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About the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX
Sex discrimination claims or other inquiries concerning the application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations may also be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, the Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights or both. Inquiries regarding civil rights compliance and employment discrimination may also be made externally to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
The Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX oversees the University’s equal opportunity programs and provides assistance in resolving and investigating complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual violence (sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking).
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX is ultimately responsible for ensuring in all cases that reports are handled with equal care and concern and with equity. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX also provides annual training to students, faculty, and staff to increase awareness and to help prevent sexual violence on campus. Annual training is also provided to all advocates, Title IX investigators, hearing officers, panelists, and appeals officers to ensure that the investigation and adjudication process protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability.
Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX promotes equity in academic and athletics programs, preventing hostile environments on the basis of sex, sexual misconduct, and preventing discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Santa Clara University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or forms of sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking also prohibited by University Policy.
For more information about the equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and sexual policies, guiding principles, definitions, and procedures for making and resolving complaints see https://www.scu.edu/title-ix/policies-reports. Inquiries regarding the University's equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Director for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX who serves as the University’s designated Title IX Coordinator and ADA/504 Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer.
Belinda Guthrie, Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator
Santa Clara University | Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX
500 El Camino Real | Santa Clara, CA 95053
Office Location: Loyola Hall, Suite 140, 425 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
Main Office: 408-551-3043 | Direct Line: 408-554-4113