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III. APPLICABLE LAW

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial aid.  Title IX states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.  Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in both the educational and employment settings.  Sexual harassment is defined in Section VII of this policy.

“Sexual Misconduct” includes a broad range of unwelcome behaviors that are often committed without consent or by force, intimidation, coercion, or manipulation.  Sexual Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment or discrimination and sexual assault.  Sexual Misconduct may also include such things as threatening speech of a sexual nature or making or sharing visual or auditory recordings of a sexual nature of another person without their consent.  Sexual Misconduct can be committed by men or women, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be directed to the following:

Title IX Coordinator
Vice President of Student Life

California Western School of Law
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101-3046
619-515-1567                                              
TitleIXCoordinator@cwsl.edu

San Francisco Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1813
415-486-5555
ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

Further, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”) became effective as of March 7, 2014, and covers domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (“VAWA Complaints”).  VAWA Complaints are referred to the Chief Conduct Officer, and at CWSL, that position is the Title IX Coordinator.  Any complaints of Sexual Misconduct or VAWA Complaints must be promptly reported to the Title IX Coordinator. 

CWSL’s policies are consistent with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all other applicable statutes and School policies.