Title IX

Brandman University is an academic community for working students that seeks to maintain an optimal working and learning environment.  It is a community with high standards and high expectations for those who choose to become a part of it, including established rules of conduct intended to foster behaviors that are consistent with a civil and educational setting.  Members of the University are expected to comply with all laws and University policies, conducting themselves in ways that support a positive learning environment.

Title IX/VAWA/Clery training for students


Statement of Non-Discrimination

Brandman University is committed to providing an educational and work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment in any form, including but not limited to verbal, physical, written, electronically recorded, or visual. Brandman prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.The University also prohibits discrimination and harassment based on the perception that a person has any of the above protected characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or who is perceived as having any of the above protected characteristics. 

Note on Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination

Brandman University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities. The University and Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination covers sexual harassment, including sexual violence.  Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s age, use of drugs and/or alcohol, or intellectual or other disability.  Sexual violence includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

The University prohibits sex-based and gender-based discrimination and harassment even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

The entire Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination and Harassment Policy as well as the related Investigation, Hearing, and Appeal Processes are provided in the links above for ease of reference.


Reporting Options

Students, faculty, and/or staff who believe they have been subject to sex/gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, domestic violence, dating or other related inappropriate behavior or violence should freely and without fear of retaliation report such misconduct to either of the University’s Title IX Coordinator(s):

Parrish Nicholls

Director of Title IX, Ombudsman and Student Conduct Services
Lead Title IX Coordinator
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA  92618
949-383-3122
pnicholl@brandman.edu

CivilRightsComplaints@brandman.edu

Madiha Chughtai

Director of Employee Relations
Title IX Coordinator for Staff and Faculty
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA  92618
949-341-9934
chughtai@brandman.edu

CivilRightsComplaints@brandman.edu


Reports may also be made online through the University’s Incident Reporting Form found at: https://publicdocs.maxient.com/incidentreport.php?BrandmanUniv

 

In the event that an incident involves alleged misconduct by the Title IX Coordinator(s), reports should be made directly to:

Saskia Knight

Executive Vice Chancellor of Enrollment and Student Affairs
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA  92618
949-341-9829
knight@brandman.edu

For complaints involving alleged misconduct by the Title IX Coordinator for Staff and Faculty:

Roberta Dellhime
Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, Learning and Development.
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA  92618
949-341-9851
rdellhim@brandman.edu


 

Formal Grievance 

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the division of the federal government charged with enforcing compliance with Title IX.  Individuals experiencing any kind of harassment or discrimination also have the right to file a formal grievance with OCR:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
San Francisco Office
U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA  94105-1813
Telephone:  (415) 486-5555
Facsimile: (415) 486-5570
OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov
http://www.ed.gov/ocr

Regardless of the status of the respondent, the complainant should feel free to report violations of Title IX to any of the above individuals for investigation. The University will not tolerate retaliation against any individual who files a complaint under Title IX or who participates in an investigation of a complaint.

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