Sexual Misconduct Policy

Prohibition of Sexual Misconduct:

Palo Alto University (also referred to as “PAU” or “the university”) is committed to maintaining its campuses and programs free from all forms of sexual misconduct.  All forms of sexual misconduct are prohibited, including sexual and gender-related: violence, assault, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

To view Palo Alto University's sexual misconduct policy, inlcuidng how to report alleged violations and how to obtain support, please see the Palo Alto University Sexual Misconduct Policy:

Getting Help: 

The University encourages all members of the PAU community who believe they have been subjected to sexual misconduct to report these incidents to local law enforcement authorities and to seek medical attention.

  • For emergencies call:  911
  • City of Palo Alto Police Department: Emergency (650) 321-4433
  • Rape Trauma Services 24-Hour Helpline: (650)-692-7273
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Additional resources can be found in the Sexual Misconduct Policy above.

The Title IX Coordinator:

The Title IX Coordinator is the person designated by the University to oversee the university’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and to whom anyone with questions about this policy may be referred.

Palo Alto University has designated Thom Shepard, Dean of Students, as PAU’s Title IX Coordinator. He can be reached at (650) 433-3814, or by email at  Dean Shepard's primary office is located on PAU's Allen Calvin Campus, Building 3, Room 353, 1791 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, California 94304.  While Mr. Shepard's primary office is located on the Calvin Campus, he can meet with students at any of PAU's locations and via Zoom.  Besides himself as Intake Coordinator, Mr. Shepard may, on a case-by-case basis, designate another qualified individual from the university to serve as the Intake Officer for student sexual misconduct allegations.

Campus Reporting Options:


  • By submitting a written complaint by email to the PAU’s Title IX Coordinator & Dean of Student Services, Thom Shepard at