• Student Engagement and Retention



    Title IX

    B7.19 Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Policy for Students [Chapter7-Policy#B7.12 

    B7.19 Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Policy for Students:  Revised April 14, 2015 Del Mar College, in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and act in compliance with federal and state law, provides a complaint procedure for the prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of complaints of unlawful retaliation, or discrimination and/or harassment of students based on their race, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity/transgender status, sexual orientation), age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran or military status.

    This complaint procedure and the District’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Violence constitute the grievance procedures for complaints alleging unlawful sex discrimination required under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. As used herein, “complaint” is synonymous with “grievance.” This procedure may be used by any student of the College.

    Students who wish to submit complaints of discrimination or harassment should contact the Dean of Student Engagement and Retention at 698-1277or in the Harvin Student Center 204.

    B9.1 Policy Prohibiting Sexual Violence [Chapter 9- Policy B9.1] 

    B9.1 Policy Prohibiting Sexual Violence: Adopted December 9, 2014 

     B9.1.1Purpose and Authority: Del Mar College establishes this policy and related procedures in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and employment, and consistent with its legal responsibility and authority to take measures to address and prevent sexual violence, as required by Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1964, as amended, and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), as amended.

    This policy is intended to inform students and employees of their rights if they are subjected to sexual violence, including the complaint procedures and support services that a survivor of sexual violence can access. This policy is also intended to inform students and employees of their responsibilities if they are aware that sexual violence has occurred to a Del Mar College student or employee.

     B9.1.2 Statement of Policy: Del Mar College (the “College”) will not tolerate and strictly prohibits sexual violence, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The College will act to protect its students and employees from incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking committed by employees, students, or outside third parties.

    A9.1.3 Scope: This policy applies to and may be used by all students and employees, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, to report incidents of sexual violence, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking occurring on or off campus.

      

    What to Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Violence   (Add a link to this information PDF) 

    9.1.5 What To Do If You Are A Victim of Sexual Violence: Revised October 14, 2015 Students and employees are advised of the following courses of action in the event of an incident of sexual violence.

    a) Your immediate personal safety is of the utmost importance. As soon as possible, following an incident of sexual violence, get to a place of safety.

    b) Contact the police at 911 as soon as possible after the assault has occurred. It is the decision of the person experiencing sexual violence in determining whether or not to file charges. It is important to note that where a charge is filed with the police, the State covers the cost of medical care provided at the emergency room. If a charge is not filed, the person experiencing sexual violence will be responsible for medical costs incurred. However, when a report is filed, you are NOT obligated to continue with the police criminal justice system or the campus disciplinary action process.

    c) Contact someone you trust to be with you and help you deal with any trauma you are experiencing. If you wish, you may contact the College’s Counseling Center to assist you (361-698-1586). After business hours, contact Campus Security at 361-698-1199. Your situation will be handled with confidentially.

    d) It will be important to collect and preserve all evidence, where possible, within 24 hours of the attack of sexual violence. For example, do not change clothes or wash or dispose of clothes you were wearing at the time of the sexual violence incident. Do not wash, shower or douche. If a change of clothing is unavoidable, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the sexual violence incidence in a paper (not a plastic) bag. Until police have investigated the area where the incident occurred and dusted for fingerprints, avoid touching any smooth surfaces that the assailant may have touched.

    e) Document any injury you suffered either by photographing or by showing your injuries to someone you trust.

    f) Seek and obtain medical attention as soon as possible to treat any physical injury and obtain preventative treatment for possible sexually transmitted disease and other health services. Medical providers can also assist with preserving evidence documenting your injuries.

    g) In addition to seeking assistance from law enforcement, you can also take steps to protect yourself from the assailant by staying with friends or family after the act of sexual violence, letting your voicemail record telephone calls and messages, notifying the College of the incident in order to insure the assailant is not allowed to have contact with you while on campus or at campus event. 

    For assistance with filing a complaint of sexual violence through College complaint procedures, obtaining assistance with accessing law enforcement, and confidential counseling, emotional support, and immediate emergency services, if not already accessed, students should contact the Dean of Student Engagement and Retention. Employees should contact the Director of Human Resources for the same assistance. In addition to contact information for the Dean of Student Engagement and Retention and the Director of Human Resources, the following contacts are for campus and local advocacy, counseling, health, mental health and legal assistance services:

     

    Point of contact:
    District Complaint Coordinator for Student Complaints
    of Discrimination or Sexual Harassment
     
    Office of the Dean of Student Engagement and Retention
    Harvin Student Center, Room 204
    101 Baldwin Blvd.
    Corpus, Christi, TX 78404
    (361) 698-1277 (Phone)
    (361) 698-1599 (Fax)