TITLE IX AND THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is federal legislation that addresses prevention of violence against women, including requirements to offer services for victims of violence and to hold offenders accountable.
Some examples of behavior that could violate Title IX and VAWA include:
- Sexual comments, sexual jokes, or sexually explicit questions
- Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality or gender identity
- Sending or displaying sexually suggestive content over email, text, or social media
- Requests for sexual favors or pressuring someone for sexual activity
- Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, or other physical contact
- Stalking, both in person and online
- Dating or domestic violence
- Attempted or actual sexual violence
Filing a Title IX Complaint
Students can file a Title IX complaint of sexual misconduct or sexual assault with the SWC Title IX Administrator in the Office of Human Resources, Room 1670, or by phone at 619-482-6395.
Southwestern College promptly and thoroughly investigates complaints alleging sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
Claims of other unlawful discrimination can be made to the Human Resources Office, Room 1670, or though the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office complaint process State Complaint Process.
If a student is seeking strictly confidential support, Personal Wellness Services on the Chula Vista campus is designated as a confidential resource. Offices designated as “confidential” will not report any information to the Title IX Administrator. These conversations are kept strictly confidential and, except in rare circumstances (including imminent harm to self or others), nothing will be shared without your permission.
See the Personal Wellness Services webpage for information on how to make an appointment and for other confidential resources Personal Wellness Services.
What is Consent?
Law defines consent as the affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout the sexual activity and can be withdrawn at any time.
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