NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
The Imperial Valley College is committed to a safe and equitable learning environment for all students and employees. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its educational programs and employment. Any incident, including sex discrimination or harassment, but not limited to, sexual assault including rape, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking committed on district property, or at a district sponsored event or activity, should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator immediately.
TITLE IX TEAM
Dr. Martha O. Garcia, Title IX Coordinator
Vice President of Student Services
Location: Bldg. 100
Rick Macken, Title IX Investigator
Campus Safety Project Coordinator
Location: Bldg. 1604, Room C
Clint Dougherty, Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Chief of Human Resources
Location: Bldg. 2400
Victor Torres, Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
Location: Bldg. 1000
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
"The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:
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." U.S. Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights
Examples of the types of conduct that could violate Title IX include, but are not limited to:
- Pressure for sexual activity
- Dating or domestic violence
- Sexual innuendos and comments
- Sexually explicit questions
- Requests for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
- Spreading rumors about person's sexuality
- Sexual ridicule
- Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content, including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
- Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
- Stalking a person
- Attempted or actual sexual violence
LGBT SAFE CAMPUS
The office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to protect all students, including LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) students under Title IX. Imperial Valley College facilitates and fosters an inclusive, affirming, and celebratory environment for students, faculty, and staff, of all sexual and gender orientation, identities, and expressions.
FILING A TITLE IX COMPLAINT
Please contact the Title IX Deputy Coordinators to file a Title IX Compaint as follows: Staff and Faculty may contact Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Mr. Clint Dougherty, Chief of Human Resources at (760) 355-6207 (Bldg. 2400). Students may contact Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Victor Torres, Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at (760) 355-6457 (Bldg. 1000).
ACADEMIC ACOMMODATIONS FOR PREGNANT STUDENTS
Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students provides background information to secondary school administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students on school retention problems associated with pregnant and parenting students.
If a student is seeking more personal confidential support, there are designated confidential resources at Imperial Valley College. Offices designated as "confidential" will not report any information to the Title IX Coordinator. These conversations are kept stricktly confidential and, except in rare, extreme circumstances (including imminent risk of harm to self or others) nothing will be shared without your permission.
List of confidential resources located on your campus:
Location: Room 1536
For District Policies and procedures pertaining to discrimination, harrassment, sexual assault, student rights, responsibilities and code of conduct, as well as student discipline, click on the links below:
SEXUAL HARRASSMENT / ASSAULT PREVENTION AND AWARENESS
The sexual harrassment of students, including the crime of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and interferes with students' right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.
Sexual violence, as that term is used in this section, refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX.
WHAT IS CONSENT?
Law defines consent as the affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. Silence, the existence of a dating relationship or past sexual relations, is not by itself assumed to be an indicator of consent. The person must act freely and voluntarily and have knowledge of the nature of the act or transaction involved.
The following video helps explain what is consent: