GCU's Commitment to Title IX

At Grand Canyon University (GCU), we are committed to maintaining an academic environment that is free from gender or sexual discrimination so members of the GCU community can fully access and benefit from the university's programs and activities. Learn more about the sexual misconduct policies at GCU.

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GCU is also committed to upholding Title IX, which prohibits sexual discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding; nearly all colleges and universities benefit from federal funding.

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Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators

Title IX Coordinator

For Title IX concerns, contact:

Jennifer Lech, PhD 
Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and University Registrar 
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
602-639-5900
titleix@gcu.edu
Deputy Coordinators

For students:

Tim Griffin
Dean of Students
602-639-6647
tim.griffin@gcu.edu

For faculty and staff:

Patti Stoner
Director of Human Resources
602-639-6744
patti.stoner@gcu.edu

For athletics:

Jamie Boggs
Director of Athletics 
602-639-6611
jamie.boggs@gcu.edu
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Building 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
Phone: 800-421-3481
Fax: 202-453-6012
TDD: 800-877-8339
ocr@ed.gov

What Is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal mandate that protects students attending educational institutions from sex discrimination. The law says that students cannot be denied participation in any school program solely based on their sex. Take a look at frequently asked questions about Title IX to learn more about this policy.

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Notice of Non-Discrimination

The university, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to take actions designed to ensure and promote the Christian principles that sustain its mission and heritage, is committed to maintaining an academic environment that is free from unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, color, religion, gender, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable law, and where members of the GCU community can fully access and benefit from the university's programs and activities. It is the purpose of the university to pursue the very highest employment and academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith.

The Law

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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

The Basics of Title IX
  • Title IX is a federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
  • It does not apply to female students or athletic programs only. It prohibits sex or gender discrimination in all educational activities or programs.
  • A school must be proactive in ensuring that its campus is free from sexual-based discrimination, harassment or violence.
  • Title IX protects students from facing retaliation, from any source, as a result of involvement with Title IX.
  • Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from ED, including state and local educational agencies.
  • The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) enforces institutions' compliance with Title IX standards. Learn more at  ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html

Definitions

Information about Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Violence

Sex Discrimination

Sex discrimination is a form of harassment that involves treating someone unfavorably because of that person's sex. Sex discrimination also can involve treating someone less favorably because of their connection with an organization or group that is generally associated with people of a certain sex, or because of the person's non-conformance with sex stereotypes.

Sexual Harassment

  • 67 percent of students reported experiencing harassment on campus.
  • 61 percent witnessed another student being harassed on campus.
  • Only 17 percent of students said that they reported harassment to a person of authority.
  • 46 percent of students indicated that harassment was the source of disappointment with their college experience.
  • 20 percent reported that harassment limited their ability to concentrate in class.
  • 23 percent said that harassment prevented them from attending class or other social activities on campus.

Sexual Violence

  • It is estimated that the percentage of completed or attempted rape victimization among women in higher educational institutions may be between 20 percent and 25 percent over the course of a college career.
  • Nine out of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault in college know their offender.
  • Off-campus sexual victimization is much more common among college women than on-campus victimization. Of victims of completed rape, 33.7 percent were victimized on campus and 66.3 percent off campus.
  • Freshmen and sophomores are at greater risk for victimization than juniors and seniors.