Status of the CSU Title IX & DHR Cozen O’Connor Assessment

April, 2023

​Significant progress has been made by Cozen O'Connor in its systemwide assessment of the CSU's Title IX and Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR) programs. There has been strong participation and engagement at each of the 23 universities, as well as the Chancellor's Office, which will help ensure the assessment is informed, thorough, complete and tailored to each university.

Throughout the process, the Cozen O'Connor team has invited feedback from university constituents through its dedicated email address, and with each campus community through their visits and a confidential (anonymous) online survey. Nearly 18,000 members of the CSU community responded to the survey.

At the May 2023 board of trustees meeting, Cozen O'Connor will report to the trustees, university leaders and all members of the CSU community during an open session that will be live streamed. This report will describe the assessment process, what the assessment revealed and their recommendations at the system level (Chancellor's Office) and at our universities. Consistent with our commitment to candor in this assessment, Cozen O'Connor's written report will be publicly released soon after the board meeting, and will include a section with observations and recommendations for each of the CSU universities.

Cozen O’Connor initially planned to provide a separate report to each university prior to the final systemwide report. While Cozen O’Connor has shared ongoing feedback about recommendations to strengthen and support the work of Title IX and DHR during campus visits and in follow-up discussions, the Cozen O’Connor team concluded that sharing individually tailored recommendations to each university would be best understood and most meaningful if delivered in the context of, and in conjunction with, systemwide observations and recommendations. Therefore, the final written report will address specific findings for each university in a separate section of the final systemwide report.

Each university president is forming an Implementation Team that will include university Title IX and DHR staff, as well as student, faculty, and staff stakeholders. Beginning in mid-April, the Cozen O’Connor team will convene all members of these Implementation Teams to ensure that all team members have the opportunity (before the end of the term) to develop a deeper understanding of the framework of the assessment; the evidence base and process for reaching observations and recommendations; the goals that form the basis for the recommendations; and how to be best prepared to receive the upcoming report and successfully move forward. To learn more about the campus reports, visit the Campus Reports Update page.

Members of the Cozen O'Connor team have engaged with CSU campuses and the Chancellor's Office through visits (in person or via zoom, based upon campus preference), other meetings and written communications with students, faculty, staff and administrators, and document review.

The campus visits were scheduled at the start of each campus assessment, in order to provide insight to each campus's individual antidiscrimination programs, practices and protocols, as well as the organizational structure of each campus's Title IX and DHR offices. More information about the campus visits can be found in the FAQs and Sample Campus Visit Schedule

Campuses were provided a sample campus visit schedule as a starting point, but were allowed to modify their schedules to include open listening sessions and meetings with campus task forces and other stakeholder groups. As of mid-December, members of the Cozen Assessment team have visited 20 of the 23 CSU campuses. The remaining visits at SLO, Fullerton and Dominguez Hills are scheduled to take place between January 17-January 26.

Throughout the fall, Gina Smith and Leslie Gomez, the chair and vice-chair of Cozen's Institutional Response Group, also met with, and received input from, other stakeholder groups including members of the California State Student Association (CSSA), the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) and the Council of Campus Senate Chairs.

During and after the campus visits, the Cozen team engaged with individual and constituent members of the CSU community, and this will continue into early 2023. Any member of the CSU community (students, faculty, staff, and administrators) may share confidential feedback with the Cozen assessment team by sending an email to CalStateReview@Cozen.com.

Additionally, a survey will be deployed in January, providing an opportunity for any member of the campus community to share insights into their campus, its culture, and climate, and its strengths and challenges related to CSU Title IX and DHR programs. More details about the survey, instructions and timing will be sent to the CSU community.