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Know Your Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees in educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance. 

What is covered by Title IX?

  • Sexual Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Sexual Violence
  • Stalking
  • Domestic Violence
  • Rape and Sexual Assault
  • Gender Equity in Athletics

Complaint Procedures

CSU Executive Order 1097 ( is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made by students against the CSU, a CSU employee, other CSU students or a third party.

Your campus Title IX Coordinator is available to explain and discuss: your right to file a criminal complaint (sexual assault and violence); the university’s complaint process, including the investigation process; how confidentiality is handled; available resources, both on and off campus; and other related matters.


Except in the case of a privilege recognized under California law (examples of which include Evidence Code §§1014 (psychotherapist-patient); 1035.8 (sexual assault counselor-victim); and 1037.5 (domestic violence counselor-victim), any member of the University community who knows of or has reason to know of sexual discrimination allegations shall promptly inform the campus Title IX Coordinator.

Regardless of whether an alleged victim of sexual discrimination ultimately files a complaint, if the campus knows or has reason to know about possible sexual discrimination, harassment or violence, it must review the matter to determine if an investigation is warranted. The campus must then take appropriate steps to eliminate any sex discrimination/harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education

You also have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. 

(800) 421-3481 or

If you wish to fill out a complaint form online with the OCR, you may do so at:

Who to Contact If You Have Complaints, Questions or Concerns

If you are in the midst of an emergency, please call the police immediately by dialing 9-1-1.

Claudia Catota, J.D. (Title IX Coordinator)
Assistant to the President for Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance
9001 Stockdale Highway, BDC 33
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Cindy Goodmon (Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics)
Associate Athletic Director/SWA
9001 Stockdale Hwy, GYM 113
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Rubicelia Alvarez (Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Conduct)
Director for Student Rights & Responsibilities
9001 Stockdale Hwy, CAF 107
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Telling Faculty or Staff

If you decide to tell staff or faculty, they are required to notify the Title IX Coordinator.  The Title IX Coordinator will then contact you to discuss options for support and accountability.

Options for Confidential Support:

If you want to talk to someone confidentially, the following people and organizations offer support and are not mandated to report to university officials:

CSU Bakersfield Counseling Center
(661) 654-3366
Located in the Student Health Center    

Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault
(661) 322-0931
24 Hour Crisis Line (661) 327-1091