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TITLE IX POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 states:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Vanguard University is committed to ensuring an educational environment in which the dignity of every individual is respected, and to providing an environment for employees, students, and campus visitors that is free from harassment.
You may review our Title IX Policy by clicking here.

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Vanguard University is committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment. If you, or someone you know has experienced harassment we encourage you to report it so that we can help maintain a safe environment.

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Title IX Policy and Procedures

Purpose and Policy Statement

The Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 enacted by Congress prohibits sexual discrimination in any education program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid. Title IX requires colleges and universities to provide enhanced, improved, sustained and consistent response to sexual violence on campus and if a college or university if found to be out of compliance with federal regulation, each violation can be assessed a fine of up to $35,000 if the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) determine that the institution did not adequately respond to reports of sexual violence. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SAVE) Act adds to what must be reported annually on the Clery report, expanding the definition of sexual violence to include domestic violence and stalking, mandating that colleges and universities provide prevention, bystander awareness training, clear policies and a clear process for reporting. California standard SB 967 was signed into law on September 28, 2014 changing the “Yes Means Yes” standard from requiring having to say “No” to sexual activity to requiring an affirmative consent and requiring colleges and universities to set this as the standard for conduct.

Scope and Definitions

SCOPE
This policy applies to any person on Vanguard’s campus including the University's Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, visitors and guests.

DEFINITIONS

TITLE IX - Title IX is a clause in the 1972 Education Act stating that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

CLERY ACT - The Clery Act is a federal statute requiring all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.

VAWA - The Violence Against Women Act is a broad-based law created in response to increasing violence against women in America. It includes a wide range of provisions from funding of domestic-violence programs to new civil rights remedies for women who were victims of gender-based attacks.

ADA - The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

REPORTING PARTY - A person bringing a formal complaint or accusation against another or group of persons.

RESPONDING PARTY - A person or persons responding to a formal complaint or accusation.

Title IX Policy Table of Contents

The Title IX Policy for All Students and University Personnel Table of Contents is as follows ::

1.0 Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination

    • (1.1) Applicable Scope
    • (1.2) Title IX Coordinator
    • (1.3) Reporting Discrimination
    • (1.4) Jurisdiction
    • (1.5) University Policy on Nondiscrimination
    • (1.6) University Policy on Accommodations of Disabilities
    • (1.6.1) Students with Disabilities
    • (1.6.2) Employees with Disablities
    • (1.7) University Policy on Discriminatory Harassment
    • (1.7.1) Discriminatory and Bias-Related Harassment
    • (1.7.2) Sexual Harassment

2.0 Policy Expectations with Respect to Consensual Relationships

    • (2.1) Overview
    • (2.2) Sexual Misconduct
    • (2.3) Other Civil Rights Offenses, when the Act is Based Upon The Status of A Protected Class
    • (2.4) Retaliation
    • (2.5) Remedial Action
    • (2.6) Confidentiality and Reporting Of Offenses Under This Policy
    • (2.6.1) Confidential Reporting
    • (2.6.2) Formal Reporting Options
    • (2.7) Federal Timely Warning Obligations
    • (2.8) False Allegations
    • (2.9) Amnesty for Reporting Party and Witnesses
    • (2.10) Parental Notification (allegations involving students)
    • (2.11) Federal Statistical Reporting Obligations

3.0 Equity Grievance Process for Resolving Grievances of Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Other Forms of Discrimination.

    • (3.1) Introduction
    • (3.2) Overview
    • (3.3) Equity Grievance Panel (EGP)
    • (3.4) Reporting Misconduct
    • (3.5) Preliminary Inquiry
    • (3.6) Interim Remedies/Actions
    • (3.7) Investigation
    • (3.8) Advisors
    • (3.9) Resolution
    • (3.9.1) Conflict Resolution
    • (3.9.2) Administrative Resolution
    • (3.10) Sanctions
    • (3.10.1) Student Sanctions
    • (3.10.2) Employee Sanctions
    • (3.11) Withdrawal or Resignation While Charges Are Pending
    • (3.12) Appeals
    • (3.13) Long-Term Remedies/Actions
    • (3.14) Failure To Complete Sanctions/Comply with Interim and Long-Term Remedies/Responsive Actions
    • (3.15) Records
    • (3.16) Statement of the Rights of the Parties
    • (3.17) Disabilities Accommodation In the Equity Resolution Process
    • (3.18) Revisions

1.0 Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination

2.0 Policy Expectations with respect to consensual relationships

3.0 Equity Grievance Process for resolving grievances of harassment, sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination

Title IX Policy and Procedures (Full PDF)