Welcome to the Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) website on Title IX and its policy and procedures on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
In this site you will find information related to WesternU’s programs and services to ensure members of the WesternU community, its students, faculty, and staff, have equitable access to WesternU’s educational and employment programs and activities, without being discriminated based on a person’s sex.
WesternU’s policy and procedures on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct describe the University’s obligations and responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Code as amended in 1972, and under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. It also includes information on how to report complaints and the grievance processes utilized by WesternU.
Training materials are also included on this website. Additionally, there are some video training materials to help illustrate and convey some of the prohibited conduct described in the policy. Additionally, there are also training information on other elements of the policy, such as affirmative consent and bystander intervention.
WesternU also partners with organizations in the community and other outside providers. These are confidential resources that assist with services such as counseling, coaching, emergency shelter, crisis intervention, support groups, law enforcement navigation, hospital advocacy, evidence preservation, and forensic medical examinations.
1. Addressing complaints from faculty, staff and students on discrimination, harassment, interpersonal violence, and retaliation.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – protects employees and job applicants from employment discrimination based on the following protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex (pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity), and national origin.
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 – prohibits sex or gender discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance: dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and stalking.
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 – protects from age discrimination.
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act – protects from marital status discrimination.
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act – protects from military status discrimination.
- Retaliation based on participating in a protected activity (Title IX or Human Resource investigation).
2. Addressing complaints from prospective employees (applicants). WesternU is an equal opportunity employer.
- All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
Education & Training
- Requires that all staff, faculty, and supervisors complete a mandatory on-line harassment, discrimination, and retaliation training every two years.
- On alternating years, all staff, faculty, and supervisors are required to complete an on-line course on Title IX.
- Incoming students must complete an on-line course on Title IX in order to complete their registration and admission process.
- Supervisors and management staff identified as a “responsible employee” must complete an on-line course annually on the responsibilities of responsible employees.
To better serve the WesternU community, on-site/in-person training is available for all departments, programs and student groups. Please contact us if you have any questions about training and let us know how we can be of assistance.
These are the policies and procedures of WesternU on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct:
Policies and Procedures:
To report complaints of Title IX and/or Discrimination, Harassment, Interpersonal Violence, & Retaliation, please use the appropriate forms below:
If an advisor will be present for the meetings or any proceedings, please complete the Advisor Request form and submit it two (2) working days before the meeting to the Title IX Coordinator. The Advisor Guide will assist the Advisor in understanding their role in this process.
After completing the form, please sign it and send it to:
Associate Vice President of Equal Opportunity & Title IX Coordinator
Western University of Health Sciences
359 E. Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
These are resources available for those unsure about whether to report formally or who are interested in seeking counseling in addition to (or without) making a formal report. While discussing allegations with a confidential resource may not result in an identifying report to the Title IX Coordinator, they may have reporting (or other) obligations under the law.
Optum Employee Assistance Program
(services are available for students and employees)
www.liveandworkwell.com (access code: westernu)
Services: Counseling, Financial and legal advice, life balance support
For a complete summary of available confidential resources, please visit our websites:
WesternU Employees https://www.westernu.edu/hr/hr-benefits/
WesternU Students based in Pomona, CA https://www.westernu.edu/students/students-services/students-services-counseling/
WesternU Students based in Lebanon, OR https://www.westernu.edu/students-or/students-services-or/students-services-counseling-or/