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Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities at academic institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

Sexual discrimination includes sexual harassment or sexual violence that compromises the educational opportunities or well-being of an individual and therefore is prohibited under Title IX. Unwelcome physical contact, conduct, or communications of a sexual nature that includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or sexual intimidation constitutes sexual harassment when deemed so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it explicitly or implicitly impacts the employment of an individual, interferes with the educational performance of an individual, or creates a hostile work or educational environment for an individual.

Solano Community College (SCC) strives to provide an environment of academic study and employment free from harassment or discrimination for all members of its community including students, staff, faculty, administrators, guests, and vendors. Individuals within the institution have been empowered to promptly address all complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and related retaliation in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

See www.solano.edu/district_policies/4000/Policy4270.pdf

How do I report Title IX issues or concerns?

Shirley Lewis, Dean of Vallejo Center, maintains title of the SCC Title IX Coordinator. Dr. Lewis provides oversight and leadership of SCC Title IX compliance efforts while working in concert with Gregory Brown, Vice President of Student Services and with the Office of Human Resources to establish a safe and supportive academic, working, and living environment free of discrimination based on sex, sexual harassment (sexual violence), and related retaliation.

If you believe you or someone has incurred any form of sexual harassment or sex-based discrimination by any student, employee, or visitor at SCC as described under Title IX, please report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or official contacts listed below:

Chor Thao
Title IX Coordinator
(707) 864-7000 ext 4734
Main Campus, Rm 607A
Salvatore Abbate
Human Resource Manager
HR, Room 603D
(707) 864-7281

For those who prefer to submit a confidential report, a student can contact a counselor in the SCC Counseling Office at (707) 864-7101. A staff or faculty member can contact the Office of Human Resources at (707) 864-7128.

Inquiries or complaints about discrimination may also be directed to the United States Equal Opportunity Commission at (800) 669-4000 or the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights at (800) 421-3481.

Reporting Criminal Incidents

If you are victim of sexual assault or sexual violence, or know someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault or sexual violence, you should contact one of the offices above, depending on who the complaint is against (faculty/staff, visitor or student) and you should immediately contact the SCC Branch of the Solano County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 964-7224.

When a crime is reported, a separate Title IX investigation and criminal investigation will take place.

What happens when I file a Title IX Complaint?

There is an administrative process to address complaints of discrimination based on sex to protect the rights of all individuals involved. Specific objectives within the process include: 1) taking appropriate actions to “Stop” any reported activities; 2) conducting an inquiry or an investigation in an attempt to identify and verify all salient information associated with the report; 3) devising a plan to prevent future occurrences; and 4) providing support and remediation services to any individual involved in the process as needed.

Any individual who reports an incident (the reporter) receives an opportunity to fully describe and discuss details of the event with an initial interviewer. Based on the information provided during that interview, a course of action will follow that may include possible contact between the interviewer and any witnesses or individual(s) (the respondent) identified in the original complaint.

Every reporter, witness, or respondent has the right to present his or her complaint and the right to an impartial investigation of that complaint. Further, individuals have the right to present witnesses and other evidence.

A decision will be rendered on whether the complaint is or is not substantiated based on available evidence and what disciplinary action will be taken, if any. Both parties will be notified of action taken that affects the reporter. While the finding cannot be appealed, any resulting disciplinary action can be appealed.

Counseling and other resources remain available throughout the process and afterwards for the reporter, the respondent, and any witnesses of need. In addition to the right of the reporter to file a Title IX complaint, the reporter has the right to file a complaint with local law enforcement if he or she believes a crime has taken place.

Related Laws and Guidance

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; 20 U.S.C., sections 1681-1688, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, Dear Colleague Letter April 4, 2011, Dear Colleague Letter June 25, 2013, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2013, Not Alone Report, and The Clery Act.