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Compliance Reporting

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (1998)

Commonly referred to as the “Clery Act,” is a federal law that requires each college or university receiving federal financial aid to annually compile and report specific crime and fire statistics for the university campus and to provide other safety and crime information to members of the campus community.  The Clery Act also requires universities to:

  • Have emergency response programs, including evacuation procedures for students. 
  • Notify the community of emergencies and issue warnings of threats.
  • Maintain a daily crime log and a fire log.
  • Have policies and procedures relating to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. 

The Clery Act requires universities to collect and publish information about safety and security-related policies and programs, as well as information about certain crimes reported on campus (or other Clery Act geography) and fire safety.  Click below to access the most recent report.

Annual Safety and Security Report  

Financial Value Transparency and Gainful Employment Regulations (2024)

The university is currently preparing data for the October 1, 2024, Financial Value Transparency and Gainful Employment Regulations. Compliance information is not available at this time. 

Incident and Grievance Reporting


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. Click here for more information on Title IX policies and procedures.



Vanguard University (“the University”) is committed to providing and maintaining a community here all individuals who participate in university programs and activities can achieve their academic and professional aspirations free from bias, discrimination, and harassment as described in this policy. Vanguard University’s complies with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as amended, the Violence Against Women’s Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the California Education Code, and other federal and state laws, which prohibit bias, discrimination, and harassment against protected categories in the University employment and educational programs and activities.

On behalf of the University, the Office of Human Resources responds to all allegations of discrimination and harassment and takes steps to ensure that each is handled according to applicable policies and legal requirements. These may include experiences of bias based on race, creed, color, sex, pregnancy/childbirth, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry (including lineal descent, heritage, parentage, caste, or any inherited social status), religion, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital or domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation and/or other legally protected characteristics. 

When the University becomes aware of a complaint or grievance that a member of the University community may have been subjected to or affected by bias, discriminatory, and/or harassing comments and/or behavior, the University will take prompt action, including a review of the matter and, if necessary, an investigation and appropriate action to stop the bias, discrimination, and/or harassment comments and/or behavior. The course of action taken by the University, including any disciplinary penalty, will depend on the particular facts and circumstances involved.

The University prohibits any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment. The University strongly encourages those who have experienced, witnessed, or become aware of conduct that violates this Policy to come forward so that the University can take appropriate steps to end the conduct, remedy its effects, and to prevent its recurrence. The University will protect the privacy of those who come forward to the extent possible and permissible by law.

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Grade Disputes

If a student files an academic grievance relative to a grade, he/she must prove that “error, prejudicial evaluation, or inconsistent application of standards” is the reason for the grade assignment. The student must follow the Grade Appeals Policy and Procedure as listed in the Academic Catalog.

Academic Policy Exception Form


Any student actively enrolled at Vanguard University who feel they have an academic grievance where a procedure is not addressed in the academic catalog or through other university processes, may follow administrative procedures to address their academic grievance:

1. Contact the appropriate academic Chair/Director in the department which the concern and/or grievance 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 grievance at the Dean level, 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 using the Vanguard University Complaint Form below and submit for intake. The final decision for appeals made in all student academic grievances resides with the Provost/VPAA, who serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University.

Vanguard University Complaint Form


Any student (residential or commuter) who feel they have been unfairly treated with in any area of the University regarding a non-academic matter is encouraged to contact the Vice President for Student Development. In the event that informal procedures fail to resolve the problem the student will indicate in writing the nature of the grievance, the evidence upon which it is based, and the redress sought. The grievance can be filed using the Vanguard University Complaint Form below and submit for intake. The Vice President for Student Development will review the grievance and act to bring formal resolution to the stated non-academic grievance in the matter of Student or Residence Life issues. If satisfactory action is not achieved, the appeal may be directed to the University President for final decision.



Vanguard University is committed to promoting an environment where:

  • Academic integrity is valued and expected
  • Excellence is sought and rewarded
  • Teaching and learning flourish
  • Diversity of thought and culture is respected
  • Intellectual freedom is preserved
  • Equal opportunity is afforded

To foster this environment, Vanguard offers students, faculty and staff access to a confidential, anonymous reporting system that is not part of the university. Available 24/7/365, LIGHTHOUSE sends the report to Vanguard University through the Chief Financial Officer, Sr. Director of Human Resources, and Chair of the Board of Trustees Audit Committee, while protecting the reporter's identity and allowing anonymous follow-up. The report is then forwarded to the appropriate investigating office for review and response.

LIGHTHOUSE does not replace existing university processes for reporting concerns or incidents of sexual violence, sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment or retaliation. It's an alternative for anyone who feels unsafe using the current channels for reporting.



It is expected that currently enrolled students and active employees 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 or employee may believe that these administrative procedures have not adequately addressed concerns. In those select cases, the following independent procedures are provided.

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

WSCUC values information provided by students, employees, and others in determining whether an institution’s performance is consistent with the Standards of Accreditation and Commission policies and procedures and has therefore established a policy and process for accepting complaints or comments. However, WSCUC does not mediate or resolve grievances around an individual employee or student issue, including issues of admission decisions, granting or transfer of academic credit, grades, fees, student financial aid, student discipline, transcripts, collective bargaining, faculty or staff appointments, promotion, tenure, contractual rights and obligations, and dismissals or similar matters. Additionally, online student may seek redress through their home state's higher education agency.  The WSCUC Complaint and Third-Party Comment Policy is here and the Reporting Form is here.

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

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:

Mailing Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 225
Sacramento, CA 95834

Telephone (916) 574-8900
Toll Free (888) 370-7589
Fax (916) 263-1897

California Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection

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 also be filed with the California Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection.