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The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX

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COVID-19 UPDATE

OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND TITLE IX

Dear students, faculty and staff and members of the broader campus community,
 
The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance to SCU. On March 16, 2020, Santa Clara County and surrounding counties in the Bay Area issued a Shelter in Place Order ("Order') directing all residents to stay home except to meet essential needs effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until May 3.
 
Please continue to monitor your email and stay informed of the latest updates on the Santa Clara University COVID-19 website, www.scu.edu/covid-19/. The situation is continuing to evolve and we will continue to update our information and resources. These are particularly challenging times for all. Please stay safe, informed, calm, and generous in spirit.
 
Sincerely,
 
Belinda Guthrie
Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX
 
Jenna Elliott
TItle IX Investigator
 
Lucy Amirkhanian
Senior Administrative Assistant
 
Daily Operations
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX operations, including the majority of our work, will be done remotely due to the need to flatten the curve and spread of COVID-19. We are available to provide information, guidance, and other resources to address your concerns. Staff will remain available during normal business hours for remote or telephone meetings and consultations. 
  •  To view individual contact information for staff members, visit here
Anyone impacted by discrimination, harassment and/or sexual misconduct is encouraged to contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX office immediately to make a report [https://www.scu.edu/title-ix/reporting/] and/or to inquire about resources that remain available both on- and off-campus. 
 
Please note:  University policies (www.scu.edu/title-ix/policies-reports/) on discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct apply to behaviors that occur in person between members of the university community, but also apply to online and virtual misconduct. Any behavior that is prohibited by policy is also likely prohibited in cyber-forms, including cyber-harassment, cyber-bullying that is sex-based, and cyber-stalking. Members of the community are expected to maintain a tone of civility and respect in online classes just as they would if they were in class physically.
 
Supportive/Interim Measures
SCU is dedicated to ensuring continuity of supportive and interim measures for individuals. We understand that needs can shift as the COVID-19)pandemic situation continues to change rapidly.  We welcome communication with our office so we may best support our students, faculty, and staff. If assistance is needed please contact 
INVESTIGATION AND HEARINGS
Investigations and hearings will be conducted remotely, and remedies provided, to assure that any discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, retaliation, or other sexually discriminatory behaviors are addressed promptly. Please contact Belinda Guthrie, Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX with questions and concerns, bguthrie@scu.edu.