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Frequently Asked Questions for Complainants and Respondents

Addendum B – Federal Mandated Hearing Addendum

The California State University's Chancellor's Office has provided information to help clarify the changes Addendum B brings to the Title IX process through frequently asked questions and answers.

The purpose of these FAQs is to provide an overview of Addendum B – Federal Mandated Hearing Addendum to CSU Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 (effective August 14, 2020) and to answer what are anticipated to be frequently asked questions.  These FAQs do not constitute CSU policy, nor do they purport to represent a comprehensive statement of CSU policy.  Please direct any questions about CSU Title IX-related policy to your campus Title IX Coordinator. 

To review the frequently asked questions, please visit the links below. 

For answers to frequently asked questions about Investigations, click here.

For answers to frequently asked questions about Hearings, click here.

For answers to frequently asked questions about Informal Resolutions, click here.  

Key Terms:

  • Complainant means an individual who alleges they have been subjected to Sexual Harassment.
  • Respondent means an individual who has been reported to have engaged in conduct that could constitute Sexual Harassment.
  • The Parties means the Complainant and the Respondent collectively.
  • Formal Complaint means a document or electronic submission filed by a Complainant that contains the Complainant's physical or digital signature or a document signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging Sexual Harassment against a Respondent and requesting an investigation of the allegation of Sexual Harassment. At the time that the Formal Complaint is filed, a Complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in an Education Program or Activity of the CSU.  When the Title IX Coordinator receives a Formal Complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will provide both Parties a written Notice of Allegations.
  • The Title IX Coordinator is the individual designated by a campus with primary responsibility to monitor, supervise, and oversee all campus-wide implementation of and compliance with Title IX and the associated CSU Executive Orders.[1]
  • The Hearing Officer is a neutral, third party who oversees a Title IX hearing.
  • The Hearing Coordinator is a university administrator who is responsible for coordinating the pre-hearing and hearing processes.
  • A Hearing Advisor is an individual chosen by a Party or, if a Party does not have anyone to act in the role, provided by the University, who will ask questions of the other Party and witnesses during the hearing. Both the Complainant and the Respondent must have a Hearing Advisor for the hearing.
  • A Support Advisor is an individual chosen by a Party to provide support to that Party during the investigation and hearing processes. The Support Advisor may not answer questions regarding the subject matter of the investigation for the Complainant or the Respondent or speak on behalf of a Complainant or Respondent. However, the Support Advisor may observe and consult with the Complainant or Respondent.


[1] CSU Executive Order 1095 (June 23, 2015)