Cozen O'Connor Assessments

As part of a California State University effort to improve Title IX processes, the Cozen O’Connor Institutional Response Group assessed how the CSU and its 23 campuses respond to reports and incidents of discrimination and harassment—which includes all conduct that falls under Title IX.

Cozen O’Connor compiled its findings in a report, which identifies core observations for improvements both at the system level, and those applicable to each of the 23 CSU campuses.

Title IX and Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation (DHR) Assessments

Implementation Team

The Implementation Team, is a broad cross-section of campus stakeholders who are responsible for recommending how to implement Cozen O’Connor’s suggestions. Additionally the team is charged with developing a communications plan designed to keep the campus community apprised about the implementation process and status.

  • Anthony Casas, Associate Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Carla Ho'a, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance & Chief Financial Officer
  • David Hickcox, Title IX Coordinator & Discrimination,Harassment & Retaliation Prevention Administrator
  • Donyet King, Senior Director of Housing
  • Grant Landy, Coach Women's Soccer
  • Mitch Mitchell, Dean of Students
  • Samuel Parker, President of Associated Students
  • Xena Pastor-Nuila, Coordinator of Risk Management & Safety
  • Kimberly White, Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
  • James Woglom, Associate Professor (Art Department), Incoming Senate Chair

Minutes from Meetings

Timeline

What we’ve done
  • November 8, 2023 - submitted Final Communications Plan to Chancellor's Office
  • October 2023 - developed spreadsheets (one for each recommendation):
  • September 2023 - Kickoff Meeting with Implementation Team Members on September 6, 2023
  • July 2023 - Cozen Implementation Team met with vice presidents and stakeholders to begin work on systematically addressing reports of behavior that do not constitute violations of the Nondiscrimination Policy, but still must be addressed.
  • April 2023 - Cal Poly Humboldt’s Cozen O’Connor Implementation Team announced
  • January 2023 - CSU Title IX Assessment Survey distributed campus-wide
  • December 2022 - Cozen O’Connor’s site visit to Cal Poly Humboldt
What we’re doing
  • Reviewing barriers and gaps within the current grievance processes
  • Developing and refining clear processes for grievances of varying severity to be addressed and resolved through Title IX & DHR, Dean of Students, Human Resources, and Academic Personnel Services
  • Collaborating with campus & community partners to facilitate a two-day summit “Violence Prevention Summit: Building a Culture of Safety” on College of the Redwoods campuses (main and two satellite)
  • Creating a clear communications plan regarding the status of implementation efforts for our campus community and key stakeholders
Next steps
  • Review published Cozen O’Connor reports for both Cal Poly Humboldt and the CSU
  • Implement the use of a shared case management system, Maxient, across key departments (Title IX & DHR, Dean of Students, Human Resources, and Academic Personnel Services)

Resources and Links

CSU Cozen O’Connor Website
Communications and updates, more information on the Title IX/DHR Assessment and the 2023 California State Auditor Report.