Title IX Information

Marymount California University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment that is free from sexual and gender-based harassment.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits any form of discrimination based on a person’s gender:

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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and therefore a violation of Title IX. Specific behaviors that are prohibited by Title IX include, but are not limited to, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity; stalking; and relationship violence that is gender-based. Title IX also prohibits discrimination of pregnant and parenting students. Many behaviors that violate Title IX also constitute crimes. Title IX provides for the equitable treatment of all individuals at the university, including in admissions, grading of student coursework, and in athletics.

Marymount provides resources and reporting options to students, faculty and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and university policy.

To file a complaint or for more information, please contact MCU’s Title IX Coordinator:

Karen Thordarson
Title IX Coordinator
Marymount California University
30800 Palos Verdes Drive East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

You may also contact the U.S. Department of Education:

A reporting party is not required by law to use the university’s grievance process before filing a complaint with Office of Civil Rights (OCR). If the reporting party uses Marymount California University’s grievance process and also chooses to file the complaint with OCR, the complaint must be filed with OCR within 60 days after completion of the MCU grievance process.

Office for Civil Rights, Regional Office
U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1813
Telephone: 415.486.5555
TDD: 877.521.2172
Fax: 415.486.5570

Please see Marymount California University Policy and Procedure for Civil Rights Equity Resolution for all Faculty, Staff and Students for detailed information regarding the university’s policies on protected classes, nondiscrimination, bias-related harassment, sexual misconduct, confidentiality issues and steps for grievance resolution. This policy provides procedures to resolve all forms of civil rights complaints, whether involving students, faculty, staff or visitors. All complaints will be addressed promptly and with the same set of processes.

Title IX Coordinator

Karen Thordarson