Know Your Rights: Title IX in San Diego

What is 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 educational assistance…” – TITLE IX, EDUCATION AMENDMENTS OF 1972

Meaning, if you are enrolled at any school (high schools included!) that receives federal funding, you have the federally-protected right to attend school and school-sanctioned events (including sports) without being sexually harassed or discriminated against on the basis of your sex.

Sexual harassment includes (but is not limited to): attempted or completed rape or sexual assault; unwanted pressure for sexual favors or dates; unwanted touching, cornering, or leaning over; unwanted sexual looks or gestures; unwanted letters, telephone calls, or materials of a sexual nature; and unwanted sexual comments, jokes, remarks, or questions.

Who does Title IX protect?

“Title IX protects all students at recipient institutions from sex discrimination, including sexual violence. Any student can experience sexual violence: from elementary to professional school students; male, female, [and gender nonconforming] students; straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students; part-time and full-time students; students with and without disabilities; and students of different races and national origins.” Additionally, “Title IX protects all students at recipient institutions in the United States regardless of national origin, immigration status, or citizenship status” (OCR Title IX Resource).  Title IX also protects faculty and staff from any sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence (KnowYourIX).

What is the role of a Title IX Coordinator?

See this comprehensive overview for information about a Title IX Coordinator’s role. Also, see the Department of Justice website or see the Title IX resource guide here.

When should you contact your Title IX coordinator or Deputy Coordinator?

  • to “seek information or training about students’ rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,
  • to “file a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,
  • to “notify the College of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns,
  • to “get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, and
  • to “ask questions about the College’s policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.”

To file a Title IX Claim

Contact your Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Coordinator on campus. For a list of Title IX Coordinators at San Diego County universities, please see below (listed alphabetically).  Also, look up your Title IX coordinator here.

If your school does not have a Title IX coordinator or your claim has been mishandled, you have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights with the US Department of Education.

Office for Civil Rights

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-1100

Customer Service Hotline: (800) 421-3481

TDD#: (877) 521-2172



If you’ve been sexually assaulted and you’d like help, call our hotline and ask to be connected to an advocate: (888) 385-4657  — the hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We welcome all genders and relationships. 


Title IX Coordinators at San Diego Universities

Note: This information is correct to the best of our knowledge as of 09/1/17.

Alliant International University

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Mary Oling-Sisay

Vice President for Student Affairs Policy Assurance

10455 Pomerado Road San Diego, California 92131



Azusa Pacific University

Title IX Coordinator

Christine R. Guzman

Office location: East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Phone: (626) 815-2065




Deputy Title IX 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



John Baugus

Executive Director of Human Resources

Office location: Administration West, Suite 117, 568 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702

Phone: (626) 815-4622



Elaine Richardson

Director, Office of Women’s Development

Office location: East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Phone: (626) 815-2068




Cal Western School of Law 

Title IX Coordinator

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

225 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101-3046



Cal State San Marcos – CSUSM

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Bridget Blanshan

(760) 750-4056



Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics

Jennifer Milo

Athletic Director

(760) 750-4935



National University

If the complaint involves a National University Student:

Office of Student Affairs Title IX Compliance and Grievances Coordinator

National University

11255 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla CA 92037

(858) 642-8097


If the complaint involves a National University Staff member (not faculty), contact:

Associate Vice President

Human Resources National University

11255 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 642-8195


If the complaint involves a National University Staff faculty member, contact:

Provost National University

11355 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 642-8135


Point Loma Nazarene University

Title IX Coordinator

Caye Smith, Psy. D.

Vice President for Student Development


Office Phone: (619) 849-2313

Office Location: 3rd floor, Nicholson Commons, Room 303


San Diego Christian College

Title IX Coordinator

Rick Roof

Dean of Students


Phone: 619-201-8740

Office Location: E209


Title IX Deputy Coordinators

Carolyn DeLeon, Director – Human Resources


Phone: 619-201-8706

Office Location: E202


Tammy Dally, Faculty Assistant (faculty)


Phone: 619-201-8707

Office Location: F200


Pete Goodman, Director of Student Life (students)


Phone: 619-201-8694

Office Location: A117


Carolyn Peters, Director of Athletic Training and Conditioning


Phone: 619-201-8734

Office Location: Athletics Office



Title IX Coordinator

Jessica Rentto

Associate Vice President, Administration


Phone: 619-594-6017


We also have a full-time CCS advocate on campus at SDSU who provides no-cost advocacy services to students, faculty, and staff at SDSU who have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence. For more information about how our CCS advocate, Lauren Murcko, can help the SDSU community, call: 619-594-0210, email lmurcko@ccssd.orgor stop by her office at Student Health Services in the Calpulli Center on campus.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Title IX Coordinator

Lisa Ferreira

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Phone: (619) 961-4202




Title IX Officer

Jennifer Broomfield

Director/Title IX Officer

9500 Gilman Dr. # 0024, La Jolla, CA 92093-0024

Phone: (858) 534-8298


University of Phoenix

Title IX office: 866.320.2817




Title IX Coordinator

Nicole Schuessler Veloz, Ph.D.

Director of Title IX, EEO Programs and Employee Relations

Maher Hall 101, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4594



Community Colleges:

San Diego Community College District

Title IX Coordinator for San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, & San Diego Miramar College (also known as San Diego Community College District):

Title IX Coordinator

Christopher May


Phone: 619-388-6805


Title IX Investigator

Leslee Morris


Phone: 619-388-6809



Title IX Deputies available on campus at City College, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education:

City College

Marciano Perez

Dean of Student Affairs


Phone: 619-388-3981

Location: M-200


Mesa College

Ashanti Hands

Vice President of Student Services


Phone: 619-388-2699

Room: I4-409


Tim McGrath

Vice President of Instruction

Deputy Title IX Coordination for Atheltics


Phone: 619-388-2755

Room: A-100


Miramar College

Gerald Ramsey

Vice President of Student Services


Phone: 619-388-7432

Room: N-203


Continuing Education

Star Rivera-Lacey

Vice President of Student Services


Phone: 619-388-4850

Room: 104



Grossmont College

Title IX Coordinator

Tim Corcoran, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources


Phone: (619) 644-7572


MiraCosta College

Title IX Coordinator

Hayley Schwartzkopf

Director of Labor Relations & Title IX Coordinator


Phone: (760) 795-6865


Palomar Community College

Interim Title IX Coodinator

Adrian Gonzales

Phone: (760) 744-1150 ext. 2826



Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Shawna Cohen

Phone: (760) 744-1150 ext. 2608



San Diego Unified School District

Title IX Coordinator

Lynn A. Ryan

4100 Normal Street, Room 2129, San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619-725-7225




Southwestern College

Vice President for Human Resources
Room 1650
Phone: 619-482-6328


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By CCS Staff Lindsay Riedel, Education & Outreach Manager

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