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Title IX

Title IX refers to the following federal regulations: "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 education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 - Title IX)

Statement of Values

Mount Saint Mary's University believes in zero tolerance and is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex. Mount Saint Mary's University strives to promote an environment where mutual respect, civility, communication, cultural competency, understanding, and awareness are the basis for any activity or behavior. Mutual respect and communication are important to maintaining each individual's personal integrity when engaging in any activity or behavior. The University's policy refers to all forms of sex discrimination, including, but not limited to, faculty, staff, students, or third parties.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities that may be included are admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing, and employment. Title IX also protects men and women students from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment; unwelcomed sexual advances; or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

MSMU strictly prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment, discrimination or retaliation in any form. Anyone who violates this policy of zero tolerance is subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination or dismissal.

Additional information regarding the Office for Civil Rights, Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence .

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is supported by the University's administration and the Title IX team. Members of this interdepartmental team include the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputy Coordinators, the Director of Campus Security, Special Investigators and the Mount Community Assault Response and Education Support Team (MCARES).

The Title IX Coordinator's duties include monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title Compliance and the prevention of harassment and discrimination at the university, including coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students, and other members of the university community.

Duties of the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators also include the following:

* Tracking and monitoring incidents, including sex discrimination and sexual misconduct
* Ensuring that the university responds effectively to each complaint
* Where appropriate, conducting investigations of particular situations

If you have questions or concerns related to Title IX, please contact Mount Saint Mary's University's Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.

Primary Contacts:

Bernadette Robert

Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion

Michael McFatridge

Title IX Deputy (Students) and Lead Special Investigator
Director of Campus Security
310.954.4084 or 213.477.2955

Dana Lopez

Title IX Deputy (Staff) 
Director of Human Resources
(310) 954-4037   

Michele Starkey

Title IX Deputy (Faculty)
Assistant Provost 
(310) 954-4086  

Mount Saint Mary's University Student Affairs Offices

Chalon Campus

12001 Chalon Road
Humanities 200
Los Angeles, California 90049

Doheny Campus

10 Chester Place
Building 7
Los Angeles, California 90007

Department of Education

Office of Civil Rights
Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA