FPU encourages all students and employees who believe they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment to bring their concerns to the University so that appropriate action can be taken. While it is not required that you exhaust the FPU’s internal investigation process before contacting a governmental agency, FPU encourages all members of the FPU community to take advantage of the FPU’s process for resolving harassment, discrimination and retaliation concerns and complaints. FPU cannot remedy claimed discrimination, harassment, or retaliation unless such complaints are brought to its attention. Failure to report these claims prevents FPU from taking steps to address the problem. If an FPU community member observes a violation of this policy or believes someone has violated this policy, the member is strongly encouraged to report the incident, irrespective of whether the alleged victim files a complaint themselves. Responsible Employees who learn of such a complaint are required to bring it to the University’s attention as described within the policy.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) investigate reports of unlawful harassment, and sexual violence in employment. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) investigates reports of unlawful harassment and sexual violence by students in educational programs or activities. These agencies may serve as fact finders and attempt to facilitate the voluntary resolution of disputes. For more information students/employee may contact these agencies as described below:

An employee of FPU may file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (1-800-884-1684; https://www.dfeh.ca.gov) or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1-800-669-4000; https://www.eeoc.gov).

Students may file complaints regarding protected-class discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to Sex-Based Misconduct to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) with the U.S. Department of Education (1-800-421-3481; ocr@ed.gov).