Mission College provides a safe environment that supports learning and encourages all students to pursue their goals and successfully achieve them. This means the College does not tolerate sex discrimination—including sexual harassment and violence—and is committed to empowering all students and employees to take actions to eliminate sex discrimination on campus and to know how to get help if sex discrimination occurs. The College has a Title IX team that is prepared and ready to help!
What is Title IX (NINE)?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects students, employees, and other persons at the college from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment; discrimination based on gender identity or on not conforming to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity; sexual assault; domestic violence; stalking; or other types of sexual misconduct (S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Resource Guide (Apr. 2015). Title IX protects women and men, students and employees—it protects all of us!
Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Omar R. Murillo, Interim Vice President, Student Services,
Campus Center, Room 222
Who is the Title IX Team?
There is a team of college representatives that is responsible for educating the campus community about sexual harassment and sexual violence, responding to sexual harassment and sexual violence complaints, and ensuring that students who are victims of these violations receive the help and support they need. You can contact any member of the Title IX team to get information about resources or to file a complaint:
How Do I File a Complaint About Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence?
We take all complaints about sexual harassment and sexual violence very seriously. To learn more about the process to file a complaint, see How Do I File A Title IX Complaint? You can also contact any member of the Title IX team listed above or email TitleIX@missioncollege.edu
Anyone who files a sexual harassment or sexual violence complaint is protected from all forms of retaliation, and the College will ensure that intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination does not occur. Students, faculty, and staff who participate in a Title IX investigation or advocate for a victim are also protected from retaliation.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual assault, or you know of someone at the college who has been a victim, please report this to the Title IX team so we can take actions to help and stop future incidents of harassment and violence.
Any student found responsible for violating the West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVMCCD) policy on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Contact (where no intercourse has occurred) will likely receive a sanction ranging from probation to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.
Any student found responsible for violating the WVMCCD policy on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Intercourse will likely face a recommended sanction of suspension or expulsion.
Any student found responsible for violating the WVMCCD policy will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.
The Title IX Coordinator reserves the right to broaden or lessen any range of recommended sanctions in the case of serious mitigating circumstances or egregiously offensive behavior. Neither the initial hearing officers nor any appeals body or officer will deviate from the range of recommended sanctions unless compelling justification exists to do so.
Want To Talk to Someone Confidentially?
If you want to speak with someone at the College about an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence but you don't want to report the incident at this time, you can speak confidentially with our staff in the Student Health Centers or the Student Psychological Services. These employees can keep what you share secret and can still help you find resources.
Student Health Services: Student Engagement Center 106 • (408) 855-5140
Counseling Services: Student Engagement Center 139 • (408) 855-5030
How Can I Help Stop Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence?
It is the responsibility of all students and employees to keep our college community safe. Together, we can learn more about how to stop sexual harassment and sexual violence and take actions that will keep all of us safe and successful during our time at Mission College. To learn more about Title IX, click here. To find resources on stopping sexual harassment and sexual violence and to see what you can do to help, click here.