Reporting Options and Other ResourcesTitle IX
Reporting Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment or Stalking and Resources
Golden West College and the Coast Community College District (CCCD) strive to provide a safe environment in which students can pursue their education free from the detrimental effects of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking. Therefore, the College and the District seeks to educate students, faculty, and staff about these issues and to provide a means of recourse for those students who believe they have been the recipients of unwanted sexual behavior. The College and the District reserves the right to respond with whatever measures it deems appropriate to prevent sexual misconduct and preserve the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff.
This page is designed to assist students who are recipients of unwanted sexual behavior by providing available resources, reporting options and other information related to sexual misconduct.
The College encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement immediately after an incident of sexual violence. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response.
The College also encourages all individuals to make a report to the College. Reporting options are not mutually exclusive. Both internal and criminal reports may be pursued simultaneously.
Making a report means telling someone in authority what happened — in person, by telephone, in writing or by email. At the time a report is made, a Complainant does not have to decide whether or not to request any particular course of action, nor does a Complainant need to know how to label what happened. Choosing to make a report, and deciding how to proceed after making the report, can be a process that unfolds over time. The College provides support that can assist each individual in making these important decisions and to the extent legally possible, will respect an individual’s autonomy in deciding how to proceed. In this process, the College will balance the individual’s interest with its obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the campus community.
Victims of sexual violence on the GWC campus are urged to report the incident:
- GWC Campus Safety 714-895-8924 or go to the Public Safety Office located near parking Lot D
- Go to Student Health Center for confidential reporting and assistance located in the Nursing & Health Sciences, Building #36
Victims will be provided with immediate care and transportation to a medical facility if necessary.
Off-campus victims should immediately call 9-1-1 to report the crime to local law enforcement authorities. Reporting a rape or other act of sexual violence does not commit a victim to filing charges. Even if the victim was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of an attack, a sex crime has still occurred. California Penal Code says that sexual assault victims cannot be charged for misdemeanor alcohol or drug use at the time of the attack.
- You can make a police report to the appropriate police department in which the incident occurred.
- If this is an emergency, call 911.
- You can make a report to Campus Safety at 714-895-8924
- You can make a report to the campus Title IX Coordinator, Carla Martinez (714) 895-8781
- If the incident involves a Golden West College or District faculty or staff member, you can file a complaint with the District Office of Human Resources (714-438-4707).
Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form
Please use this form to submit allegations or reports of Sexual Misconduct. If you’re unsure about actions that may be considered sexual misconduct, please visit the GWC website for more information about sexual misconduct (Title IX).
The Title IX Coordinator will be in touch within 2 business days of submitting this report.
Filing a Civil Suit
A victim may choose to file a civil suit against the defendant whether or not criminal charges have been filed. A civil suit gives a victim an opportunity to recover actual damages. This may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
Obtaining a Protective/Restraining Order
A victim may also choose to obtain a protective/restraining order. Protective orders are civil court orders to protect victims who have experienced or are reasonably in fear of physical violence, sexual assault, or stalking by another individual. In California, one may obtain a domestic violence restraining order or a civil harassment restraining order. If a victim reports to law enforcement, they may assist them in obtaining a restraining order from a criminal court. Any restraining orders issued should be filed with campus Public Safety so that every effort can be made to assist in the enforcement of the order.
Students and staff may get assistance at the Student Health Center and off campus counseling and other support services. The College and the District maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual violence. All reports of sex crimes on our facilities will be thoroughly investigated so that appropriate action can be taken. In addition, the College will cooperate with local law enforcement as necessary.
Initial Title IX Assessment
In every report of sexual harassment or misconduct, the College and/or the District will make an immediate assessment of any risk of harm to individuals or to the campus community and will take steps necessary to address those risks. These steps may include interim protective measures to provide for the safety of the individual and the campus community.
The initial review will proceed to the point where a reasonable assessment of the safety of the individual and of the campus community can be made. Thereafter, the investigation may be initiated depending on a variety of factors, such as the Complainant’s wish to pursue disciplinary action, the risk posed to any individual or the campus community by not proceeding, and the nature of the allegation.
Interim Actions & Victim’s Assistance
Whether or not a student or employee reports to law enforcement and or pursues any formal action, if they report an incident of sexual misconduct to the College or the District, we are committed to providing them a safe learning or working environment as possible.
CCCD may make any reasonably available change to a victim’s academic and or working situation. Examples of interim actions include: shielding a student from ongoing contact with an individual; taking that individual out of a class or issuing an administrative no-contact order; assigning an individual to a different lab or other clinical setting; asking an administrative authority to speak to the individual to express serious concern about a behavior; reminding the individual of policies and definitions relating to sexual misconduct; and offering counseling targeted to addressing sexual aggression. Interim actions do not preclude formal discipline.
Bringing a formal complaint will lead to an investigation and a hearing (in most cases), and can result in punitive outcomes. Filing a complaint is often the best way to seek protection from future harm. The student bringing the complaint retains considerable control, although not total, as the process unfolds under Board Policy and Administrative Procedure 5910 (Sexual Misconduct).
Potential actions, which may be imposed following the final determination of an on-campus disciplinary procedure regarding sexual offenses, are: 1) dismissal; 2) suspension; 3) probation; and 4) referral to local law enforcement agencies for prosecution, pursuant to Board Policy and Administrative Procedure # 5500 (Student Code of Conduct).
An on-campus disciplinary proceeding, applicable to individual students, student organizations, faculty and staff, will be held in cases of alleged sexual misconduct. The complainant and the respondent are entitled to the same opportunity to have others present during such a hearing. Both the complainant and the respondent shall be informed of the outcome of this hearing.
Community resources for victims of sexual assault include:
North County Rape Crisis Center: 714-834-4317
South County Rape Crisis Center: 714-752-1971
Anaheim Regional Medical Center: 714-774-1450
Community Service Programs, Inc. (CSP): 24 hour hotline, 714-957-2737, and 949-831-9110
Where can I find information on how to reduce my risk of being a victim of sexual assault or stalking?
Stalking Resource Center (opens new window)
Ways to Reduce your Risk of Sexual Assault (opens new window)
Facts About Stalking (opens new window)
If You are Being Stalked (opens new window)
Safety Tips for Stalking Victims (opens new window)
Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedure (BP & AP 5910) (opens new window)