Do you have questions about your student rights? Please see the frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions, please contact Office for Equal Opportunity.

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

A: First, complete the Student Complaint Form for Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation Complaints

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 


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

A: Follow the complaint guidelines outlined in Presidential Directive 2007-07.

For details, see Student Discrimination & Harassment Complaints.


Q: Is the information I give to 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.

However, the information will be kept within our office.


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

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

Employees use the Employee Discrimination & Harassment Complaint Form

Students use the Student Complaint Form for Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation Complaints


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 & 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 & Unlawful Discrimination.