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Chancellor White's Message on Department of Education Withdrawal of Federal Guidance About Sexual Violence
September 22, 2017
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The following is a letter from California State University Chancellor Timothy White on the U.S. Department of Education's withdrawl of federal guidance about sexual violance:

Sept. 22, 2017

Today’s Dear Colleague Letter from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) withdraws federal guidance about sexual violence provided by that office in 2011 and 2014. The letter states that it will implement new sexual misconduct guidance through a rulemaking process that includes public comment. The CSU will be strong participants in that process to ensure our values are represented at the table.

As we wait for OCR’s process to unfold, I assure you CSU’s existing policies will continue to protect our students and employees, and provide a fair process to all. Our comprehensive policies comply with federal and state laws and regulations -- and remain in full force and effect. Today’s letter from the OCR does not change CSU’s approach because compassion and fairness to all parties is a bedrock of our existing policies. At the same time, the CSU continually reviews its policies to ensure that processes are informed by lessons learned through experience and the wisdom of experts and community stakeholders. 

As we continue to pursue this important work, we will not be deterred from our commitment to safety, fairness, compassion and equal opportunity for every member of our university community, which is and always will be, our highest priority. I am grateful for everyone’s hard work and dedication in combatting sexual violence on campuses.