Cozen Review

CSU Systemwide Title IX & DHR Assessment by Cozen O'Connor (Cozen Review)

To strengthen its systems of care and compliance, in 2022 and 2023 the CSU engaged Cozen O'Connor to conduct a systemwide assessment of its Title IX and Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR) programs. The report identifies core observations and recommendations for improvements at both the system and university levels. The CSU remains committed to making the meaningful and impactful changes needed to transform our Title IX and other anti-discrimination policies, procedures, infrastructure, culture and climate within the Chancellor's Office and our 23 universities.

Cozen O'Connor Report

The Cozen O'Connor Institutional Response Group conducted interviews and campus visits, in addition to gathering feedback through surveys and a dedicated email to conduct this assessment and develop recommendations.

For more information about the Cozen O’Connor assessment, please visit the Chancellor's Office webpage dedicated to the assessment and FAQs.

CA State Audit 

On June 27, 2022, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved an audit of the California State University (CSU) system’s response to sexual harassment complaint against employees (executive, faculty, and staff) at the Chancellor’s Office and Fresno State, San Jose State, and Sonoma State universities. The California State Auditor released their audit report on Tuesday, July 18, 2023. While not the subject of the audit, the other 20 CSU campuses, including Dominguez Hills, were visited by the State Auditors to learn the number and disposition of sexual harassment complaints against employees over the past 5 years. These numbers were used by the State Auditor to provide context into the Chancellor’s Office role as it relates to the campuses. With that context, the Auditor determined that “the Chancellor’s Office must take a more active approach to providing oversight” over the 23 CSU campuses.

This finding of the State Auditor matches the finding of the Cozen Review that the Chancellor’s Office needs to be more proactive in ensuring matters related to Title IX and protected status discrimination and harassment be addressed in a timely, consistent, and equitable manner.

The State Auditor’s report can be found on their website.

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Learn more about the CSU system-wide Title IX & DHR Assessment.

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Learn more about the Cozen O’Connor Institutional Response Group.