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.
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.
Title IX and Non-Discrimination Policy
Grand Canyon 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, prohibits unlawful discrimination, including any form of harassment and/or retaliation, on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable law, in its employment, admissions policies, educational programs or activities. It is the purpose of the university to pursue the highest of academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. This policy also complies with the Title IX requirements related to non-discrimination.
Grand Canyon University adheres to all federal, state and local civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and education. As a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, GCU is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex. GCU also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internal or external to the institution. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, which are prohibited under Title IX and by university policy. Harassment or discrimination on the basis of any other classification protected by law is prohibited under university policy. Any member of the campus community, guest or visitor who acts to deny, deprive or limit the educational, employment, residential or social access, opportunities and/or benefits of any member of the GCU community on the basis of sex or other protected class status, is in violation of the Title IX and Non-Discrimination Policy. Any person may report sex discrimination, age, disability, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable law, in person, by mail, by telephone, by video or by email, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator (below).
Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators
Assistant Vice President of Academic Compliance
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Deputy Title IX CoordinatorKelsey Nelson, MBA
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
For students:Tim Griffin
Dean of Students
For athletics:Jamie Boggs
Director of Athletics
Institutional Access and Compliance Office:Isabel Mathews
Title IX Investigator
U.S. Department of EducationOffice for Civil Rights
Building 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
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.
Claimant: The person who is alleging a violation of the Title IX and Non-Discrimination Policy.
Respondent: The person whose actions are alleged to have violated the Title IX and Non-Discrimination Policy.
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.
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.
Forms of Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment
Any participants, beneficiaries, applicants or employees, including students, staff, faculty and visitors who believes they have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability (or is unsatisfied with accommodations provided by the University) may file a grievance. The University has both informal and formal mechanisms in place to resolve concerns about disability discrimination, denial of access to services, accommodations required by law or an auxiliary aid they believe they should have received (“disability-related issues”), such as:
- Disagreements regarding a requested service, accommodation, modification of a university practice or requirement or denial of a request.
- Inaccessibility of a program or activity.
- Violation of privacy in the context of a disability.
Discriminatory harassment, based on a protected class, creates a hostile environment when the behavior is sufficiently serious to deny or limit one’s ability to participate in or benefit from the recipient’s education programs and activities. Racial and national origin is a specific form of discriminatory harassment which can take many forms, including slurs, taunts, stereotypes or name-calling, as well as racially motivated physical threats, attacks or other hateful conduct.
Sexual harassment is a specific form of discriminatory harassment prohibited by Title IX and an unlawful discriminatory practice. Acts of sexual harassment may be committed by any person upon any other person, regardless of the sex of those involved. Sexual harassment, as an umbrella category, includes the offenses of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Information About Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Violence
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.
- 61% of men and 62% of women experience sexual harassment during college.
- 21-38% of college students experienced sexual harassment perpetuated by faculty/ staff.
- 39-64.5% of reported cases of sexual harassment were perpetuated by other college students.
- 37% of female students and 25% of male students reported that the harassment caused them not to want to go to class.
- At least 35% of college students who experience sexual harassment did not report it to a person of authority.
- It is estimated that the percentage of completed or attempted rape victimization among women in higher educational institutions may be between 20-25% over the course of a college career.
- It is estimated that between 15-17% of men are sexually assaulted over the course of a college career.
- Seven out of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault reported knowing the offender.
- Freshman and sophomores are at greater risk for victimization than juniors or seniors.
- 34% of students who report being sexually assaulted drop out of college prior to graduation.
- Only 10% of students who experience sexual assault report it to the police or campus authorities.