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Welcome to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX oversees the University’s compliance with Title IX, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and other state and federal civil rights laws. It helps investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX coordinates the prompt response, unbiased, impartial and thorough investigation, and equitable and timely resolution to all instances of discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct involving students, faculty, and staff. The Equal Opportunity and Title IX Team serves in a neutral role and can speak with all parties involved in a case about their rights. The team can also advise and refer parties to resources and options available both on- and off-campus throughout the response and resolution processes.

Creating a respectful learning and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence is a shared responsibility, aligning with the principles of diversity and inclusion central to Santa Clara University's Jesuit tradition. All members of our community must know where to turn if they have a concern, need assistance or support with issues of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. 

Santa Clara University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment. The University will take measures to eliminate this conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. In the process of doing so, the University provides several resources and services to assist students, faculty, and staff in addressing these issues.

  • For more information about the role of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, as well as the laws and regulations that guide our practices, please see our About Us page.
  • For more information about the University's equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct policies and procedures, please see our Policies page.

 

2020 Title IX Regulations Update

Please Note: On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued new Title IX Regulations mandating how campuses must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct cases under Title IX. 

2022 Mandatory Reporter Update

Effective January 1, 2022, per Senate Bill 493, all staff and faculty members are considered Mandatory Reporters of incidents or concerns involving Gender-Based Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct.

  • The term Mandatory Reporter or "Responsible Employee" means an employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual harassment or provide supportive measures to students, or who has the duty to report sexual harassment to an appropriate school official who has that authority.
  • The University has designated Confidential Resources students can connect with directly to learn more about the university’s investigation options, support resources, and supportive measures without filing a report with the university. Please see our Student Resources page for more information.

Inquiries regarding the University's equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Jenna Elliott, Interim Director for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, who serves as the University's designated Title IX Coordinator, ADA/504 Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer.

Jenna Elliott, Interim Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX 

Mailing Address: Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Office Location: Loyola Hall (North), Suite 140, 425 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Direct Line: 408-551-3521 | Main Office: 408-551-3043 

Email: jrelliott@scu.edu

To learn more about Jenna Elliott and the rest of the Equal Opportunity and Title IX team, please visit our Staff page. 

Claims of gender-based discrimination or other inquiries concerning the application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations may also be directed externally to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

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).

Alert icon COVID-19 Disclaimer Amid the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our community continue to be of utmost importance to SCU. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX is currently available for in-person meetings and consultations by appointment only (please contact titleixadmin@scu.edu). Staff will continue to offer remote (via telephone and video) meetings for the foreseeable future. For the latest information on SCU's response to COVID-19, please visit Prepared SCU.