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Sexual Assault or Harassment and Title IX

Nondiscrimination Statement

Siskiyou Joint CCD, College of the Siskiyous is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. In accordance with applicable Federal and State Law, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religious preference, age, disability (physical and mental), pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, sexual orientation, genetics, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. College of the Siskiyous also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Title IX

Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 is a federal statute that protects both employees and students from discrimination based on sex and prohibits sexual harassment, defined below.

All allegations of violations of Title IX regulations are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. The following information explains Title IX as it relates to sexual assault and harassment; also known as sexual misconduct.

Title IX Coordinator

Reports of violations of Title IX, state sexual harassment/assault/misconduct should be made to the Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator – Students
Patrick Walton, Vice President of Student Services
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
Email: pwalton@siskiyous.edu
Phone: (530) 938-5286

Title IX Contact – Employees
Kelly Groppi
Email: groppi@siskiyous.edu

Definition of Sexual Harassment under Title IX

"Sexual Harassment," as defined by the Final Rules on Title IX adopted in 2020, includes the following acts/behaviors:

  • Quid pro quo harassment
  • Hostile environment harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Dating Violence
  • Domestic Violence and Stalking

Jurisdiction of Title IX

To receive the protections of Title IX, an incident of sexual harassment must have occurred within a college's educational program or activity. An educational program or activity includes academic, extra-curricular, athletic activities, college-sponsored trips and other sponsored events. College of the Siskiyous (College) Board Policies address Title IX in the following policies:

  • BP 3433 – Prohibition against Sexual Harassment under Title IX
  • AP 3433 – Prohibition against Sexual Harassment under Title IX
  • AP 3434 – Responding to Harassment based upon sex under Title IX

Prohibition against Sexual Harassment under California State Law

Sexual discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct and assault, are also prohibited under California State Law. The College policies that address the state law protections can be found in the following policies:

  • BP 3430 Prohibition against Discrimination and Harassment
  • AP 3430 Prohibition against Discrimination and Harassment
  • BP 3435 Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and Investigations
  • BP 3540 Sexual Assault and Other Assaults on Campus
  • AP 3540 Sexual Assault and Other Assaults on Campus

Reporting Options

The College encourages individuals affected by sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct to report incidents in order to help us ensure a safe environment at the College. Individuals may choose to pursue the following options to report the alleged incident(s):

  • Notify law enforcement authorities. College staff can assist if the individual chooses.
  • Notify the College Deputy Title IX Coordinator located in the Human Resources (employees).
  • Notify the College Title IX Coordinator located in Student Services (students).

Regardless of whether the impacted individual decides to file a formal complaint, the individual may receive supportive measures in to continue with their education programs and activities at the College.

In order to file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, individuals may use the following reporting form:

Title IX/Nondiscrimination Complaint Form

Reporting Form

The following policies provide additional guidance:

  • AP 3434 Responding to Harassment based upon sex under Title IX
  • AP 3435 Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and Investigations

Protection Against Retaliation

Title IX protects any individual who reports sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence from retaliation. This means that individuals who report misconduct are protected from any adverse consequence, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination as a result of reporting.

Mental Health Support

Individuals who have experienced sexual assault or other threatening events can feel overwhelmed. We encourage individuals to seek assistance from the following resources:

Amnesty for Students

Being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can make students concerned about bringing their complaints of sexual harassment, assault and/or misconduct for fear of facing punishment for other minor violations of student policies related to alcohol and use of substances. Please remember that the safety and well-being of our students and campus community members are of our utmost priority and reporting sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct is strongly encouraged. The College will not pursue minor violations of policies related to alcohol or use of substances violations.

Affirmative Consent

In the state of California, consent to sexual acts is defined as "affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." Additionally, "lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent." In summary, silence or lack of resistance and/or being under the influence of a substance does not demonstrate mutual consent. The College recognizes that individuals may be reluctant to report sexual misconduct due to the use of illegal substances. Please remember that the safety and well-being of our students and campus community members are of our utmost priority and reporting sexual misconduct is strongly encouraged. In the case of use of alcohol and/or drugs on campus, the College will not pursue minor violations of policies related to alcohol or use of substances violations.

Additional Title IX Information

For additional information regarding Title IX regulations: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html

To file a report of sex discrimination or sexual harassment with Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, contact the following:

Email: OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1328
Phone: (415) 486-5555

Campus Contact Information:

Title IX Coordinator – Students
Patrick Walton, Vice President of Student Services
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
Phone: (530) 938-5286

Title IX Contact – Employees
Kelly Groppi
Email: groppi@siskiyous.edu

Training Materials

Title IX Consultants -Coordinator Training

SWACC Grand Rivers Solutions – Coordinator Training - Day 1

SWACC Grand Rivers Solutions – Coordinator Training - Day 2