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Campus Safety Sexual Harassment Faculty & Staff Resources

Employee Response Protocol

What to do if a student reports to you that they have been sexually assaulted or have been the victim of sexual harassment:

All District Employees

Employees who have observed or received reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking must:

  • Notify the Title IX Coordinator (Vice President of HR, or Vice President of Student Services)
  • Notify Campus Safety
  • If asked by the student – help them contact law enforcement
  • If applicable – help preserve any evidence of the incident
  • Keep details of the incident confidential from those not required to respond
  • Depending on the circumstances, refer the student to the Dean of Students.  This person will take immediate action to ensure that no further contact with the accused occurs.


If you know it, you must report it.

All employees, with the exception of Student Health Counselors, must report the information they know including:

  • Name of the alleged perpetrator (if known)
  • The name of the student who experienced the alleged sexual violence is
  • Names of other student(s) involved in the incident
  • Other relevant facts (time, date, location)

Make sure students understand:

  • You are obligated to report relevant facts (like those listed above) to the Title IX Coordinator and other appropriate College staff.
  • The student may request confidentiality, which will be considered – not guaranteed (depending on circumstances).
  • Students may share the information and remain confidential with Student Health Counselors, and/or off campus victim’s assistance agencies.

Sexual Assault Response Team members, and other Specified Employees

In addition to the above responsibilities for all District employees, some members of the campus community have more specific responsibilities to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Those individuals will:

  • Assist in changing the academic environment to avoid further hostilities
  • Issue and enforce a Campus Restraining Order if applicable
  • Provide a clear description of College disciplinary process and possible outcomes
  • Ensure that the victim understands procedures for criminal prosecution and civil prosecution
  • Provide a copy of the College’s policy and procedures regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • Describe the College’s investigative procedures
  • Discuss the importance of preserving evidence
  • Provide for transportation to a hospital if necessary
  • Provide assistance with law enforcement if desired
  • Discuss confidentiality issues
  • Provide information about:
    • Counseling
    • Tutoring
    • Victims advocacy
    • Legal assistance
    • Visa and immigration assistance (if appropriate)
    • Financial Aid

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) protects all students from discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. The Santa Clarita Community College District and College of the Canyons is required to provide you academic adjustments such as excusing absences because of pregnancy or childbirth, and allowing students to make up work missed due to pregnancy or birth-related conditions.

If you need an academic adjustment because of pregnancy or birth-related condition, please discuss the issue as soon as possible with your instructor. You may also contact Dr. Rian Medlin, Interim Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Human Resources at (661) 362-3424, or  if you are having any issues or need support.