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CSU Statement in Response to State Auditor Report of University’s Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints



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The following statement can be attributed to CSU Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester: ​

“The CSU's implementation of the recommendations from the California State Auditor and those from Cozen O-Conner's Systemwide Assessment of the CSU's Title IX and DHR programs and services (directed by the Board of Trustees), will strengthen accountability and the CSU's ongoing work in prioritizing institutional response and support systems. 

We agree with and will implement the recommendations provided in the audit report, as well as those identified in the Cozen assessment, to strengthen our culture of care and compliance and advance the CSU's core values of equity, diversity and inclusion." 

The state audit report can be accessed here: Title IX State Audit Report

In late April 2022, the Joint Legisl​ative Audit Committee (JLAC) of the state legislature recommended the California State Auditor (CSA) audit the CSU system' s handling of sexual harassment complaints involving executives, faculty and staff at the Chancellor's Office and three campuses: Fresno State, San José State and Sonoma State. Read the CSA 20​22-109 audit scope and objectives.

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