Our commitment to fight sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination


This message was sent on February 22, 2022 to all students, faculty and staff by CSUMB President, Eduardo M. Ochoa

Dear campus community,

CSU Monterey Bay is an institution founded on the principles of equity, inclusion, and access. I am saddened to read the media reports about members of the CSU community who have experienced sexual harassment and discrimination, and express my support to them and their families. In light of recent events, we believe it is imperative to reaffirm our commitment to combat sexual harassment, bullying, and any behavior contrary to our university’s values ​​of respect and empathy.

At CSUMB, our processes for addressing violations of Title IX and CSU policies against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are in place and well-designed. We support the administrators’ decision to undertake a CSU-wide study of Title IX policies and procedures — there is always room for improvement in our efforts to counter these types of behaviors. In addition, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that existing policies and procedures – and any future enhancements – are applied consistently and uniformly to be effective.

CSUMB is a safe place for people of all races, ethnicities, heritages and genders. We value all contributions and believe that a diverse campus enriches the quality of education for our students. Our community remains diligent in the practice of reporting, seeking support services, and using campus resources – fostering inclusive excellence in all that we do. We take reports of all types of discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, seriously and investigate every reported allegation.

The newly revised standards can be found in the document CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination. This policy details the University’s commitment to addressing many types of misconduct.

Please contact our Director of Title IX, Prevention of Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, Wendy Smith, if you have any questions about the policy or to report potential discrimination on our campus. I also remind all of our mandated journalists to ensure they are up to date with training and to proactively seek opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills to prevent, identify and report discrimination and harassment under all their forms.


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