Title IX: Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response

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Your safety is our primary concern. The Sonoma County Junior College District is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who participate in District programs, services and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of violence, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. The District will respond promptly and effectively to reports of such behavior, and will take appropriate action to prevent, correct, address the effects, and when necessary, discipline behavior that violates District Policies on sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. 

DEFINITIONS:

Sexual assault:  Sexual Assault should be defined as: Sexual activity without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person’s intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication). Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, fondling, rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, incest, statutory rape, or threat of sexual assault.

Dating Violence: Abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

Domestic Violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant of the victim, or someone with whom the accused has a child, has an existing dating or engagement relationship, or has had a former dating or engagement relationship, or abuse perpetrated against any persons described in Family Code section 6211.

Stalking: A course of conduct in which a person repeatedly engages in actions directed at a specific person that places that person in reasonable fear of his or her safety or the safety of others or causes substantial emotional distress. A course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties by any method, device, or means follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a victim, or interferes with the property of the victim

Consent: is informed, freely and actively given, involves an understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. 

It is the responsibility of the initiator to obtain clear and affirmative responses at each stage of sexual involvement. 

The lack of a negative response is not consent. 

Consent may not be given by a minor or by any individual who is incapacitated, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, by drugs and/or alcohol. 

Past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent.

LEVELS OF CONFIDENTIALITY:

Full Confidentiality: If you are speaking with a professional who is fully confidential, then the information you disclose regarding sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking will not be shared with anyone without your written consent.

Examples of Fully-Confidential Resources include: SRJC Student Psychological Services, Verity (Sonoma County Sexual Assault Crisis Center), therapists and in the absence of treating physical injuries, nurse practioners at Student Health Services. 

Limited Confidentiality: With the exception of Student Psychological Services, and in some cases, Student Health Services, all college employees have a duty to report information that comes to their attention of a possible sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking. The information is reported to the Title IX Officer located in Human Resources. The College will conduct an investigation to ensure campus safety (per legal mandate).

CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES:

Student Health Services

SANTA ROSA CAMPUS

Race Building, Room 4017

Clinical Services

Mon, Tues & Thurs: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wed: 8:00 am-7:00 pm; Fri: 8:00 am-3:00 pm

707-527-4445

Plover Hall, Room 559

Mental Health Counseling Services

Mon, Tues & Thurs 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wed: 8:00 am-7:00 pm; Fri: 8:00 am-3:00 pm

707-524-1595

PETALUMA CAMPUS

Call Building, Room 610

Clinical and Mental Health Services

Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 am-5:00 pm

707-778-3919

Community Confidential Resources:

Verity Crisis Center 

24 hour rape crisis line 

(707) 545-7273

YMCA Domestic Violence Hot Line

24 hour hot line (707) 546-1234

Your Reporting Options:

SRJC District Police

(707)527-1000

To report on campus/near campus, sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or threats of any of these acts or allegations of misconduct.Contact your local law enforcement (police, sheriff) to report off campus sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or threats of any of these acts or allegations of misconduct.

Both Local Law Enforcement and SRJC District Police will:

  • Help you to obtain medical assistance
  • Obtain Emergency Protective Orders if appropriate
  • Conduct a criminal investigation
  • In the event of an arrest, obtain court order to protect you
  • Connect you with support services
SRJC TITLE IX OFFICE 

To report sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, stalking, or threat of any of these acts of allegations of misconduct committed by a student, staff, faculty, or other member of the college community, with or without filing a police report and whether on or off campus. 

Title IX Coordinator:

Karen Furukawa (707)527-4954   

kfurukawa-schlereth@santarosa.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinators:

Kim Starke (707) 527-4276    

kstarke@santarosa.edu (Santa Rosa)

Matthew Long (707)778-3930   

mlong@santarosa.edu (Petaluma)

https://titleix.santarosa.edu/

The Title IX office will:

  • Inform you of your rights as the affected party or the accused
  • Inform you of your protection from retaliation 
  • Assist with referrals to confidential resources
  • Investigate allegations involving students and/or staff
  • Inform you of the outcome of the investigation
  • Forward findings for student or employee conduct review/discipline
  • Provide you with reasonably available options for changing academic schedules, campus escort, and referral to academic supports, as well as honoring lawful protective or temporary restraining orders.

Enforcement Information

Allegations of gender discrimination or sexual misconduct may be filed with the District’s Title IX Coordinator.  The Office of the Title IX Coordinator is located at 1988 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 and can be contacted by telephone at (707) 527-4954.  The mailing address is 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

Student allegations of gender discrimination may also be filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) United Nations Plaza San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 486-5555, (ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov) or with the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges at www.cccco.edu or Chancellor’s Office, California Community Colleges, 1102 Q Street, Suite 4554, Sacramento, CA  95811-6549, Attention: Legal Affairs Division. 

Full versions of Policy and Procedure 2.15/P, Prevention of and Response to Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking can be viewed at: https://www.boarddocs.com/ca/santarosa/Board.nsf/Public?open&id=policies