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TITLE IX OF THE EDUCATIONAL AMENDMENTS OF 1972

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. For more information, please view our Title IX Policies and Procedures.

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Religious Expression Disclosure

Vanguard University (VU) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its Spirit-empowered Christian community provides a supportive and challenging environment in which to pursue a quality education. The University assumes that it is essential to offer educational opportunity within a context of free inquiry and academic integrity. VU is a community that encourages individual integrity and responsibility in accordance with biblical Christianity and its social and ethical implications.

VU is committed to providing a learning and living environment that promotes safety, transparency, personal integrity, civility, mutual respect and freedom from discrimination. As a Christian university affiliated with the Southern California Network of the Assemblies of God, VU is exempted from certain provisions of federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the California Equity in Higher Education Act that are not consistent with its religious tenets and mission. These exemptions may apply to, but are not limited to, requirements in the university’s community standards, housing policies, admissions processes and employee hiring and general employment practices. VU retains all rights afforded under federal law and the laws of the State of California.

Student Grievance Process

Students currently enrolled at Vanguard University who feel they have been unfairly dealt with in any area of the University can follow administrative procedures to address concerns and/ or complaints.

For concerns and/or complaints that are academic in nature:

1. Contact the appropriate Chair/Director in the department which the concern and/or complaint exists.

2. If the grievance is unresolved, it will escalate to the respective Dean in which the Chair/ Director reports.

3, If preliminary procedures fail to resolve the concern and/or complaint the student may submit an appeal in writing stating the nature of the grievance, the evidence upon which it is based, and the redress sought. The grievance can be filed on a Vanguard University Complaint Form.

4. The final decision for appeals made in all student academic matters resides with the Provost/VPAA, who serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University.

For concerns and/or complaints that pertain to student life (which includes housing and student conduct):

1. Contact the appropriate Director in the department which the concern and/or complaint exists.

2. If preliminary procedures fail to resolve the concern and/or complaint the student may submit an appeal in writing stating the nature of the grievance, the evidence upon which it is based, and the redress sought. The grievance can be filed on a Vanguard University Complaint Form.

3. The Vice President for Student Affairs will review and act to bring formal resolution to the stated grievance in the matter of student life issues.

4. If satisfactory action is not achieved, the final appeal may be directed to the University President.

It is expected that currently enrolled students will fully utilize any/all of the University’s administrative procedures to address concerns and/or complaints in as timely a manner as possible. On occasion, however, a student may believe that these administrative procedures have not adequately addressed concerns. In those select cases, the following independent procedures are provided.

Students currently enrolled at Vanguard University may also file a concern and/or complaint through the WASC Senior College and University Commission (http://www.wascsenior.org/comments) if they feel the University is not in compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation and Commission policies.

In accordance with California Education Code Section 94874, Vanguard University is contracted with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (Bureau). For the Bureau to review and act on complaints concerning the institution. An individual may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The Bureau may be contacted at:

2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Telephone (916) 431-6924
Fax (916) 263-1897
http://www.bppe.ca.gov

The Office of the Attorney General for the State of California is authorized to investigate and prosecute violations of State consumer laws, including laws relating to deceptive advertising, credit, charitable solicitations, telecommunications, telemarketing and sales. The Office cooperates with other States, the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies in addressing national consumer protection issues. Further, the California Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection litigates cases that are referred to the Department by other States agencies.

Complaints may be filed with the California Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection at: http://oag.ca.gov/consumers