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Your Rights and College’s Obligations Under Title IX

You have the right:

  • To have an adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation conducted by the institution.
  • Not to report to law enforcement.
  • To present witnesses and evidence.
  • To have a representative with you during any meetings.
  • To be free from retaliation.
  • To review evidence directly related to the allegations and provide written responses prior to an investigator finalizing a report.
  • To have a live hearing before an Administrative Determination is made.
  • To review the final investigator’s report prior to the live hearing.
  • To engage in indirect questioning of parties and witnesses through an advisor.
  • To have any proceedings documented, which may include written findings of fact, transcripts, or audio recordings.
  • Not to “work it out” with the alleged perpetrator in mediation.
  • To be informed in writing of the investigation findings, rationale, and any sanctions issued that directly relate to you.
  • To appeal the District’s final determination.

Your Rights under Title IX regarding Pregnancy and Childbirth

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") protects you from discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, and birth-related conditions, including recovery from childbirth. The College has an obligation under Title IX to make accommodations such as excusing absences because of pregnancy and childbirth, and allowing students to make up assignments, exams, and classroom exercises missed due to pregnancy or birth-related conditions.

If you need such an accommodation because of your pregnancy or birth-related condition, discuss it as soon as possible with your instructor. Your instructor should contact the College's Title IX coordinator to consult on the appropriate accommodation. You can also directly contact the College's Title IX Coordinator.

For additional information, see the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights resource Pregnancy and Parenting Rights (PDF)

College’s Obligations

  • Respond promptly and effectively.

If the College or District Title IX Coordinator receives a report of sexual harassment or sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, the school must take immediate action to eliminate the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. A criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence does not relieve the school of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably

  • Have and distribute a policy against Sex Discrimination.
  • Have a Title IX Coordinator.

The coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

For additional information regarding your rights and your college’s obligations under Title IX, please visit:

Office of Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)