Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

Southwestern Community College District prohibits crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and reaffirms its commitment to maintaining a campus environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of all members of the college community. Toward that end, Southwestern Community College District issues this statement of policy to inform the campus community of our programs to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as well as the procedures for institutional disciplinary action in cases of alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, which will be followed regardless of whether the incident occurs on or off campus when it is reported to a college official.

Timely notices will be made to the campus community on crimes considered to be a threat to other students and employees  that are reported to campus security or local law police agencies. Timely Warning Notices will be provided to students and employees in a manner that is timely, that withholds as confidential the names and other identifying information of victims, and that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

Southwestern Community College District is sensitive to those who report domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including informing individuals about their right to file criminal charges as well as the availability of counseling, health, mental health and other services on and/or off campus as well as additional remedies to prevent contact between a plaintiff and an accused party, such as academic, living, transportation and working accommodations and protective orders, if reasonably available. The District will make such accommodations, if the victim requests them and if they are reasonably available, regardless of whether the victim chooses to report the crime to College Police or local law enforcement.

Upon receipt of a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, Southwestern Community College District will provide written notification to students and employees about accommodations available to them, including academic, living, transportation, protective orders and working situations. The written notification will include information regarding the accommodation options, available assistance in requesting accommodations, and how to request accommodations and protective measures (i.e., the notification will include the name and contact information for the individual or office that should be contacted to request the accommodations).

To request accommodations to academic schedules and other academic accommodations, contact the Dean of Student Services, Malia Flood, Room S109, Cesar Chavez Student Services Center, phone 619-482-6369, email mflood@swccd.edu.  To request accommodations to working situations, contact David Caspi, the Title IX Administrator at (619) 482-6328.

To request assistance with protective measures or transportation to include campus escorts, contact the Chief of Police, Davis Nighswonger, College Police Department, Room 105D, phone (619) 482-6585, email dnighswonger@swccd.edu or the College Police Dispatch Center at (619) 482-6380.

A list of available campus and off-campus resources, counseling referrals, victim support resources, health and emergency referrals, and relevant College District policies and procedures can be obtained from either the Dean of Student Services, the Title IX Administrator or on the District’s website at http://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=5

Southwestern Community College District will protect the identity of persons who report having been victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the fullest extent of the law and as otherwise mentioned in this report. Victims may request that directory information on file with the college be withheld by request by contacting Malia Flood, Dean of Student Services (619) 482-6369 mflood@swccd.edu. Furthermore, the college will maintain as confidential, any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the college to provide the accommodations or protective measures.