2019-2020 Academic Catalog

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Legal Statements

The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as the irrevocable terms of the contract between the student and Fuller Theological Seminary. Changes are effected from time to time in the general regulations and in the academic requirements. There are established procedures for making changes, procedures which protect the seminary’s integrity and the individual student’s interest and welfare.


Fuller Theological Seminary is committed to providing and modeling a learning, working, living, and community environment that is free of unlawful or prohibited discrimination in all of its policies, practices, procedures, and programs. This commitment extends to the seminary’s administration of its educational policies, admissions, employment, educational programs, and activities. In keeping with this commitment, the seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Student Concerns
130 N Oakland Ave, 2nd floor
Pasadena, CA 91101

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit https://ocrcas.ed.gov/welcome-to-the-ocr-complaint-assessment-system for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

In addition, the seminary’s Policy Against Unlawful Discrimination can be found on the Fuller website at https://www.fuller.edu/about/mission-and-values/community-standards7/.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

Fuller Theological Seminary also has a Policy Against Sexual Harassment, as well as a Policy Against Sexual Misconduct. Fuller Theological Seminary expects that the dignity of all people, female and male, will be revered and celebrated in behavior, attitude, and the use of language by each member of the seminary community. This expectation is grounded in the belief that Scripture affirms mutuality and care for the other, explicitly forbids behavior which arises from the abuse of power, and teaches that men and women together are created in God’s image and for God’s glory. The seminary is therefore committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty, administrators/managers, and staff can study and work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

You can find the complete text of these policies on the Fuller website at https://www.fuller.edu/about/mission-and-values/community-standards6/.

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 financial assistance…” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities that may be included are admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing, and employment. Title IX also protects men and women from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation.

Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. The Seminary considers sexual misconduct in any form to be a serious violation of the Christ-like conduct expected from all members of its community. This policy applies to any on-campus conduct and any off-campus conduct that affects the learning experience of students or the campus climate.

You can find the complete text of the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct on the Fuller website at https://www.fuller.edu/about/institutional-reports-and-documents/institutional-policies-procedures-and-resources/#misconduct.


Fear of retaliation should not hinder the reporting of an incident of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or unlawful discrimination. The seminary strictly prohibits retaliation against a member of the Fuller community who opposes the practices prohibited by these policies against sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and unlawful discrimination, who brings forth a complaint, against whom a complaint is brought, or who otherwise is a participant in a complaint resolution process. Fuller’s Policy Against Retaliation applies to all members of the seminary community, including students, faculty, administrators/managers, staff-level employees, and trustees.


The seminary recognizes its obligation to provide overall program accessibility for persons with disabilities. To obtain information as to the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, contact:

Access Services Office
130 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Inquiries and Complaints

Inquiries regarding Fuller’s Policy Against Unlawful Discrimination, Policy Against Sexual Harassment, Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Policy Against Retaliation, Statements of Community Standards, filing of a complaint pertaining to discrimination or sexual harassment or sexual misconduct or retaliation or violations of Community Standards, or requests for copies of the seminary’s complaint procedures, should be directed to:

Executive Director of the Office of Student Concerns
130 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Inquiries regarding Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 should be directed to:

Executive Director of the Office of Student Concerns (Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 Coordinator)
130 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Inquiries regarding Federal laws and regulations concerning nondiscrimination in education or the seminary’s compliance with those provisions may also be directed to:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239
San Francisco, CA 94102

State Complaints

Federal regulations require the States to provide students the ability to file complaints against educational institutions located in their state. Listed at https://www.fuller.edu/about/institutional-reports-and-documents/student-right-to-know-and-consumer-information/ under the Complaints tab is contact information for the filing of a complaint. Fuller Seminary encourages all students to first use all available grievance procedures provided by the institution before pursuing a complaint with a state agency.

Arizona Complaints
If a student complaint at the Arizona regional campus cannot be resolved after exhausting the Institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is:

1740 W. Adams Street, #3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.542.5709
Website: http://www.azppse.gov

Georgia Complaints
If a student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the Institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC). The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is:

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC)
2082 East Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: 770.414.3300
Website: https://gnpec.georgia.gov/student-complaints

North Carolina Complaints
If students are unable to resolve a complaint through the institution’s grievance procedures, they may review the Student Complaint Policy, complete the Student Complaint Form (PDF) located on the State Authorization webpage at https://www.northcarolina.edu/stateauthorization, and submit the complaint to studentcomplaint@northcarolina.edu or to the following mailing address:

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina System Office
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688

Washington Complaints
For Washington State residents seeking information and resources about student loan repayment or seeking to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit http://www.wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at loanadvocate@wsac.wa.gov.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit http://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.

Crime Statistics

In accordance with federal regulations, information on campus crime statistics is made available annually to all enrolled students and employees by email, and is made available to all applicants for admission or employment by link within the applicable Online Application process. Additional copies are available on request from the Department of Campus Safety, the Office of Admissions, or the Office of Human Resources, and may be found on the Fuller website at https://www.fuller.edu/About/Institutional-Reports-and-Documents/Student-Right-to-Know-and-Consumer-Information/.

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