Title IX and VAWA protections
The University takes sexual harassment, gender discrimination and sexual violence seriously. As a student, faculty member, staff member, or visitor you are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013. A link to the University of Phoenix’s Title IX and VAWA policy, Victim’s Bill of Rights and IL Victim’s Bill of Rights are provided. The Title IX and VAWA policy describes the University’s:
- Reporting policies and protocols for allegations of sexual violence
- Confidentiality in responding to and investigating these complaints
- Counseling, advocacy, and support
- Interim and protective measures for victims
- Investigation procedures and protocols
- Grievance/adjudication procedures
- Rights and roles of the parties during the adjudication process.
The decision to file a formal report or complaint about sexual violence and sexual assault is a personal choice. We’re here to help you understand your options and the resources available, whether you decide to report or not. If you decide not to file a formal report, UOPX resources are still available to you for counseling, academic support and other needs. Behavior that is covered by Title IX/Title VII/VAWA includes, but is not limited to:
Inappropriate language, humor and/or jokes, or common expressions that target or are discriminatory toward a specific gender (including pregnancy or childbirth), sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition, transgender status, or gender variance.
- Nonconsensual sexual contact
- Nonconsensual intercourse
- Taking sexual advantage of a consensual or nonconsensual person
- Displaying inappropriate sexual images that are offensive and unwelcome
- Unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct
- Exchanging sexual images, sexual acts or dating for grades or advancement
- Intimate partner violence, committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.
- Stalking — Unwelcome, continuous and menacing pursuit directed at a specific person electronically or in person that would cause a reasonable person to either fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.
- “Sexting” — Unwelcome text messaging or sexual comments and/or images
- Cyberbullying — Use of an electronic medium to target and psychologically torment a person
Get more information and support
To report a Title IX/Title VII violation, please contact our Title IX Coordinator. If you need to speak to someone immediately, counselors are available 24/7 at the Life Resource Center, accessible by logging on to eCampus, or by calling 866.320.2817.
The University of Phoenix Campus Safety Policies and Annual Security Report also provide additional information regarding definitions of prohibited conduct, counseling and assistance resources available and the sexual violence prevention and awareness programs available to all members of the University community. To learn more visit the University Campus Safety website here: https://www.phoenix.edu/about_us/campus-safety.html
Pregnant and Parenting Students
Since the passage of Title IX, sex discrimination - including discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, and parental status - has been prohibited.
At University of Phoenix, we are committed to making sure that the valuable learning opportunities we provide are available to all our students, including those who are pregnant or parenting. If you are a pregnant or parenting student, please contact the Title IX Office if you have any questions about what you may be entitled to under Title IX.
Title IX and VAWA policy
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Find your local OCR Office: wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm
Life Resource Center
Counselors are available 24/7
Title IX Coordinator
Bridget Beville, JD, Title IX Coordinator
4025 S. Riverpoint Pkwy.
Mail Stop: CF-K303
Phoenix, AZ 85040