Q: How do I file a complaint regarding a discrimination or harassment issue?

A: First, complete the Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form (PDF).

Then either:

Mail the form to:

San José State University
Office for Equal Opportunity
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0046

Bring the form to:

San José State University campus
Office for Equal Opportunity
UPD Building, Third Floor

Important: Documents in PDF format require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.


Q: What happens after I file a complaint with the Office for Equal Opportunity?

A: There are different complaint procedures depending on the classification of the complainant:

  • Employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement
  • Employees not covered under a collective bargaining agreement
  • Applicants for employment, independent contractors and students applicants for admission

For detailed information on the complaint process, visit:

Faculty: Grievances & Complaints please see the Office of Faculty Affairs
Managers (MPPs) and Confidential employees: Employee Relations
Staff: Employee Relations
Students: Student Discrimination and Harassment Complaints


Q: Is the information I give to the Office for Equal Opportunity confidential?

A: We have an obligation to investigate when reports involving equal opportunity come to the attention of the University, so we cannot guarantee 100% confidentiality.


Q: Does the Office for Equal Opportunity handle both student and employee complaints?

A: Yes, we handle both student and employee complaints.

Employees use the Employee Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form.

Students use the Student Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Form.


Q: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

A: The ADA prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.

For further explanation, visit Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Q: What is sexual harassment?

A: Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual or gender-based behavior that, due to its frequency or severity, adversely affects a person's working or learning environment.

For further explanation, see Harassment and Unlawful Discrimination.


Q: What is racial discrimination?

A: Unlawful racial discrimination is any conduct directed at an individual's race or national origin that degrades, humiliates, differentiates or stigmatizes, and has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with that individual's education or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

For further explanation, visit Harassment and Unlawful Discrimination.