Title IX, United States Education Amendment of 1972

Southwestern Community College District is committed to support all regulations under 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 investigations are undertaken when the college is notified or any informal or formal complaint of sexual misconduct made by any person (student, employee, faculty member, contractor, etc.).

By calling, writing or otherwise notifying the College Police (if the victim so desires), the Titles IX Administrator, Vice President of Human Resources, the Dean of Students or other college designees; resources will be provided, on and off campus, to include medical and health services, to persons who have been victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking. The District will also apply appropriate disciplinary procedures to those who violate District policy and procedures.

The procedures set forth below are intended to afford a prompt response to charges of sexual assault, domestic violence or dating violence, and stalking, to maintain confidentiality and fairness consistent with applicable legal requirements, and to impose appropriate sanctions on violators of District policy and procedures.

As time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable; thereby making investigation, possible prosecution, disciplinary proceedings, or obtaining protective orders more difficult to obtain. If a victim chooses not to make a complaint regarding an incident, he or she nevertheless should consider speaking with College Police or other law enforcement to preserve evidence in the event that the victim changes her/his mind at a later date.

If a report of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking is reported to the District, the following procedures will be undertaken:

Initial Action: The District will provide victim(s) with access to medical care. The District will also assess the safety needs of the victim(s) and accused, and may take steps to provide security-related services. Victims and accused will be provided with contact information for the College Police and the Title IX Administrator; information about escort services, protection measures against retaliation, and restraining and protective orders along with details of other support services such as mental health care and adjusting or accommodating class schedules.

Investigation: An investigation of the allegations will be undertaken that will include the collection of all evidence. The District will provide a copy of Sexual Misconduct Policy to the victim and the accused along with information regarding estimated time frames for inquiry, investigation, and resolution.

The investigation will apply a preponderance of the evidence standard in determining if a violation of District policy occurred. The District will inform the victim and accused of the outcome of the investigation and whether or not the accused will be administratively charged.