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Human Resources – Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

Guideline Contents

  • Responsible University Officer:
    Associate Vice President, Human Resources Management
  • Guideline Contact:
    Director, Office of Equity and Diversity


California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is committed to maintaining and implementing policies, procedures, services, and programs in compliance with applicable state and federal nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws and regulations. Accordingly, discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, medical condition and covered veteran status is prohibited. ("Disability" and "medical condition" as used herein are consistent with the definitions provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act.) Moreover, retaliation against individuals who have or are believed to have filed a discrimination complaint opposed a discriminatory act or participated in a discrimination investigation or proceeding, is prohibited. With regard to qualified individuals with a disability or medical condition, CSULB shall, upon request, provide reasonable accommodation so that they may perform the essential duties of their jobs, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the CSULB. Reasonable accommodation is to be determined by CSULB following receipt of an individual's request for accommodation and engagement in an interactive process with the individual to identify the nature and extent of the individual's restrictions and the appropriate reasonable accommodation.


This policy articulates the commitment of California State University, Long Beach to implement the principles of shared community (Academic Senate Policy Statement 00-06).

The Principles

California State University, Long Beach is a comprehensive, urban university. The University has a professional, cultural, and ethical commitment to provide a climate that enables each individual to realize his/her potential for excellence and that nurtures academic growth and professional development. Diversity is both an ideal and an imperative. California State University, Long Beach takes pride in the diversity of its student body and employees and affirms that this diversity enriches the work and learning environment of the campus. For these reasons, the recognition of diversity in our University community extends beyond the limits established by federal or state laws or regulations.

In addition to fully meeting its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state law, California State University, Long Beach is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual without regard to professional rank, employment status, economic status, ethnic background, political views, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

California State University, Long Beach takes seriously its tradition of maintaining civility and mutual respect toward all members of the University community. These qualities are intrinsic to the establishment of excellence in teaching and learning. They also contribute to the maintenance of a productive workplace and an overall positive campus climate. Civility and mutual respect only thrive when equal opportunity and access exist and when retaliation for exercising rights, privileges, and obligations is not feared.

California State University, Long Beach affirms the equal worth of every individual and of distinctive groups of people and fosters fair and equal treatment and access for all members of the university community. Therefore, the University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in education and employment, to policies and practices that ensure equal opportunity and consideration, and to the protection of civil rights.

Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation:

California State University, Long Beach affirms that students, employees, volunteers, members of the public, and recipients of services and/or benefits provided by CSULB have the right to a University free from discrimination and harassment, including hostile environment, on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Vietnam-Era Veteran status
  • Special Disabled Veteran status
  • Other Covered U.S. Veteran status

Retaliation for exercising one’s right to protection from discrimination and/or harassment or for participating in the investigation of a complaint will not be tolerated.

This policy applies to all California State University, Long Beach programs and activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Educational, cultural, recreational, and social and/or athletics programs and activities provided, sponsored, administered, or assisted, by CSULB.
  • CSULB academic programs and/or activities.
  • CSULB-sponsored off-campus programs.
  • Housing supplied or regulated by CSULB.
  • The administration of educational policies, admission policies, and employment policies.
  • Employment actions including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, education, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship.
  • Choice of contractors and suppliers of goods and services.
  • Provision of services and benefits to CSULB students, employees, volunteers, or the public.
  • Receipt of CSULB services and benefits provided by CSULB contractors or vendors.

The Director of Equity and Diversity is the designated campus coordinator for Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Civil Rights under Executive Order 11246, the Vietnam-Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Title IX. Required federal Affirmative Action Plans are available for inspection upon request at the Office of Equity & Diversity.

Please contact Larisa Hamada at 562-985-8256 or if you have any questions.


Pursuant to Executive Order 927 and 883, the University shall provide refresher training to all employees. In order to accomplish this, the University shall provide an annual educational notification via email to all employees regarding the non-discrimination, harassment, and retaliation policies and procedures. In addition, the electronic notification will include hyperlinks to relevant University resources and external agencies on effectively addressing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims. Through the Office of Equity and Diversity, these online resources will also define protected categories, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as articulated by federal and state laws. In addition, the online resources will align with the University’s policies for the Accessible Technology Initiative. The target audience for this annual notification is all faculty and staff employees. In addition, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing brochure (162) shall be distributed annually via university-wide email to all faculty and staff through Staff Human Resources.

In addition, new faculty and staff will receive a copy of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH162) poster and information on Executive Orders 927, 928, and 883. In addition, relevant website links to both University and external agencies will be included in this handout. Employees will receive this handout with their new hire paperwork.


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Subject Contact Phone Email
Primary Guideline Contact Scott Apel 562-985-8716
Subject Matter Expert Larisa Hamada 562-985-8256


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Issue Date: October 1998

Last Review Date: June 2003

Amended Date: March 2012

Amended Deescription: Update responsibilities/websites links and add procedures related to refresher training


Larisa Hamada, Director Office of Equity and Diversity

Scott Apel, AVP Human Resources Management
Appropriate Administrator L3 (for new and major changes)