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Title IX Contact

David Caspi
Acting Director of Employee Diversity, Inclusion & Title IX
(619) 216-6619

Office 101B
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Southwestern College Governing Board’s and Superintendent/President’s Statement on Sexual Harassment/Assault.


Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct & Sexual Assault Reporting & Resources

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.

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. Read more about the Campus SaVE Act.

Some examples of behavior that could violate Title IX, VAWA and Campus SaVE 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 Incident Report of sexual misconduct or sexual assault with:

Acting Director of Employee Diversity, Inclusion & Title IX
David Caspi
Room 101B

Southwestern College promptly and thoroughly investigates complaints alleging sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.

Title IX Incident Report Form

Claims of other unlawful discrimination can be made to the Human Resources Office, Room 1670, or through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office complaint process State Complaint Process.

Confidential Resources

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.

If you are a Southwestern College student:

  • If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately!
  • Southwestern College Police - (619) 216-6691
  • 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 1650, or by phone at (619) 482-6329.
  • If this is not an emergency and you are seeking resources on campus, call or visit the Personal Wellness Services at (619) 421-6700 ext. 5279 or visit them at the 2nd floor of the Cesar Chavez Bldg. They can provide or schedule one-on-one information, support, and counseling or refer you to community resources available outside the college.
  • For information on the Campus SaVE Act, click here. Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act became a law in March 2013.  

Help is available:

  • San Diego Access & Crisis Line: (888) 724-7240 or (619) 641- 6992 TTY
  • It's Up to Us :
  • San Diego Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault 24 hour Hotline(Domestic Violence) 888/DVLINKS (385-4657) or 888/385-4657
  • South Bay Community Services 24-Hour Hotline (South County) 800/640-2933
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Community Center (LGBTQ) Heidorn 858/212-LIFE (5433)
  • Center for Community Solutions (Coastal) 858/272-5777

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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The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated to working collaboratively to extend the values of diversity and equity broadly through teaching, service, policy, and practice, thus advancing the college’s student equity and success initiatives. Learn more about EDI.

Southwestern College Safe Zone LogoSafe Zone

A safe zone or a safe space is a place where all people feel safe, welcome and included. It may be a room, a car, or an entire college campus. The Gay Alliance SafeZone program aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals and address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers and for themselves. Learn more about Safe Zone.

Student Training

Southwestern College offers sexual harassment training for students as a talk series presented by National Sexual Violence Prevention Expert Jeffery Bucholtz. The "We End Violence" talk series runs during Fall and Spring Semesters. Check the calendar for the next upcoming talk.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

EAP is a service designed to help employees manage life’s challenges. EAP provides assessment, assistance and, when necessary, referral to additional services. Eligible members may be entitled to face-to-face or telephonic consultations for a wide range of emotional health, family and work issues. Learn more about the EAP Program.

Who is a Campus Security Authority?

  • The District Police;
  • The Vice President of Student Affairs;
  • The Vice President of Human Resources;
  • The Dean of Student Services;
  • Faculty or staff advisors to the ASO (Associated Student Organization) & authorized clubs;
  • Coaches and/or the Athletic Director.

Federal & State Agencies

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