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Title IX

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus) that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. 

The CSU prohibits:

  1. Discrimination, including Harassment, because of any Protected Status: i.e., Age, Disability, Gender, Genetic Information, Gender Identity or Expression, Nationality, Marital Status, Race or Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Veteran or Military Status;

  2. Retaliation for exercising rights under this policy, opposing Discrimination or Harassment because of a Protected Status, or for participating in any manner in any related investigation or proceeding;

  3. Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking;

  4. Sexual Misconduct of any kind, which includes sexual activity engaged in without Affirmative Consent; and,

  5. Employees from entering into a consensual relationship with any Student over whom s/he exercises direct or otherwise significant academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling, or extracurricular authority.  

Safety of the CSUSM Campus Community is Primary

The university's primary concern is the safety of its campus community members. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the victim/survivor at fault for sexual discrimination, harassment or violence; therefore, victim/survivors should not be deterred from reporting incidents of sexual violence out of a concern that they might be disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol or other university policies. Except in extreme circumstances, victim/survivors of sexual violence shall not be subject to discipline for related violations of the Student Conduct Code.

Information Regarding Consequences of Committing Acts of Sexual Violence

Individuals alleged to have committed sexual assault may face criminal prosecution by law enforcement and may incur penalties as a result of civil litigation. In addition, employees and students may face discipline/sanctions at the university.

Employees may face sanctions up to and including dismissal from employment, per established CSU policies and provisions of applicable collective bargaining unit agreements.

Students charged with sexual discrimination, harassment or violence will be subject to discipline, pursuant to the California State University Student Conduct Procedures (see Executive Order 1098) and will be subject to appropriate sanctions. In addition, during any investigation, the university may implement interim measures in order to maintain a safe and non-discriminatory educational environment. Such measures may include immediate interim suspension from the university, required move from university housing, adjustment to course schedule, or prohibition from contact with parties involved in the alleged incident.

Affirmative Consent- "Yes Means Yes"

Affirmative Consent: means an informed, affirmative, conscious, verbal, voluntary, and mutual agreement to engage in sexual activity.

  • Consent must be given without coercion, force, threats or intimidation
  • Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent
  • Silence does not mean consent
  • Consent can be withdrawn or revoked at any time
  • Consent to one form of sexual activity does not mean consent to other forms of sexual activity
  • Prior sexual activity is not consent for future activity

Don’t make assumptions about consent. If an individual feels pressured or uncertain, is having difficulty communicating or is afraid of how a partner might react to a “NO“ response, it is not consent.

You Have The Right To:

  • Say “NO” and not feel pressured to engage in sexual activity
  • Feel safe
  • A relationship with someone who respects your emotional and physical wishes and boundaries
  • Be assertive and direct with someone who is sexually pressuring you
  • Change your mind, and if you are not sure what you want, to STOP and think about it
  • Be in a relationship free of violence and abuse
  • Speak with a sexual violence advocate for confidential support
  • File a Report with CSUSM’s Title IX Coordinator
  • Make a confidential police report, by requesting that you remain anonymous

When Should You Ask For Consent?

Before you engage in sexual activity! It is the responsibility of the person initiating a sex act to obtain clear, affirmative consent. Whenever you are unsure if consent has been given, you need to ask. Check-in with your partner.

Remember: Consent CANNOT be given if someone is….

  • Unconscious, unresponsive, asleep, or incapacitated by alcohol or drugs
  • Under the age of 18
  • Unable to communicate due to their mental or physical condition


  • EMERGENCY: 9-1-1
  • 24 Hour Crisis Hotline* (Center for Community Solutions):(888) 385-4657
  • University Police: 9-1-1 on campus phones or (760) 750-4567
  • Campus Escort Service: (760) 750-4567
  • Sexual Violence Advocate and Educator*: Christa Wencl (760) 750-4915 (ext. 7)
  • Student Health and Counseling Services*: (760) 750-4915
  • Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Bridget Blanshan: (760) 750-4056
  • San Diego County Sheriff San Marcos: (760) 510-5200
  • Center for Community Solutions*: (760) 747-6282
  • Women's Resource Center (Oceanside)*: (760) 757-3500

*CONFIDENTIAL – except as noted by law, individuals in these locations are not required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the CSUSM Title IX Coordinator or designee without consent of the victim/survivor.

Annual Report July 2015 - June 2016

Executive Order 1095

Executive Order 1096

Executive Order 1097

Executive Order 1098

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