The Catholic University of America

Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Title IX Compliance Policy 

Approved by: President
History: Issued                 
  Revised            -- April 26, 2016  
  Last Reviewed -- February 5, 2019
Related Policies:
Additional References:
Responsible Official:
Equal Opportunity Officer tel. (202) 319-4177


I.          Policy


            A.         Discrimination and Harassment Prohibited


No person will be denied employment, admission, or educational opportunity, or otherwise be discriminated against or harassed at The Catholic University of America in its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, status as a veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable Federal and District of Columbia laws. These laws include, but are not limited to, the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended; the Americans With Disabilities Act; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 as amended; The Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act, as amended; and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. Nothing in this policy shall require The Catholic University of America to act in a manner contrary to the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church and the University's mission as the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States.


Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally-funded education program or activity.  The Catholic University of America prohibits sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault/violence, which are types of sex discrimination.


The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination, harassment, or sexual violence as part of its efforts to stop the unlawful behavior and prevent its recurrence.


            B.         Retaliation Prohibited


Retaliation against complainants, alleged victims, or witnesses is prohibited pursuant to the University’s Non-Retaliation Policy. Acts of retaliation will result in disciplinary action regardless of the outcome of the underlying complaint.


            C.         Affirmative Action


The Catholic University of America takes affirmative action to employ qualified women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


To comply with federal requirements regarding non-discrimination in admissions and operations, the Board of Trustees approved non-discrimination statement must appear in all University publications, such as catalogs and brochures. A required non-discrimination statement also must appear in written advertisements that are used to inform prospective students of University programs. 


II.         Responsible Officials  


The Equal Opportunity Officer has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of this policy.  The Title IX Coordinator, Frank Vinik (170 Leahy Hall, 620 Michigan Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20064, tel. (202) 319-4177, TITLEIX-COORDINATOR@CUA.EDU) has been designated to handle matters and overall campus coordination for purposes of Title IX compliance and will respond to inquiries regarding sex discrimination. Title IX inquiries also may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, the University’s Title IX Website and Sexual Offenses Policy for additional information.