Discrimination

Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual assault), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, medical condition and covered veteran status is prohibited at SSU.

Discrimination refers to the treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.

Complaints of discrimination will be investigated promptly and thoroughly. The University recognizes that under certain circumstances, it has an independent duty to ascertain where discrimination exists irrespective of whether a complaint is actually filed (for example, recurrent or systematic patterns of discrimination). The University will act vigorously to prevent any retaliation being taken against individuals filing a complaint, and/or participating in a complaint investigation.

To talk to someone about discrimination or sexual harassment and/or file a complaint contact, the SSU Title IX Coordinator/DHR Administrator, Joyce Suzuki in Employee Relations & Compliance, to seek administrative assistance, investigation, and resolution, 707-664-4470. For details, see Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students and Procedure for Handling Systemwide Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Against Students or Systemwide Complaint Procedure for Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints for Employees

Dr. Elisa Velasquez, the Director of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, works with Joyce Suzuki in dealing with other cases affecting the campus climate. Proper actions to remedy the situation are taken immediately or students are referred to proper services/administrators. Ph: 707-664-2401  
e-mail: velasqel@sonoma.edu

Examples:

  • On and off-campus incidents where the perpetrators/aggressors cannot be identified
  • Cases involving inappropriate, disrespectful, and otherwise unprofessional behavior which does not fit the legal definition of discrimination
  • Incidents where there is an offensive behavior/image directed at people of diverse backgrounds. Examples: flyers, postings on walls, anonymous notes/messages, etc.
  • Cases where a procedure is in place but needs dissemination/implementation to ensure the safety of minority people/protected groups
  • Cases where the behavior is considered a case of bias against a protected group persons and students do not know where to go

CSU Executive Orders about Discrimination and Sexual Harassment