Title IX

“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(a).

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination. Saint Mary’s College of California is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including discrimination based upon sex. Saint Mary’s College of California provides support and resources to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns related to sex discrimination. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for raising a complaint under Title IX or for advocating for a right protected by Title IX.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is the entity that is charged with enforcing Title IX compliance. Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105-1813, telephone 415-486-5555, fax 415-486-5570, or email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov.  The website for the Office of Civil Rights can be located by following this link.

The regulations implementing Title IX requires the University to “designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under [Title IX].” 34 C.F.R. § 106.8. Title IX The College has appointed Laurie Panian, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, as Title IX Coordinator. 

The responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator include the following responsibilities:

  • Oversee overall Title IX compliance
  • Support Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Ensure prompt and equitable resolutions
  • Establish a centralized reporting process for all sexual harassment/misconduct allegations on campus
  • Conduct on-going and annual climate checks/tracking/monitoring of sexual harassment/misconduct allegations on campus
  • Coordinate all training, education and prevention efforts

Title IX Officer and Deputy Coordinators:

Title IX Coordinator

Laurie Panian
Associate Vice President for Human Resources 

Title IX Deputy Coordinators

Available during regular office hours. After 5 PM call Department of Public Safety.

Evette Castillo Clark, EdD (For Students)
Dean of Students (Students)

Stacy Vander Velde (For Students)
Director of Community Life)

Erika Roesch (for Faculty and Staff)
Recruiting Manager, Human Resources

Kami Gray (For Athletics)
Senior Women's Administrator/Associate Director of Athletics