While there are a number of laws and regulations that mandate how universities handle allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, it is impossible to set forth every scenario that could be a violation of these policies. Ultimately, the university has the responsibility and discretion to determine whether or not the policy has been violated and impose appropriate sanctions for misconduct.
The university operates in compliance with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws/regulations, in conducting its programs/activities and in its employment decisions. Such laws and regulations include but are not limited to:
- Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Title VI which prohibits discrimination based on race, color and national origin.
- Title VII which prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, race, religion, color or national origin.
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff and the operation of its programs and activities.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public law 101-336) which is to afford the disabled equal opportunity and full participation in life activities and to prohibit discrimination based on disability in employment, public service, public accommodations, telecommunications, and transportation.
- The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 which prohibits age-based discrimination against persons of all ages in programs and activities of the University.
- The Age Discrimination Act of 1967 which prohibits discrimination against persons aged 40 and over regarding employment decisions.
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) which prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender (including sexual harassment) in programs and activities by recipients of federal financial assistance. Programs and activities include, but are not limited to, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, athletics, course offerings, and employment. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) which establishes legislation and expectations for higher education institutions regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. This includes complying with the Clery Act, SaVE Act and California Bill No. 967.