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Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Students

Azusa Pacific University is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes all forms of sexual misconduct. Sex discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. APU considers sex discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This policy refers to all forms of sex discrimination, including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX 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” (20 U.S.C. § 1681). To ensure compliance with Title IX, APU has developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination in all of its forms.

If you have been sexually assaulted, please read Guidance on Taking Immediate Action.

Guidance on Reporting

APU encourages those who have experienced any form of sex discrimination to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, and to pursue University conduct charges and criminal prosecution of the offender. APU takes complaints very seriously and will work with victims to ensure their safety as much as possible and to remedy the situation. To encourage reporting, the university pursues a policy of limited immunity (see References on Immunity for Victims) from being held responsible with policy violations related to the particular incident.

APU encourages those who have experienced sex discrimination to report these offenses to the Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Title IX Coordinators, or the Department of Campus Safety. The Title IX Coordinator can assist with all aspects of the reporting procedure and will conduct an investigation into a complaint.

Grievance Procedure

All incidents of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct or retaliation, should be reported. The Title IX Coordinator will provide for a thorough, reliable, and impartial investigation of all complaints.

Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators

The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are the individuals designated by the President with responsibility for providing education and training about discrimination and harassment to the University community and for receiving and investigating reports and complaints of discrimination and harassment in accordance with this policy. The Title IX Coordinator is authorized to designate other appropriately trained individuals to receive and investigate reports and complaints of discrimination and harassment complaints and reports as deemed appropriate.

Title IX Coordinator

John Baugus
Executive Director of Human Resources
Office location: Administration West, Suite 117, 568 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 815-4622

Deputy Coordinators

Shino Simons
Associate Dean of Students/Administrative Judicial Officer
Office location: East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 815-2067

April Reed
Assistant Athletics Director/Head Athletic Trainer
Office location: West Campus, 701 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5191

Christine Guzman
Assistant Professor and Field Education Director, Department of Undergraduate Social Work
Office location: East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2761

Linda Perez
Director of Graduate and Professional Student Affairs
Office location: Graduate and Professional Center, 568 East Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 815-4602

If you have any other questions or concerns related to sexual misconduct, please contact John Baugus, Title IX Coordinator.