Student Resources

Academic & Ethical Standards

Title IX/Gender-Based Discrimination/Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with UWest mission and values as well as Federal and State laws, UWest does not tolerate gender-based discrimination/sexual misconduct. See also the university’s Non-Discrimination Policy. Sexual misconduct constituting sexual violence is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Code and other federal and state laws. UWest follows a multi-pronged approach to educating the community in ways to prevent the occurrence of sexual misconduct. 

Title IX of the Education Act requires gender equity for students of all genders in every educational program that receives federal funding. Specifically, the law states:

“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.”

All forms of sexual violence are considered to be serious offenses. Prohibited behaviors include sexual harassment, sexual assault & non-consensual sexual contact dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, relationship abuse, sexual exploitation, and intimidation.

Sexual violence can be committed by individuals of any gender, regardless of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and can occur between individuals of the same gender or different genders, strangers or acquaintances, as well as people involved in intimate or sexual relationships.



Training Materials

Questioning Techniques 

Title IX Procedures Training. (may take up to a minute to load)


To report incidents of or ask questions about gender-based discrimination/sexual misconduct as listed above, contact:

UWest Title IX Coordinator & Chief Student Services Officer
Vanessa Karam
Office: AD221
Tel: (626) 656-2130

Finding More Information
For definitions of prohibited behaviors, reporting and adjudication processes, and the like, see the UWest Gender-Based Discrimination/Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Policy.

For on-and off-campus resources for victims of sexual misconduct, see Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct.