Implementation Status for Independent Investigation Report as of August 1, 2021

Recommendation One

Develop a system for student-athletes to report concerns to an employee outside of Athletic Department (e.g., Office of Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX*), and actively encourage reporting.

(*Note, specific offices include: Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, Office of Equal Opportunity, and the Department of Human Resources.)

  • The reporting system will be a web-based platform like that used by Residence Life. Just as the site from Residence Life states, we cannot necessarily guarantee anonymity, but every effort will be made to ensure best practices and anonymity will be maintained if possible and to the extent allowable by law.

Institutional Lead:

Office of the President

  • The reporting platform will be created and monitored by a committee comprised of university representatives external to the Athletics Department. Committee members will include the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs over Student-Athlete Support Services; the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative; the Chair of the Faculty Council Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics; the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX; the Executive Director for Human Resources; and a representative from the Office of the General Counsel.

Institutional Lead:

President’s Committee on Climate in Athletics (PCCA)

Status: Complete

The Student-Athlete Information Center has been built for Colorado State Student-Athletes and their families to find information for all relevant needs in one spot. Information will be updated as it becomes available, and student-athletes should continue to look to their coaching staff and sport administrators for the most up-to-date information.

The President’s Committee on Climate in Athletics makeup and how to submit a report are shared:

  • on the CSU Athletics website Student-Athlete Information Center
  • in Student-Athlete email newsletters
  • via signage posted in the Anderson Academic Center, Training Rooms, and throughout the McGraw Athletic Center
  • The committee will be independent and impartial, empowered by the President.

Institutional Lead:
President

Status: Complete. 

The Student-Athlete Information Center page shows the PCCA makeup. 

  • The committee will develop a regular review process of concerns submitted to the web-based platform, will work to resolve problems that do not rise to the level of violations of policy or law, and refer complaints that signal possible violations of policy or law to appropriate university offices.

Institutional Lead:

President’s Committee on Climate in Athletics (PCCA)

Status:  Complete

  • The committee will develop a social-norming campaign that encourages reporting, educates on the reporting process, and makes clear there can be no retaliation for filing a complaint or concern.

Institutional Lead:

President’s Committee on Climate in Athletics (PCCA)

Status: Ongoing

Campaign elements have been initiated, including development and posting of posters announcing the online reporting form, and mention of the form at the August all-Athletics meeting.

Recommendation Two

Continue or supplement diversity and inclusion training University-wide, with a special focus on the Athletics Department, to advance empathy-building, racial sensitivity and cultural understanding.

  • Athletic Department employees (including leadership) staff and student athletes will receive training on the university’s discrimination, harassment and Title IX policies and corresponding laws, including but not limited to education regarding the prohibition of retaliation as soon as possible. The Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, the Assistant Director of DEI in Athletics and the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance for Athletics will identify or develop training, including the process for filing complaints and the non-retaliation policy (see more on this under Action 3 below).

Institutional Lead:

Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity

Status: Complete

  • All student athletes completed online interpersonal violence training in January 2021 and had individual team meetings with the Office of Title IX in February 2021.
  • All athletics staff received education from the Office of Title IX on February 23, 2021.
  • Many campus units, academic and non-academic, including Athletics, currently provide diversity training. The Vice President for Diversity will continue and expand its work to inventory what we are currently doing campus-wide, including in the Athletics Department. The inventory will be complete by December 31, 2020.

Institutional Lead:

Office of the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence (VPIE)

Status: Deferred

Deferred due to search for new Vice President who started August 1, 2021.

  • An outside consultant will evaluate the efficacy of the trainings and recommend what we need to do as an institution to provide frequent, effective and regularly scheduled, campus-wide training, including in CSU Athletics, by March 31, 2021.

Institutional Lead:

Office of the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence (VPIE)

Status: Deferred

Deferred due to search for new Vice President who started August 1, 2021.

  • Diversity training in Athletics will be expanded as recommended by the consultant in spring semester 2021.

Institutional Lead:

Athletics

Status: Ongoing 

Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique will conduct our mandatory DEI training sessions from Sept. 26-30. Dr. Carter-Francique serves as Executive Director for the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change and holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at San Jose State University. Together Council leadership will host, with Dr. Carter-Francique, two student training sessions in the evenings from 5-8p (each about 90 minutes) as well as training sessions for staff, coaches, and administration from about 11:30a-1p Sept 26-30. Overall, Dr. Carter will conduct 12-13 sessions throughout the week. She and her team will provide a report from the week after her visit.

A second DEI trainer will work with the department in spring of 2022. Resa Lovelace, founder of RBL Theory, LLC and Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development at the University of Maryland will be invited to campus in the spring to discuss matters of LGBTQ Inclusion and Sport with our athletics department (staff and student athletes).

The following are recent activities/events conducted within CSU Athletics:

  • Team/Department sessions to discuss interpersonal violence –
    • Partnered with Safety & Assessment, Title IX, and WGAC
  • Team sessions to discuss race and social injustice
  • CSU Athletics’ Green & Grow newsletter provided to all staff including a specific section focused on department and university DEI engagement opportunities, announcements
  • Department employees encouraged to participate in Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI)
  • Staff attending annual NCAA Inclusion Forums
  • Staff attending annual Women Leaders Conference
  • Staff attending annual Black Student Athlete Summit
  • Courageous Conversation event
    • Topics:”What is Justice and Due Process”
  • Together Council formed (focused on DEI initiatives)
    • All-department (staff) book readings and bi-monthly discussion session,
      • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
      • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
      • Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill
      • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson
    • DEI library in the McGraw Athletics Building.
      • Staff-donated books related to DEI topics are added to a bookshelf and accessible for staff to check out
  • Director of Inclusion position added to Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Diversity training campus-wide will be expanded as recommended by the consultant in fall semester 2021.

Institutional Lead:

Office of the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence (VPIE)

Status: Deferred

Deferred due to search for new Vice President who started August 1, 2021.

  • In the process of Strategic Transformation, we will align budget allocations with priorities, including campus-wide training.

Institutional Lead:

Courageous Strategic Transformation Steering Committee

Status: Ongoing

Recommendation Three

Amplify the University’s policy statement against retaliation within the Athletic Department.

  • The Athletics Department, in consultation with and the approval of the Office of the General Counsel and the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, shall create a nonretaliation statement consistent with university policy that will be shared with Athletic Department employees and student athletes on a regular basis. Athletics Department leadership shall create and foster a culture of non-retaliation.

Institutional Lead:

Athletics

Status: Complete

  • Posted on the Student-Athlete Information Center
  • Included in the Director of Athletics August 2021 Ram Country Updated sent emailed to the Athletics email distribution list
  • Included in the August 2021 Student-Athlete email newsletter
  • Discussed and amplified during the department’s in-person All Staff meeting on August 18, 2021

Recommendation Four

Create a comprehensive Communication Plan for Actions One through Three

  • To make implementation of 1-3 known and effective, University Marketing and Communications, led by the Vice President for University Marketing and Communications, will work with communications teams throughout the University, including in the Athletics Department, to create, implement and assess a communications plan to raise awareness of the issues addressed in response to the investigation recommendations.

Institutional Lead:

University Marketing and Communications

Status: Initiated and ongoing

  • The communications plan and its effectiveness will be assessed through an annual campus survey targeted at non-student employees, student employees, students and student athletes.

Institutional Lead:

University Marketing and Communications

Status: Survey will be developed for first annual distribution in Spring 2022