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Welcome to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX oversees the University’s compliance with Title IX, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and other state and federal civil rights laws. It helps investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX

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The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX coordinates the prompt response, unbiased, impartial and thorough investigation, and equitable and timely resolution to all instances of discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct involving students, faculty, and staff. The Equal Opportunity and Title IX Team serves in a neutral role and can speak with all parties involved in a case about their rights. The team can also advise and refer parties to resources and options available both on- and off-campus throughout the response and resolution processes.

Creating a respectful learning and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence is a shared responsibility, aligning with the principles of diversity and inclusion central to Santa Clara University's Jesuit tradition. All members of our community must know where to turn if they have a concern, need assistance or support with issues of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. 

Santa Clara University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment. The University will take measures to eliminate this conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. In the process of doing so, the University provides several resources and services to assist students, faculty, and staff in addressing these issues.

  • For more information about the role of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, as well as the laws and regulations that guide our practices, please see our About Us page.
  • For more information about the University's equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct policies and procedures, please see our Policies page. 

Please Note: On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued new Title IX Regulations mandating how campuses must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct cases under Title IX. In compliance with these new regulations, Santa Clara University's Policy on Nondiscrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct has been updated as of August 14, 2020. For more information on these recent developments, please review the following official communications: 

Inquiries regarding the University's equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Jenna Elliott, Interim Director for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, who serves as the University's designated Title IX Coordinator, ADA/504 Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer.

Jenna Elliott, Interim Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX 

Mailing Address: Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Office Location: Loyola Hall (North), Suite 140, 425 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Main Office: 408-551-3043 | Direct Line: 408-551-3521

Email: jrelliott@scu.edu

To learn more about Jenna Elliott and the rest of the Equal Opportunity and Title IX team, please visit our Staff page. 

COVID-19 Disclaimer: 

Amid the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our community continue to be of utmost importance to SCU. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX is available for in-person meetings and consultations by appointment (please contact titleixadmin@scu.edu), and staff will continue to offer remote (via telephone and video) meetings for the foreseeable future.

For the latest information on SCU's response to COVID-19, please visit Prepared SCU.

Claims of gender-based discrimination or other inquiries concerning the application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations may also be directed externally to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Inquiries regarding civil rights compliance and employment discrimination may also be made externally to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).