The District encourages all individuals to report misconduct to any District employee that the Complainant trusts. Under Title IX, the District is required to take immediate and corrective action if a “responsible employee” knew or, in the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about sexual or gender-based harassment that creates a hostile environment. These actions include:
Stopping the conduct
Preventing its reoccurrence
Mitigating its effects
Providing interim remedies to both Parties
Taking steps to ensure the safety and security of our campus community
The District considers all employees “responsible employees” (with the exception of psychologists at the Student Health Center), and they are required to share a report of misconduct with the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will conduct an initial assessment of the conduct, the Complainant’s expressed preferences, if any, as to the course of action, and the necessity for any interim remedies or accommodations to protect the safety of the Complainant or the community.
What to know as a Responsible Employee
You are not a counselor or an investigator and no one is asking or expecting you to perform these duties. You are the bridge to connect students to campus and community support.
Acknowledge the boundaries of your relationship with the student while helping the student access the resources and assistance. You can also offer to walk the student over to the Student Health Center or to Campus Safety for further assistance.
If someone reports sexual misconduct to you, remember to A.C.T!
Assess their level of safety
Unless there is a threat of imminent danger, ask the victim if they would feel comfortable with you calling Campus Safety or 9-1-1.
Consider medical attention
Remember it is the student's decision whether or not they receive medical attention. Your role is to remind them to consider all of their options, which include:
- Visit the Health Center (during business hours)
- Transport via a friend or family member to a local hospital
- Call Campus Safety for transport to a medical facility
You can also encourage them to talk to a psychologist at the Student Health Center.
Talk about their options
Provide the following information:
- Santa Ana Police Department (714-245-8665)
- Orange Police Department (714-744-7444)
- Campus Safety
- SAC (714) 564-6330
- SCC (714) 628-4730
- CEC (714) 241-5738
- OEC (714) 628-5950
- Title IX Coordinator (714) 480-7404
- Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
- SAC (714) 564-6216
- SCC (714) 628-4773
Confidential Resource on Campus:
- SAC (714) 564-6216
- SCC (714) 628-4773
Orange County Resources for Counseling, Accompaniment, and Advocacy:
- North Orange County Sexual Assault Victim Services (714) 834-4317
- South Orange County Sexual Assault Victim Services (949) 752-1971
- Rape Crisis Hotlines (24/7) (714) 957-2737 and (949) 831-9110
- Domestic Violence Assistance Program - (714) 935-7956
- Temporary Restraining Order Infoline (24/7) (714) 935-7956
- VINE Service (Victims can receive immediate notification upon the release of a suspect from custody) (800) 721-8021
How to Provide Support
As a member of the District community, a student may approach you regarding being the recipient of unwelcomed sexual conduct or having knowledge regarding another student in this situation. It is important to provide support to a Complainant and to refer this person to professional resources (see above). These steps are designed to help you be the best support and inform someone of the resources available to assist with the person’s physical and emotional needs.
- Recognize it can be an enormous step for someone to talk with another person about a sexual assault and this person has placed trust in you by revealing the experience. However, it is important to inform the student you are mandated to report any information the student reports to you. The following statement is suggested to have available to inform the student: “I need to tell you that I am considered a Responsible Employee that means I must inform the Title IX Coordinator that an incident has occurred. The reason we do this report is to make sure you are able to get all the help and support you need. If you do not want details of what occurred reported or are not interested in making a complaint at this time, you have the right to maintain your privacy. I will only report what you confide in me. If you prefer to speak with someone confidentially, I would be happy to help you get in touch with the psychologist at the Student Health Center. They are not obligated to report any details to the Title IX Coordinator”.
- Given the trust the student has placed in you, please respect the student’s privacy. Do not share the student’s experience with others except for the Office of Student Conduct, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or Campus Safety.
- Listen and believe the student. Inform the student of reporting options.
- You can assure the student that no records or reports of sexual assault are kept in the student’s permanent academic records.
Remember it is not only our ethical responsibility to respond in a comprehensive and supportive way, but it is also our legal responsibility.