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Office of Compliance and Civil Rights (Title IX and DHR)

Title IX Statement


The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, which includes sex and gender identity or gender expression, 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 gender or sexual orientation in employment, as well as in all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus), including
admissions. The protection against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to have experienced the conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in-person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using
the contact information listed below for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic
mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination Policies and Title IX complaints for Fresno State.

Anne Githae
AVP of Compliance and Civil Rights
University Student Union Suite 316
5280 N. Jackson Avenue M/S SU71
Fresno, CA 93740
Telephone: 559.278.5006
Questions may also be addressed to:
Office for Civil Rights - San Francisco Office
U.S. Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: 415.486.5555      Facsimile: 415.486.5570


You Are Not Alone

Sexual assault counselors (also called victim or survivor advocates) are confidential and available to assist victims/survivors of sexual assault.

Note: Communications with sexual assault counselors/advocates are protected by state law per California Evidence Code Section §§1035.

Sexual assault counselors/advocates can assist by providing the following:

  • Confidential, non-judgmental support
  • Information about rights and options to help someone make an informed decision
  • Help with reporting sexual assault to law enforcement which includes in-person accompaniments to the police station (the same support is also available for those that report sexual misconduct to the Title IX office)
  • Information and accompaniments to sexual assault forensic exams (SAFE's) and other medical options

Sexual assault counselors/advocates are available on campus and at community-based sexual assault/rape crisis centers.

Note: If a campus-based sexual assault counselor/advocate cannot be reached, you may contact a community-based sexual assault/rape crisis center for immediate assistance. Community-based sexual assault counselors/advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling a hotline.

Fresno State Sexual Assault Counselors/Advocates


Services provided to all students, staff and faculty regardless of when/where the harm occured.

Community Based

Services provided to all local campus and community members

Department/Organization Survivor Advocacy Services Rape Counseling Services of Fresno 
Contact Information

Phone: 559.278.6796 (24-Hour Hotline)


24-Hour Hotline: 559.222.7273

Phone: 559.497.2900


Student Health & Counseling Center

5044 N. Barton Avenue

Fresno, CA 93740

259 N. Blackstone Avenue

Fresno, CA 93701

  • Support and accompaniments throughout all stages of law enforcement and/or campus' investigation and discipline proceedings
  • Support and accompaniments to sexual assault forensic examinations and other medical care
  • Support and accompaniments to legal appointments, court hearing, and including assistance with obtaining restraining orders.
  • Assistance with seeking reasonable and available academic, workplace, housing, and administrative relief.
  • Crisis intervention counseling and ongoing emotional support
  • Information about options, victim/survivor rights, and other appropriate resources
  • Safety planning
  • Crisis intervention
  • 24/7 hotline staffed by sexual assault counselors/advocates
  • Individual mental health counseling
  • Group counseling/support groups
  • 24-hour advocacy and accompaniments to hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and court proceedings
  • Information and referrals


National Sexual Assault Hotline
Hotline staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a national sexual assault hotline. Hotline staff can be contacted via phone at (800) 656-4673, or online chat at their website,

  • Please note - when calling the hotline your call will be directed to a local provider based on the area code of the phone number you are calling from. If you are geographically located in an area different than the area code of the phone number you are calling from, hotline staff can still offer you support but may not have information regarding resources in your location. If this is your situation, please call the 24/7 hotline at the sexual assault/rape crisis center nearest you.

Additional Options for Support: Additional resources for support are available and include but are not limited to, mental health counseling and psychological services on-campus or community-based, your campus Title IX office, and the CSU's employee assistance program (EAP) are also available.

A law enforcement officer can take a report, help access confidential support, and provide access to medical care after a sexual assault. Police departments are available for response 24/7.

Sexual assaults can be reported at any time (immediately following, days or years after the incident). Statutes of limitations vary, depending on the type of crime/sexual assault and by state. The evidence available, investigations and treatment options may also be impacted by the length of time that has passed since the assault. A sexual assault counselor/advocate or law enforcement can provide you with specific information related to these factors.

Deciding to report a sexual assault to law enforcement is a very private a personal decision. It’s ok to report to police, not report, or not k​nowing if one wants to report. A sexual assault counselor/advocate can provide all information about reporting options so the victim/survivor can make an informed decision.
  Fresno State Police Department Fresno Police Department
Coverage Area Incidents that occured on-campus Incidents that occurred in community surrounding campus
Contact Information

Phone emergency: 9-1-1

Phone: 559.278.8400

Phone emergency: 9-1-1

Phone: 559.621.7000


2311 E Barstow Avenue

Fresno, CA 93740

2323 Mariposa St. #2075

Fresno, CA 93721

Hours of Operation

Monday - Sunday

24 hours a day

Monday - Sunday

24 hours a day




More information about reporting sexual assault to law enforcement:

                                                                                       Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE)

                                                                                                  (Also known as "rape kits")


A sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) could be used to collect DNA evidence if the assault occurred within 120 hours. Specialized sexual assault nurse examiners collect samples from a victim/survivor that may contain DNA evidence to help a potential prosecution.

A victim/survivor has the right to have a support person with them and can say no to any part of the exam.

If a person decides they want a SAFE, the sexual assault counselor/advocate can provide more detailed information and help coordinate response with police and the SAFE nurse.

There are two types of exams: a VAWA exam and evidentiary exam

  VAWA Exam Evidentiary Exam
Report Requirement Does not require police report. Requires police report.
Who Helps Access Exam This option is available through your campus sexual assault counselor/advocate as well as your local sexual assault/rape crisis center. A police officer will schedule the exam.
Who are Exams For These exams may be appropriate for those that are not ready to speak to and involve law enforcement. Evidence from VAWA exams in California must be preserved for two years in the event that a victim/survivor does want to engage with law enforcement. These exams are appropriate for those that would like immediate law enforcement involvement. Evidentiary exams are intended to collect forensic evidence for use in criminal prosecution. An evidentiary exam is an option available by filing a report with law enforcement.
Level of Police Involvement Police officers will not take a report and should not engage with the victim/survivor. However, the police department will collect the evidence kit and store it until (and if) the victim/survivor decides to file a police report/criminal charge.

Police officers may:


  • Take a police report by interviewing the victim/survivor and possibly any friends/witnesses
  • Coordinate and schedule the SAFE
  • Provide transportation to the SAFE location
  • Contact a sexual assault counselor/advocate to provide emotional support during the process


Note about at-home rape kits: Although well-intentioned, evidence from at home “rape kits" may not be admissible for evidence.

Preserving clothing with potential DNA evidence:
Necessary evidence could be present in the clothes someone wore during the assault — this evidence can be preserved by being stored in paper bags (mold grows in plastic bags.) If the person decides to file a police report or obtain a sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE), the clothes can be provided to them for evidence collection.

More information about sexual assault forensic exams:

Other Evidence

A sexual assault forensic exam is one way to preserve evidence, but it's not the only way. Here is a list of other evidence that can be preserved:

  • Video – from door cameras, surveillance cameras, social media posts, etc.
  • Names of people that may have information such as:
  • Eyewitnesses – people who saw behavior or level of intoxication before the assault or witnessed the assault
  • Outcry witnesses – people you told about what happened
  • Any messages or communication with the perpetrator, including voicemails, texts, email and social media messaging (taking screenshots can be helpful)
  • Information/documentation about or photos of injuries
  • Receipts – showing where you were or what you were doing

It's ok if someone does not wish to file a police report or get a sexual assault forensic exam. That said, depending on the nature of the assault, it may still be important to obtain medical care to address potential injuries, exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STI's), or if there may be a risk of pregnancy.

A sexual assault counselor/advocate can help explore and address issues such as resources to help pay for medical care and confidentiality

Note: Emergency contraceptives are also available at local pharmacies without prescription.

Options for Medical Care

Sexual Assault Forensic Exam

Location: Confidential
Contact Information: Local sexual assault/rape crisis center and/or law enforcement agency
Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Notes: See above “Collecting Evidence" for more information

Fresno State Student Health and Counseling Center

Location: 5044 N. Barton Avenue, Fresno, CA 93740
Contact Information: 559.278.2734
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:45 pm

St. Agnes Medical Center

Location: 1303 E Herndon Ave. Fresno, CA 93720
Contact Information: 559.450.3205
Hours of Operation: 24 Hours a day, Monday-Sunday

Planned Parenthood

Location: 6095 N. 1st Street, Fresno, CA 93710
Contact Information: 559.446.1515
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm

Note: Per California Penal Code §§11160, all medical providers in California are required to notify law enforcement when they are treating an injury caused by “abusive or assaultive" behavior. This means that a healthcare provider may need to make a police report if their patient discloses that the injury they are seeking treatment for was caused by abuse or assault. The victim/survivor, however, has the right to not speak to law enforcement or share additional information.

A sexual assault counselor/advocate can help someone navigate any potential report made by a medical provider. For example, if someone does not wish to report to law enforcement, the counselor/advocate can help say no to a police report without feeling intimated.


Update Message Regarding the Title IX Annual Report for 2022-2023

In response to feedback from Cozen O’Connor following their assessment  of the CSU’s Title IX and Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR) programs and from the California State Auditor following their audit of the CSU’s system to assess the CSU’s handling of sexual harassment complaints against employees at the Office of the Chancellor (Chancellor’s Office), California State University, Fresno, San José State University, and Sonoma State University the CSU Chancellor’s Office is refining the categories of Title IX data it gathers to ensure the accuracy of campus Title IX Annual Reports and to facilitate more precise analysis and identification of patterns and trends. While the CO works to update the data queries, CSU campuses will defer issuing Title IX Annual Reports until the Chancellor’s Office finalizes new guidance for data collection and reporting.

During this time, all CSU campuses will continue to issue the Annual Security Report, accessible for Fresno State at, in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act).  This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning Clery Act defined crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the CSU, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This report includes, but is not limited to, reported incidents of sexual assault (including rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape), domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  Please note that the data in the Annual Security Report differs from the data that has historically been reported in a campus’s Title IX Annual Report due to the specific definitional and geographical parameters required for Clery statistics.

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