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 as immediate steps 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.

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

Immediate 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 take steps to provide security-related services (contact information for College Police, Title IX Administrator, escort services, protection against retaliation, restraining and protective orders, etc.) and other support services (mental health care, adjusting class schedules).

Investigation: A thorough investigation of the allegations will be undertaken that will include the collection and preservation of all evidence. The District will provide a copy of Sexual Misconduct Policy to the victim along with information regarding 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 of the outcome of the investigation and whether or not the accused will be administratively charged.