GCU’s Commitment to Title IX

At Grand Canyon University, we are committed to maintaining an academic environment that is free from gender or sexual discrimination and where members of the GCU community can fully access and benefit from the university's programs and activities.

Title IX prohibits sexual discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding; this includes nearly all colleges and universities.  

Here's what you need to know about Title IX:  

  • Gender or sex-based discrimination comes in a variety of forms including:
    • Sexual harassment
    • Sexual misconduct
    • Sexual assault
    • Relationship violence
    • Sexual exploitation
  • Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is banned by Title IX.
    • Did You Know? Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment when it interferes with or limits a student's ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program.
  • If a school knows about sexual harassment, Title IX requires the school to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment and prevent its recurrence.
    • Did You Know? Even if you file a police report, GCU is independently required to investigate the assault.
  • Sexual assault is a physical sexual act done against a person's will.
    • Did You Know? Sexual assault includes situations in which a person is incapable of giving consent due to drug or alcohol use.
    • Did You Know? One in five women is the victim of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college.
  • All incidents of sexual misconduct should be immediately reported.
    • Did You Know? GCU employees, except those who are legally required to keep confidentiality, are mandated to report information related to gender-based sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.  
  • Title IX applies to students, faculty, staff and campus guests. 
    • Did You Know? Title IX may extend to incidents that occur in off-campus settings, including trips, events at another location or off-campus parties.

GCU is committed to prompt investigation and resolution of reported issues.  

Schools are required to adopt and publish grievance procedures for students who complain about sexual discrimination, including sexual assault.

Please review the Notice of Non-Discrimination and learn more about the university's responsibilities to address complaints of sex-based discrimination and harassment under Title IX. 

Information, Policy and Resources Regarding Sexual Misconduct


Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Grievance Procedures

Notice of Non-Discrimination

To report sexual misconduct committed by an employee, contact:

Title IX Coordinator
Jennifer Lech, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and University Registrar
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017

To report sexual misconduct committed by a student, contact:

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Tim Griffin
Dean of Students
3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ 85017

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson, Department of Education
Building 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339