Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees in educational institutions which receive federal funding.
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) takes positive action to insure that students and employees are treated in compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related individual conditions, medical condition (as defined by state law), military status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  
 Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is committed to providing a learning and working environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, including all forms of sexual misconduct.  Sex discrimination violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity.  SCU considers sex discrimination in all its forms to be an egregious offense.  This policy refers to all forms of sex discrimination, including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, and/or third parties.

VAWA was first enacted in 1994 to raise awareness of domestic violence and assault crimes against women. Since its inception, VAWA has been updated and modified. VAWA’s most recent reauthorization was in 2013 with changes effective on October 1, 2014.

Today, VAWA applies to everyone in the United States and requires that University policies and procedures address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as well as provide sexual violence education programs, prevention programs, and awareness campaigns.

For more information concerning SCU's VAWA resoucres, please visit the link below:


Policies and Rights

SCU's Title IX Coordinators are responsible for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct/sexual violence, providing resources for victims, informing both parties of there respective rights under the federal law and under University policy.  If you have been a victim of, or were witness to, any behavior that you might deem sexual misconduct/sexual violence, please alert the appropriate Title IX Coordinator below.  
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency or are the direct victim of a crime, please dial 9-1-1 before attempting to contact the Title IX Coordinator. 
Title IX Coordinator
Shelby Gugel, AVP for Student, Alumni, and Career Services
(562) 902-3384
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
Building "Library Resource Center/LRC"
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Samaneh Sadri, Director of Student Success
(562) 902-3368
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
Building "Library Resource Center/LRC"
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Alex Cruz, Sr. Coordinator Inclusion Well-being
(562) 902-3352
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
Building "Chesney Student Center"
Title IX Investigator 
Provided by Grand River Solutions
Title IX Hearing Officer 
Provided by Grand River Solutions


Please email completed form to Title IX Coordinator, ShelbyGugel@scuhs.edu

Or to Either Deputy Coordinator:




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National Sexual Assault Hotline
Love is Respect
The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for overseeing Title IX compliance.  You can learn more about the OCR or file a compliant directly with them using the information below.
San Francisco Office
50 Beale Street (Suite 7200)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 486-5555
Fax: (415) 486-5570
TDD: (877) 521-2172