Just Report It

Student Services

Report a Community Concern

Connecting Students with Resources

These reports are designed to provide members of the West Valley - Mission community with an online method to report community concerns and get connected to resources.


 

Care Report

Report a concern about a student’s well-being. This form can be used to connect students to resources like health and wellness, services, financial services, academic resources, DSPS, and EOPS.

Submit a Care Report


Incident Report

Report a safety or behavioral concern including unlawful harassment/discrimination/retaliation, disruptive behavior, academic dishonesty, student grievances, or COVID-19 concerns.

Submit an Incident Report


Title IX Report

Report sex-based harassment or discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Check out our Title IX page for more information.

Submit a Title IX Report

Other Information of Interest

District Policies



 Title IX

​WVMCCD is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all members of the campus community (students, staff, faculty, and campus guests) can work and learn in an atmosphere free from violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, intimidation, and retaliation.

Every member of the community should be aware that the District prohibits all forms of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation.

Title IX is a neutral office committed to safety, fairness, trauma-informed practices, and due process.

Contact the Title IX Office to report an incident or learn more about available campus and community resources.

You can also file a report online on the Just Report It page.

TITLE IX FACT SHEET

 

Title IX requires 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..."   As such, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance.  West Valley-Mission Community College District ("WVMCCD" or "the District") is governed by Title IX.

 

WHO IS COVERED BY TITLE IX?

 

All educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are affirmatively required to adhere to Title IX regulations.  Even if only one of the institution's programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations.

FACTS ABOUT TITLE IX

 

Athletic departments are not the only component of college life governed by Title IX.  The regulations prohibit sex discrimination in regard to all programs, including:

 

  • Course offerings, classroom access, grading, and other academics
  • Student counseling and academic support
  • Hiring and retention of employees (staff, faculty, and administration)
  • Job related benefits and leave
  • Pregnancy

 

In addition to sex discrimination, Title IX also prohibits sexual misconduct (which includes sexual harassment, gender harassment, and sexual violence).  Additional information regarding what behaviors may constitute sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct is available in WVMCCD's Title IX Policy located on its website and in its student, faculty, and employee handbooks. Title IX serves to protect the rights of men and women.  Title IX requires that males and females receive fair and equal treatment in all educational and employment areas.

 

Title IX also protects individuals who report sex discrimination and sexual misconduct from retaliation by individuals or by institutions.  The reporting of incidents of discrimination is integral to the effective enforcement of Title IX law.  Therefore, the protection of complainants, as well as the accused, is important.  Retaliation against any individual who reports or makes a complaint about a Title IX violation will not be tolerated at WVMCCD.  The District will impose appropriate corrective action against any individual found to have engaged in acts or threats of retaliation.

COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE IX – WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

 

Certain employees of the Colleges and District are required to report instances of alleged violations of Title IX.  Without exception, if an employee is not sure if a situation warrants reporting, he/she must seek guidance from the Title IX Coordinator.  It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistance operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.  To ensure compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone's responsibility.  The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX, in the extreme circumstances, can include the termination of all or part of an institution's federal funding including grants and student loans.  It can also result in the termination of a College or District employee or the dismissal of a student.

REPORTING COMPLAINTS UNDER TITLE IX

 

Any member of the WVMCCD community, who believes he/she has been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, or who has witnessed such conduct, should report such misconduct or file an informal or formal complaint with the College's Title IX Coordinator.

 

Students who believe they have been or, are victims of sex discrimination or sexual harassment, including sexual assault or sexual violence on or off campus, whether by College employees, contracted services employees, other students or non-community members, are encouraged to request immediate personal support and assistance from any member of the Office of Student Services or the Title IX Coordinator.  Student complaints against other students concerning sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct may be made on an informal or formal basis with the College's Title IX Coordinator or WVMCCD's Police Department.  All complaints filed with or received by the Police Authority will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator, who will direct that an appropriate investigation be conducted. 

 

Employees who believe they are being harassed or discriminated against on account of their gender should promptly make a report to the Title IX Coordinator, to his/her supervisor, to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Director, Compliance, Training & Employee Relations; a campus President.  All reports made to the employee's supervisor, campus President or the WVMCCD Police Authority must, in turn, be immediately forwarded to the District Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and the Director, Compliance, Training & Employee Relations.

IMPORTANT FACTS

 

  1. WVMCCD will utilize its best efforts to protect all College community members from sex discrimination, gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence.  
  2. WVMCCD will take affirmative and corrective action whenever it becomes aware of possible sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct within the College community, whether or not a complaint has been made.  
  3. In order to meet its Title IX obligations and to the extent possible, every effort will be made to keep the details of complaints confidential if requested to do so by a victim of sexual misconduct and to follow the District's procedures for conducting an investigation and recommendations.  However, the District's ability to strictly observe confidentiality may be compromised where the safety of members of the community is judged to be at risk.  
  4. The safety and security of all members of the College community is a priority matter.  
  5. The internal investigation of a complaint will be conducted, and a decision rendered, no matter the timeline or outcome of case adjudication by external authorities. Expanded information concerning sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and WVMCCD's Title IX Policy and Procedures Governing the Reports and Investigation of Title IX Complaints, can be found in WVMCCD's student, faculty and employee handbooks, as well as on the College's website.

WHAT FEDERAL AGENCY ENFORCES TITLE IX?

 

The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX.  Information regarding OCR can be found at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

Report an Incident

           

West Valley-Mission Community College District encourages everyone to report all forms of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct to the College, District and/or the police. Making a report means telling someone in a position of authority what happened – this can be in person, over the phone, or in an email. Contact the Title IX Coordinator or submit an online complaint form Title IX Incident Report.

Please note the Title IX Coordinators deal specifically with gender-based discrimination and harassment. You can report all other forms of unlawful discrimination or harassment by submitting a completed complaint form to the Director of Compliance, Training & Employee Relations.

Who Can File a Report?

Anyone (students, faculty, or staff) can report gender-based discrimination or sexual misconduct to the college. It does not matter if you were personally involved in an incident or if you witnessed something happening to someone else. Cabrillo College follows a See Something, Say Something, Do Something model. This means we expect community members to look out for each other and report misconduct that affects all members of our campus community.

When Should I File a Report?

You should report incidents of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct as soon as possible. While it is never too late to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, or dating or domestic violence, it is much easier to conduct a thorough investigation if a report is made in a timely manner. Reporting instances of sexual misconduct as soon as possible allows the college help you (and other affected parties) connect with valuable support services.

Where Should I File My Report?

You have the choice to report sexual misconduct to Mission College, West Valley College, District Human Resources, or District Police or local Police. You can file a report with the District and still decline to file a report with local law enforcement agencies. If you are unsure of where to file your report, contact the College's Title IX Coordinator to discuss your reporting options, and help you file a report with the WVMCCD District Police if you so desire. Report all instances of of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator.


Filing a Report with the College

To file a formal complaint complete the Title IX Incident Report form and e-mail a completed copy to the College's Title IX Coordinator.

The Title IX Coordinator at Mission College is:

Omar Murillo Ed. D.,  Vice President of Student Services

Mission College Student Services

3000 Mission College Blvd

Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: (408) 855-5195

Email: omar.murillo@missioncollege.edu

 

The Title IX Coordinator at West Valley College is:

Debra Griffith Ed.D., Vice President, Student Services, Diverstiy and Inclusion

West Valley College Student Services

14000 Fruitvale Avenue

Human Resources Department

Saratoga, CA 95070

Phone: (408) 741-2438

Email: debragriffith@westvalley.edu

 

The District Title IX Compliance Officer at WVMCCD is:   

Samantha Folb, District-Director, Compliance, Training & Employee Relations

Human Resources Department

14000 Fruitvale Avenue

Saratoga, CA 95070

Phone: (408) 741-2194 Fax: (408) 867-9059

Email: samantha.folb@wvm.edu


Title IX Employee Training

34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10) requires all employee Title IX training materials to be posted publicly. Many of the materials posted to this site are proprietary and are copyrighted. Your right is a right of inspection and review of the materials on this site, only. No other right is granted beyond viewing. You are not authorized to copy, use, adapt, save, repost, share publicly, or alter any contents from this site. You are not permitted to use the materials on this site for training, or for any commercial purpose.

Training Material Links

OCR Webinars


 Campus SaVe Act

What is the Campus SaVE Act?

The Campus SaVE Act refers to the recent Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act. The Campus SaVE Act is an update to the Clery Act, expanding the scope of this legislation in terms of reporting, response, and prevention education requirements around rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  

The Campus SaVE Act has four central components:
  1. Identify the institution’s Campus Security Authority personnel
  2. Create a Campus Sexual Assault Victim Bill of Rights;
  3. Expand sexual crime reporting on campus;
  4. Ensure the college has standard operating procedures for handling incidents of sexual violence.

Campus Security Authority (CSA) Personnel 

Who is a Campus Security Authority at WVMCCD?
  • The District Police;
  • The Vice President of Student Services;
  • The Vice Chancellor of Human Resources located at the WVMCCD Human Resources Office;
  • The Director of Student Development;
  • Faculty or staff advisors to the ASG (Associated Student Government) & authorized clubs;
  • Your Coaches and/or the Athletic Director.
Examples of who is not a Campus Security Authority

We want to make sure your privacy and rights are protected so it is important to know who cannot serve as a Campus Security Authority:
  • A faculty member who does not have responsibility for a student or campus activity beyond the classroom;
  • Support staff;
  • Cafeteria staff;
  • Custodial or maintenance staff. 
  • Note: When in doubt, ask a counselor to direct you to the right person.

Campus Sexual Assault Victim Bill of Rights

Victims of sexual assault will have the right to the following:
  • Reasonable changes to academic situations;
  • Referrals to counseling, assistance in notifying law enforcement;
  • Same opportunity as accused to have others present at disciplinary hearing;
  • Unconditional notification of outcomes of hearing, sanctions and terms of sanctions in place;
  • Opportunities and assistance to speak (or choose not to speak) to anyone regarding the outcome;
  • Name and identifying information kept confidential (FERPA).

Campus SaVE: Violence Against Women Act (Sect. 304): Crime Statistics

The SaVE Act adds the following offenses to the list of criminal offense for which statistics must be reported:
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
A student or employee who reports to an institution of higher education that they have been a victim of these crimes, whether it has occurred on or off-campus, shall be provided with a written explanation of his or her rights and options.

Definitions of Important Terms 

Consent
  • Consent is an act of reason and deliberation;
  • A person who has sufficient mental capacity to make an intelligent decision demonstrates consent by performing an act recommended by another;
  • Consent assumes that a person has the physical power to act and can reflect, and be unencumbered in exerting these powers;
  • To be consensual, there must be ". . . positive cooperation" and "the person must act freely and voluntarily . . ." (See California Penal Code, 261.6 for complete definition).

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault means conduct in violation of one or more of the following California penal code sections:
  • Section 261—rape;
  • Section 261.5—statutory rape; 264.1—rape in concert;
  • Section 285—incest;
  • Section 286—sodomy;
  • Subdivision c of section 288—lewd or lascivious acts upon a child; 288a—oral copulation; 289—sexual penetration; or 647.6—child molestation.

Domestic Violence/Family Violence

Domestic violence means abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or person with whom the suspect has had a child or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship. For purposes of this subdivision, "cohabitant" means two unrelated adult persons living together for a substantial period of time, resulting in some permanency of relationship. Factors that may determine whether persons are cohabiting include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual relations between the parties while sharing the same living quarters;
  • Sharing of income or expenses;
  • Joint use or ownership of property;
  • Whether the parties hold themselves out as husband and Wife;
  • The continuity of the relationship, and (6) the length of the relationship. (For complete information see California Penal Code Section 13700)

Dating Violence / Intimate Partner Violence 

Stalking

  • Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, of his or her immediate family.
  • The Elements of Stalking:

    • A person willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly followed or harassed another person;
    • That person following or harassing made a credible threat;
    • The person who made the threat did so with the specific intent to place the other person in reasonable fear for his or her safety or the safety of the immediate family of such person(s).
    • For more info see California Penal Code 646.9

What happens when you report a crime to our police on campus?

  • Campus police will write a report and inform the proper on-and off-campus authorities, including Human Resources especially in cases of sexual assault;
  • The police will investigate and cooperate with the local police, District attorney, and other appropriate agencies.
  • If you are a current student at WVMCCD, the police will report it to the Vice President of Student Services (VPSS). If another student is involved, the VPSS will follow appropriate disciplinary procedures; if it involves a staff member or faculty, Human Resources will handle the case.
  • VPSS or Director of Student Development will need to meet with you and obtain your statement. VPSS will work with the District Police to investigate the reported crime.
  • VPSS or Director of Student Development will provide you information about appropriate support services and resources.
  • You will be encouraged to reach out to the College’s Health Services professional staff.
  • The HS staff will follow up and ask to meet with you.

Disciplinary procedures

  • You have the right to know that your case will be handled appropriately. This means other off –and on-campus authorities may be involved;
  • The District/college is required to ensure that disciplinary procedures for such cases must clearly state that the proceedings will:
    • "Be conducted by officials who receive annual training on the issues related to":
    • The four types of cases: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
    • How to conduct an investigation "that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability";
    • How to conduct a hearing process "that protects the safety of victims and promotes accountability."

Campus SaVE: Prevention Program Components

Primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees, which shall include the applicable jurisdiction’s "definition of consent in reference to sexual activity."
  • Safe and positive options for "bystander intervention" targeted to "prevent harm or intervene" in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking;
  • Information on "risk reduction" to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior.

Prevention & Awareness

  • As an institution of Higher Education, WVMCCD must engage in "ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students and faculty" pertaining to:
    • Education programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
    • Provide resources and referrals to on and off-campus services.

How to Report to Authorities

  • If you have experienced any of these crimes or have witnessed any of these crimes on campus, you may remain anonymous when reporting;
  • Call 911 or call the West Valley-Mission Community College District police at 408 741-2092;
  • When asked for your name, if you want to remain anonymous, identify the call as a SaVe Act call.

Risk Reduction for Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence

While victim-blaming is never appropriate and WVMCCD fully recognizes that only those who commit sexual misconduct are responsible for their actions, the District provides the following suggestions to help individuals reduce their risk of being victimized and their risk of committing acts of sexual misconduct.

Reducing the Risk of Being Accused of Sexual Misconduct

  • Show your potential partner respect if you are in a position of initiating sexual behavior.
  • If a potential partner says "no," accept it and don't push. If you want a "yes," ask for it, and don't proceed without clear permission.
  • Clearly communicate your intentions to your potential sexual partners, and give them a chance to share their intentions and/or boundaries with you.
  • Respect personal boundaries. If you are unsure what's OK in any interaction, ask.
  • Avoid ambiguity. Don't make assumptions about consent, about whether someone is attracted to you, how far you can go with that person, or if the individual is physically and mentally able to consent. If you have questions or are unclear, you don't have consent.
  • Don't take advantage of the fact that someone may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, even if that person chose to become that way. Others' loss of control does not put you in control.
  • Be on the lookout for mixed messages. That should be a clear indication to stop and talk about what your potential partner wants or doesn't want to happen. That person may be undecided about how far to go with you, or you may have misread a previous signal.
  • Respect the timeline for sexual behaviors with which others are comfortable, and understand that they are entitled to change their minds.
  • Recognize that even if you don't think you are intimidating in any way, your potential partner may be intimidated by or fearful of you, perhaps because of your sex, physical size, or a position of power or authority you may hold.
  • Do not assume that someone's silence or passivity is an indication of consent. Pay attention to verbal and non-verbal signals to avoid misreading intentions.
  • Understand that consent to one type of sexual behavior does not automatically grant consent to other types of sexual behaviors. If you are unsure, stop and ask.
  • Understand that exerting power and control over another through sex is unacceptable conduct.

Reducing the Risk of Victimization

  • Make any limits/boundaries you may have known as early as possible.
  • Clearly and firmly articulate consent or lack of consent.
  • Remove yourself, if possible, from an aggressor's physical presence.
  • Reach out for help, either from someone who is physically nearby or by calling someone. People around you may be waiting for a signal that you need help.
  • Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol and/or drug consumption. Alcohol and drugs can increase your vulnerability to sexual victimization.
  • Look out for your friends, and ask them to look out for you. Respect them, and ask them to respect you, but be willing to challenge each other about high-risk choices.

Common Myths and Facts about the Causes of Sexual Violence

Myth: Victims provoke sexual assaults when they dress provocatively or act in a promiscuous manner.

Fact: Rape and sexual assault are crimes of violence and control that stem from a person's determination to exercise power over another. Neither provocative dress nor promiscuous behaviors are invitations for unwanted sexual activity. Forcing someone to engage in non- consensual sexual activity is sexual assault, regardless of the way that person dresses or acts.

Myth: If a person goes to someone's room or house or goes to a bar, they assume the risk of sexual assault. If something happens later, they can't claim that they were raped or sexually assaulted because they should have known not to go to those places.

Fact: This "assumption of risk" wrongfully places the responsibility of the offender's action with the victim. Even if a person went voluntarily to someone's home or room and consented to engage in some sexual activity, it does not serve as blanket consent for all sexual activity. When in doubt if the person is comfortable with an elevated level of sexual activity, stop and ask. When someone says "no" or "stop," that means "STOP!" Sexual activity forced upon another without valid consent is sexual assault.

Myth: It is not sexual assault if it happens after drinking or taking drugs.

Fact: Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not an invitation for sexual activity. A person under the influence does not cause others to assault them; others choose to take advantage of the situation and sexually assault them because they are in a vulnerable position. A person who is incapacitated due to the influence of alcohol or drugs is not able to consent to sexual activity.

Myth: Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers. It's not rape if the people involved know each other.

Fact: Most sexual assaults and rape are committed by someone the victim knows. Most often, acts of sexual violence are committed by a partner, ex-partner, classmate, friend, acquaintance or co-worker.
Myth: Rape can be avoided if people avoid dark alleys or other "dangerous" places where strangers might be hiding or lurking.

Fact: Rape and sexual assault can occur at any time, in many places, to anyone.

Myth: A person who has really been sexually assaulted will be hysterical.

Fact: Victims of sexual violence exhibit a spectrum of responses to the assault which can include: calm, hysteria, withdrawal, anxiety, anger, apathy, denial and shock. Being sexually assaulted is a very traumatic experience. Reaction to the assault and the length of time needed to process through the experience vary with each person. There is no "right way" to react to being sexually assaulted. Assumptions about the way a victim "should act" may be detrimental to the victim because each victim copes in different ways.

Myth: All sexual assault victims will report the crime immediately to the police. If they do not report it or delay in reporting it, then they must have changed their minds after it happened, wanted revenge or didn't want to look like they were sexually active.

Fact: There are many reasons why a sexual assault victim may not report the assault to the police or campus officials. It is not easy to talk about being sexually assaulted and can feel very shameful. The experience of retelling what happened may cause the person to relive the trauma. Another reason for delaying a report or not making a report is the fear of retaliation by the offender. There is also the fear of being blamed, not being believed and being required to go through judicial proceedings. Just because a person does not report the sexual assault does not mean it did not happen.

Myth: Only young, pretty women are assaulted.

Fact: The belief that only young, pretty women are sexually assaulted stems from the myth that sexual assault is based on sex and physical attraction. Sexual assault is a crime of power and control. Offenders often choose people whom they perceive as most vulnerable to attack or over whom they believe they can assert power. Men and boys are also sexually assaulted, as well as persons with disabilities. Assumptions about the "typical" victim might lead others not to report the assault because they do not fit the stereotypical victim.

Myth: It's only rape if the victim puts up a fight and resists.

Fact: Many states do not require the victim to resist in order to charge the offender with rape or sexual assault. Those who do not resist may feel if they do so, they will anger their attacker, resulting in more severe injury. Not fighting or resisting an attack does not equal consent.

Myth: Someone can only be sexually assaulted if a weapon was involved.

Fact: In many cases of sexual assault, a weapon is not involved. The offender often uses physical strength, physical violence, intimidation, verbal manipulation, threats or a combination of these tactics to overpower the victim. Although the presence of a weapon while committing the assault may result in a higher penalty or criminal charge, the absence of a weapon does not mean that the offender cannot be held criminally responsible for a sexual assault.



 Mandated Reporter

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: Mandated Reporters


Community members have an important role in protecting children (anyone under the age of 18) from
abuse and neglect. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has determined that all faculty
and most classified employees are mandated reporters of child abuse. If you reasonably suspect a child
is suffering abuse, you are required to report the abuse to law enforcement and/or Child Protective
Services.

What is a Mandated Reporter?

What Must Be Reported?

Mandated Reporting Contact Information


24-Hour Child Protective Services (CPS) are mandated by Federal and State Law to investigate and
respond to all allegations of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Steps in Making a Report

***Call 911 if there is a life-threating emergency to a child***
  • Call the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) Child Abuse and Neglect Center to report child abuse or neglect. Reports of abuse and neglect can be reported to these hotlines:
    • 1-833-722-5437 or 1-408-299-2071
  • In addition to calling the hotline, Mandated Reporters must complete the Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR-SS8572) provided below:
  • Mail the written report (SS8572) within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident to the:
    • Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services
    • Child Abuse and Neglect Center
    • 373 West Julian Street-Second Floor
    • San Jose CA 95110
  • West Valley-Mission Community College District Police
    • Mission College-Dispatch (Non-emergency): 1-408-855-5435
    • West Valley College-Dispatch (Non-emergency): 1-408-741-2092
    • Emergency: 9-1-1

District Considerations


Internal Reporting: State law does not require a mandated reported to notify College administration of a
report. The district encourages employees who file a report to notify College administration for
purposes of awareness and expediting CPS investigations.

FORMS AND REFERENCES