Frequently Asked Questions about

Executive Order 1097

Who can file a complaint?

Q: Who can file a complaint?

  • Only students in, or applicants for admission to, an undergraduate, graduate, or credential program at a CSU campus that leads to the pursuit of a CSU degree, may use Executive Order 1097 to raise complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation against the CSU and/or CSU employees.
  • If you are a student employee whose discrimination complaints arise out of your employment, see Executive Order 1096.
  • If you are taking courses through Continuing/Extended Education, unless the student is concurrently enrolled at a CSU campus and taking courses that lead to the pursuit of a CSU degree this policy does not apply. Similarly, an individual participating in a program administered by a CSU auxiliary organization must use that organization's policies and procedures to file discrimination complaints, rather than this executive order. If the campus receives these types of complaints, the campus shall promptly acknowledge receipt of the complaints in writing and refer the complaints to the appropriate auxiliary organization or Continuing/Extended Education administrator.

Q: What is the procedure for filing a complaint?

Q: What are the requirements for filing a complaint?

  • The student/applicant should complete the attached CSU Student/Applicant for Admission Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation Complaint Form or, in the alternative, the student/applicant shall submit a written signed statement containing the following information:

    1. The full name, address and telephone number(s) of the student/applicant;
    2. The name of the accused student or employee(s) of the CSU and their position(s), if known;
    3. The student's/applicant's protected status that is the alleged basis for the complained of discriminatory, harassing or retaliatory act;
    4. A clear, concise written statement of the facts that constitute the alleged discriminatory, harassing or retaliatory act(s), including pertinent date(s) and sufficient information to identify any individuals who may provide information (e.g., potential witnesses) during the course of the investigation conducted under these procedures;
    5. A statement by the student/applicant verifying that the information supporting the allegations are true and accurate to the best of his/her knowledge;
    6. The term and year of the student's last active academic status or the term and year the applicant sought admission to the University;
    7. Specific harm resulting from the alleged violation;
    8. Specific remedy sought;
    9. The student's/applicant's signature; and
    10. The date of complaint submission. 

Q: What is the timeline for filing a complaint?

  • To be timely, the student/applicant must file a complaint no later than sixty (60) calendar days after incident took place, or no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the end of the academic term (semester) in which the most recently alleged discriminatory/ harassing/retaliatory act occurred.

Q: Who is the the campus designated Management Personnel Plan employee at Cal State San Marcos?

  • The CSUSM Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Briget Blanshan is the the campus designated Management Personnel Plan employee. Please contact the Student Affairs Office at 760-750-4056 for more information regarding this policy.

Q: Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

  • Contact the Student Affairs Office for any additional questions you may have at 760-750-4056.