 and 1097, still remain fully in effect.

Regardless of which process, or whether a case meets criteria for an investigation, our office will continue providing supportive measures and other services, conduct intakes relating to reports and complaints of sex- and gender-based misconduct, and coordinate with other campus offices on issues of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and discrimination/harassment based retaliation.

For more information on how this impacts Title IX at HSU, check out this resource created by HSU's CHECK IT: