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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.
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SCU's Title IX Policies & Procedures (.pdf, 514K)

Here, you can download the University's official policy concerning sexual misconduct and discrimination.  The document is comprehensive and includes information on what resources are available to victims and how to file a formal complaint with the University.

Know Your Rights: Understanding Title IX for Campus Sexual Violence Victims (.pdf, 282K)
During October of 2014, SCU's Deputy Title IX Coordinator participated in a training put on by the Victims Rights Law Center.  The attached document is a quality summary of victims rights as they are related to Title IX.  However, in reviewing this document, please be mindful of certain key issues.  For instance, the handout is "generic" in the sense that it does not reflect California state law.  Additionally, the focus of the document is on victims' resources.  By federal law, SCU cannot be victim-centric concerning an investigation.  In other words, all parties must be treated equitably.  Lastly, SCU is currently updating its grievance process and disciplinary process to be more in line with the latest guidelines from the Department of Education; an effort that will offer our students a more clear and concise understanding of our policies.
California Senate Bill 967 "Student Safety: Sexual Assault" (.pdf, 814K)
On September 28th, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 967; known commonly as "Yes means Yes."  This legislation shifts the burden of consent away from proof that sexual contact/activity may have been unwanted to proof that it was mutually agreed to. 
SCU will be updating its Title IX Policies and Procedures to be in line with SB 967 as part of the planned revisions already in being developed.
Student Policies and Procedures (.pptx, 3254K)
Student Affairs presentation covering academic integrity, sexual misconduct, and behavioral code of ethics.
Policy Manual Vol II Extract - Harassment (.pdf, 193K)
Rights & Procedures Concerning Grievance Process (Extract for Title IX Policy and Procedures) (.pdf, 269K)

Extract for SCU Title IX Policy and Procedures (2016) document

Taking Action Following Sexual Violence/Assault (.pdf, 259K)
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National Sexual Assault Hotline
800-656-4673
Love is Respect
866-331-9474
National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-7233
LIVE CHAT 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255
 
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
Thomas Arendt, Vice President of Administration and Finance
562-902-3355
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
Building "A"
 
Title IX Administrator
Joseph Eggleston, Executive Director of Auxiliary Operations & Physical Plant
(562) 947-8755 x515 
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
Building "C"
 
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
 Cindy Scheibel, Human Resources Coordinator
(562)  902-3390
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
Building "C" 
 
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Steve Jaffe, Executive Director of Student Affairs
(562)  902-3384
16200 Amber Valley Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
Building "C" 
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