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Non-Discrimination Policy / Anti-Harassment Policy / Title IX Coordinator

Non-Discrimination Policy

Thomas Aquinas College is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Anyone who believes that the College has, through any of its agents, officials, programs, or activities, violated any such applicable law should notify the official below promptly so that complaints can be quickly and fairly resolved. The official will investigate the alleged incident promptly and thoroughly, affording all concerned an opportunity for explanation. The official will notify the complainant of the final decision, which the complainant may appeal to the President, whose decision will be final.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy:

Michael Collins
St. Thomas Hall, Room 128
10,000 Ojai Rd., Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 421-5908


Anti-Harassment Policy

Thomas Aquinas College is committed to providing a school environment that is free of harassment, including sexual harassment. If you believe you are being subjected to such harassment, or if you witness conduct that you believe constitutes harassment, you must report the matter to the attention of the Assistant Dean or the Title IX Coordinator immediately so that complaints can be quickly and fairly resolved.

The law protects you from any retaliation for reporting or participating in an investigation of a discrimination or discriminatory harassment complaint. A prompt and thorough investigation of the alleged incident will be conducted. To the extent possible, the investigation and any subsequent action will proceed in an atmosphere of confidentiality.

Sexual harassment is considered to be unlawful sex discrimination and may be found when, among other reasons, a student initiates unwelcome sexual advances, remarks or jokes of a sexual nature, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, which has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile and intimidating environment sufficiently severe or pervasive to substantially impair a reasonable person’s participation in the College’s programs or activities. In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be given to the record of the incident as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incidents occurred.

The Assistant Dean's contact information is:

Assistant Dean
St. Thomas Hall, Room 132
10,000 Ojai Rd., Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 421-5958

The Title IX Coordinator’s contact information is shown below.


Title IX Coordinator

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Mr. John Quincy Masteller serves as Thomas Aquinas College’s Title IX Coordinator. As Title IX Coordinator, he is responsible for ensuring that the College complies with Title IX and properly investigates complaints of sexual discrimination, harassment, assault, violence, and other sex-based complaints from students, staff and faculty. Mr. Masteller is also responsible for ensuring that the College community is properly trained regarding Title IX.

Mr. Masteller’s contact information is:

John Quincy Masteller, Title IX Coordinator
St. Thomas Hall, Room 101
10,000 Ojai Rd., Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 421-5930

Mr. Masteller also serves as Thomas Aquinas College’s General Counsel.