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Title IX

Title IX Policy

The United States Department of Education (DOE) mandates that institutions comply with specific requirements under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. NewSchool of Architecture and Design is committed to providing a safe educational and working environment for its students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design believes that all members of the University community should be free from all acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment and discrimination, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, and stalking. All members of the NewSchool community and all visitors, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression are advised that any sexual misconduct by any student, employee, or third party is prohibited. Any attempt to commit sexual misconduct, or to assist or willfully encourage any such acts, is a violation of this Policy. Sexual misconduct is contrary to the basic values of NewSchool, which include promoting a sense of community, fostering learning, instilling integrity, and achieving excellence. NewSchool is committed to providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints of sexual misconduct.

This Policy applies to all complaints of sexual misconduct in NewSchool’s education programs and activities. It prohibits conduct that: occurs on campus or other University property; occurs in connection with NewSchool’s educational programs or activities, whether on or off-campus; or otherwise affects the University community. This Policy prohibits sexual misconduct by all third parties (including but not limited to visitors, guests, volunteers and contractors) on NewSchool’s campuses and during university activities. It also applies to applicants for admission to, or employment with, NewSchool.

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from the University for students and termination of employment for faculty and staff. When used in this Policy the term “complainant” refers to a person claiming that a violation of this Policy occurred, and the term “respondent” refers to a person accused of violating this Policy.

READ MORE about the Title IX Policy here.

Title IX Reporting

Any questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the NewSchool’s Title IX Coordinator or to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Filing a Criminal Complaint: Students, faculty, and staff members have the right to file both a criminal complaint and a Title IX complaint simultaneously. To file a criminal complaint please contact the San Diego Police Department, Central Division.

NewSchool’s Title IX Coordinator

Paul Hendricks

NewSchool’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Grace Thomas

 San Diego Police Department
Central Division
2501 Imperial Avenue
San Diego, CA 92102

Title IX Training Materials

All individuals with responsibilities under this Policy shall have appropriate training in this Policy and in the requirements of Title IX and related laws. Training shall include training relating to sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking as defined in this Policy.

34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10) requires all NSAD employee Title IX training materials to be posted publicly. Many of the materials posted to this site are proprietary and are copyrighted. Your right is a right of inspection and review of the materials on this site, only.

No other right is granted beyond viewing. You are not authorized to copy, use, adapt, save, repost, share publicly, or alter any contents from this site. You are not permitted to use the materials on this site for training, or for any commercial purpose.

Title IX Certification Presentation Training   |   Title IX & VI Incident Reporting From 2024

Title IX Training Series:

Module 1 – An Introduction to Managing Title IX Sexual Harassment on Campus (

Module 2 – Formal Complaints of Title IX Sexual Harassment (

Module 3 – Title IX Investigations & Informal Resolutions (

Module 4 – Title IX Hearings (

Module 5 – Title IX Determinations (

Module 6 – Title IX Appeals (

Title IX Q & A

Athletic departments are not the only component of college life governed by Title IX.  The regulations prohibit sex discrimination in regard to all programs, including:

  • Course offerings, classroom access, grading, and other academics.
  • Student counseling and academic support.
  • Hiring and retention of employees (staff, faculty, and administration.)
  • Job related benefits and leave.

In addition to sex discrimination, Title IX also prohibits sexual misconduct (which includes sexual harassment, gender harassment, and sexual violence). Additional information regarding what behaviors may constitute sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct is available in NSAD Title IX Policy located on its website and in its student, faculty, and employee handbooks.

Title IX serves to protect the rights of men and women. Title IX requires that males and females receive fair and equal treatment in all educational and employment areas.

Title IX also protects individuals who report sex discrimination and sexual misconduct from retaliation by individuals or by institutions. The reporting of incidents of discrimination is integral to the effective enforcement of Title IX law.

Therefore, the protection of complainants, as well as the accused, is important. Retaliation against any individual who reports or makes a complaint about a Title IX violation will not be tolerated at NSAD. The college will impose appropriate corrective action against any individual found to have engaged in acts or threats of retaliation.

All educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are affirmatively required to adhere to Title IX regulations. Even if only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations.

Certain employees of the College are required to report instances of alleged violations of Title IX. Without exception, if an employee is not sure if a situation warrants reporting, he/she must seek guidance from the Title IX Coordinator. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistance operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.

To ensure compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone’s responsibility. The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX, in the extreme circumstances, can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding including grants and student loans. It can also result in the termination of a college employee or the dismissal of a student.

Any member of the NewSchool community, who believes he/she has been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, or who has witnessed such conduct, should report such misconduct or file an informal or formal complaint with the College’s Title IX Coordinator.

Students who believe they have been or are victims of sex discrimination or sexual harassment, including sexual assault or sexual violence on or off campus, whether by College employees, contracted services employees, other students or non-community members, are encouraged to request immediate personal support and assistance from any member of the Office of Student Services or the Title IX Coordinator.

Student complaints against other students concerning sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct may be made on an informal or formal basis with the College’s Title IX Coordinator. All complaints filed with or received by the Title IX Coordinator will be forwarded to the Compliance Director and the university investigators, who will initiate an appropriate investigation process.

Employees who believe they are being harassed or discriminated against on account of their gender should promptly make a report to the Title IX Coordinator, to his/her supervisor, Human Resources, President, or Director of Compliance.

All reports made to the employee’s supervisor, campus President, in turn, will be immediately forwarded to the Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator and the Director, Compliance.

NewSchool will utilize its best efforts to protect all College community members from sex discrimination, gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence.

  1. NewSchool will take affirmative and corrective action whenever it becomes aware of possible sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct within the College community, whether or not a complaint has been made.
  2. In order to meet its Title IX obligations and to the extent possible, every effort will be made to keep the details of complaints confidential if requested to do so by a victim of sexual misconduct and to follow the district’s procedures for conducting an investigation and recommendations.  However, NewSchool’s ability to strictly observe confidentiality may be compromised where the safety of members of the community is judged to be at risk.
  3. The safety and security of all members of the College community is a priority matter.
  4. The internal investigation of a complaint will be conducted, and a decision rendered, no matter the timeline or outcome of case adjudication by external authorities. Expanded information concerning sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and NewSchool Title IX Policy and Procedures Governing the Reports and Investigation of Title IX Complaints, can be found in the NewSchool Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at

NewSchool encourages everyone to report all forms of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct to the College, District and/or the police. Making a report means telling someone in a position of authority what happened – this can be in person, over the phone, or in an email.

Contact the Title IX Coordinator or submit an online complaint form.

Please note the Title IX Coordinators deal specifically with gender-based discrimination and harassment. You can report all other forms of unlawful discrimination or harassment by submitting a completed complaint form to the Director of Compliance, Training & Employee Relations.

Anyone (students, faculty, or staff) can report gender-based discrimination or sexual misconduct to the college. It does not matter if you were personally involved in an incident or if you witnessed something happening to someone else.

NewSchool follows the See Something, Say Something, Do Something model. This means we expect community members to look out for each other and report misconduct that affects all members of our campus community.

You should report incidents of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct as soon as possible. While it is never too late to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, or dating or domestic violence, it is much easier to conduct a thorough investigation if a report is made in a timely manner. Reporting instances of sexual misconduct as soon as possible allows the college help you (and other affected parties) connect with valuable support services.

You have the choice to report sexual misconduct to NewSchool of Architecture & Design, or District Police or local Police. You can file a report with the district and still decline to file a report with local law enforcement agencies.

If you are unsure of where to file your report, contact the College’s Title IX Coordinator to discuss your reporting options, and help you file a report with NSAD if you so desire. Report all instances of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator.

It is the responsibility of all students and employees to keep our college safe. Together, we can learn more about how to stop sexual harassment and sexual violence and take actions that will keep all of us safe and successful during our time at NewSchool. To learn more about Title IX.

To find resources on stopping sexual harassment and sexual violence and to see what you can do to help.