“I never once thought, coming into this school, that I would be working for a scuba diving company as an occupational therapist. Never once did I think I would get to travel the world and interact with so many amazing people who have so many challenges and so many experiences—and be part of something so life-changing.” So says Jesseca Samaniego, OTD ‘21, who focused her capstone project in USAHS’ Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program on how to help people with disabilities learn to dive. This project has turned into a consulting job with Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), plus opportunities to present at national conferences and international events. The Diving Life Young Jesseca grew up in Oceanside, California, where she Read more
What is Title IX?
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.
What is USAHS’s view on Title IX?
USAHS believes that all members of the University community should be free from all acts of sexual harassment. USAHS does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates and is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner. Further, the requirement not to discriminate extends to admission and employment. All members of the University community and all visitors, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression are advised that any sexual harassment by any student, employee, or third party is prohibited. Any attempt to commit sexual harassment, or to assist or willfully encourage any such act, is a violation of the Title IX Policy. Sexual harassment is contrary to the basic values of USAHS, which include promoting a sense of community, fostering learning, instilling integrity, and achieving excellence. USAHS is committed to providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints of sexual harassment.
The USAHS Title IX Coordinator’s role is to assist those who believe they have been sexually assaulted, harassed, or discriminated against by a member of the USAHS community. All members of the USAHS community are entitled to report allegations to the police and do not need to wait until USAHS’s process and investigation is complete before reaching out to local law enforcement (i.e., processes may work simultaneously).
USAHS takes reports of sexual harassment seriously and we provide the following information relating to your rights and options as a victim of sexual harassment. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss these rights and options, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, who will assist you with available resources or provide help with filing a formal complaint.
Title IX Documents
Annual Security Report – All campuses (.PDF)