Sexual Misconduct Information
Citrus Community College District is committed to providing an educational environment that is safe and free from all forms of discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.
No community can be totally risk free in today’s society. However, working together, students, faculty, staff, and visitors can help create an atmosphere which is as safe and crime-free as possible. Sections 66281.5 and 67385.7 of the Education Code require that community college districts adopt and implement procedures to ensure prompt response to victims of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct which occur on and off-campus, as well as, providing victims with information regarding post sexual assault treatment options and services. Citrus College is proactive in offering a safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors and will not tolerate sexual misconduct. For this, Citrus College offers prevention and education information and orientation programs about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking to students, faculty, staff and visitors to help prevent the risk of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct on or off-campus.
All Citrus College employees are deemed “responsible employees” and must report any violations or alleged violations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and retaliation involving students. A "responsible employee" who receives a report of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct must promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator.
Sexual misconduct is a term used to describe any sexual contact or activity that occurs without the affirmative consent of any individual involved. It may include, but is not limited to: sexual assault, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Sexual Harassment (Board Policy 7102 ·
Administrative Procedure 7102.1)
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of sexual nature when:
1. Submission to the conduct is made a term or condition of an individual’s academic status or progress;
2. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as a basis of academic decisions affecting the individual;
3. The conduct is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that the victim is effectively denied access to an educational opportunity or benefit; or
4. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the community college.
Any student, faculty, staff, or visitor who believes that he/she has been harassed or retaliated against in violation of
Board Policy 7102 should immediately report such incidents by following the procedure described in
Administrative Procedure 7102.1 entitled “Prohibition of Harassment: Students and Employees.” Supervisors are mandated to report all incidents of harassment and retaliation that come to their attention. Employees who violate the policy and procedures may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Students who violate this policy and related procedures may be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion.
Sexual and Other Assaults (Board Policy 3540 ·
Administrative Procedure 3540)
Sexual assault is defined as any kind of unwanted sexual contact. This includes, but is not limited to, rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, or threat of sexual assault. Sexual violence may include sexual assault, rape, date rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, forcing a person to watch/engage in pornography, harassment, exposing/flashing, voyeurism and/or fondling.
Any sexual violence or physical abuse, including, but not limited to rape as defined by California law, whether committed by an student, faculty, staff or visitor, that occurs on District property, on college owned or controlled property, at college sponsored or supervised functions, or related to or arising from college attendance or activity is a violation of Board Policies and Administrative Procedures, and is subject to all applicable punishment, including criminal procedures and/or civil prosecution and employee or student discipline procedures. Students, faculty, staff, and visitor who may be victims of sexual and other assaults shall be treated with dignity and provided comprehensive assistance.
Any sexual violence against the wishes and without the affirmative consent of the violated person, whether by a stranger or by an acquaintance, whether against a woman or a man, is a violation of the law. “Affirmative consent” means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreements to engage in sexual activity. It is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, is not consent. Prior consent is not consent to future acts. A person must be fully conscious and aware of their actions to be able to give consent. This means that a person who is asleep, drugged, intoxicated, unconscious, a minor, mentally impaired, or incapacitated cannot give consent. Intercourse under any of these circumstances is rape.
• Both partners must be equally free to act. The decision to be sexually intimate must be made without coercion.
• Both partners have the right to revoke their consent at any time during sexual activity by actively (verbally or non-verbally) communicating their desire to stop the activity.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
If someone is drunk, they can NOT legally give consent.
If you are underage, you will not get in trouble if you report a sexual assault that happened while you are drinking or under the influence of drugs.
Retaliation against anyone who engages in the protected activity of filing complaints of sexual harassment and of sexual misconduct is prohibited and should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at (626) 914-8830.
Any person who has been the victim of sexual misconduct or who has information regarding sexual violence on campus is strongly urged to call 911 or the police or sheriff department in the city where the crime took place and report the situation as soon as possible. If you are the victim of sexual assault on or off- campus you may also:
1. Go to a safe place. If on campus, you may call Campus Safety 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (626) 914-8611. You may also visit or contact the Student Health Center located in the Student Services Building (SS 147) during business hours or call (626) 914-8671.
2. Help preserve evidence. You do not have to decide immediately whether or not you want to purse a criminal complaint. Collecting evidence immediately following an assault will be helpful if you decide to press charges later.
3. Seek emotional care and support. Don’t try to deal with this situation alone. Call a friend, family member, or someone with whom you feel you can talk to. A 24 hour rape crisis hotline is available where help may be sought by calling (626) 793-3385.
4. Get medical attention as soon as possible to assess and treat physical injuries you may have sustained and to collect evidence of the assault. Choose to go directly to a hospital emergency room for medical care. Please keep in mind that there are many off-campus and confidential resources that can provide different support services to you in a time of crisis. This includes but is not limited to:
• Rape Treatment Center offers free rape exam with police officer authorization. Free rape exams are also available without police authorization, although police presence is strongly encouraged.
(310) 319-4000 located at 1250 16th Street, Santa Monica, California.
• Project SISTER Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Services offers immediate crisis assistance in seven languages, seven days a week. They also provide accompaniment/advocacy services in which trained volunteers support and advise survivors of sexual violence and child abuse at the hospital, police station, and during court appearances.
24-hour hotlines: (909) 626–HELP (4357) or (626) 966-4155
• Foothill Presbyterian Hospital: (626) 963-8411
• Glendora Police Department: (626) 914-8250
• Family Counseling Services: (626) 308-1414
• Peace Over Violence: (626) 966-4155
• San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services: (626) 885-8884
5. If the perpetrator is a student at Citrus College, consider reporting the assault to the manager of Human Resources and Staff Diversity/Title IX Coordinator at (626) 914-8830 and/or police. Telling the police does not commit you to further legal action. Title IX Coordinator, Campus Safety, and Student Health Center are campus non-confidential resources.
Confidentiality and Privacy
The Title IX Coordinator uses discretion and seeks to protect the privacy of all persons involved in complains of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. Unless explicitly stated, all other persons or entities on campus are not confidential and may have an obligation to report your disclosure to the Title IX Coordinator.
If you experience any type of sexual misconduct and want to speak to someone confidentially about your options, rights, and experiences, contact a confidential resource.
Rape, like other serious felony assaults, requires immediate notification of the Glendora Police Department. All sex crimes, including indecent exposure cases reported to Citrus College Campus Safety, will be documented on a report and forwarded to the Investigations Division of the Glendora Police Department in a timely manner. In those cases in which the alleged victims choose not to have their personal information reported, Citrus College Campus Safety will provide a "Jane Doe" report to the Glendora Police Department in a timely manner in keeping with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
Confidential Community Resources
National Sexual Assault Hotline - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
National Domestic Violence Hotline,
(800) 787-3224 (TTY)
Suicide and Rape 24-Hour Emergency Services National Hotline · (800) 333-4444
Facts About Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is a crime of violence. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of all sexual assaults involve the use of weapons, or the threat of violence or death. Rapists often look for potential victims who appear weak or vulnerable; however, anyone can be a victim of a sexual assault, regardless of behavior or appearance. Rape can happen to any person, anywhere or anytime. In a significant number of cases, the rapist is known to the victim.
Rape is not just an act committed in a dark alley by an assailant the victim has never met. Most rapes occur in the victim's home and about 60% of the victims who report their rape know their assailants. You can be aware without being afraid.
Some people believe that rapists are overcome with sexual desire or that women "ask for it" by the way they dress or act. Some people even believe that women want to be raped. These ideas assume that rape is motivated by sexual desire. IT IS NOT! Rape is a crime of violence - a hostile act - and it is motivated by the assailant's need to hurt and humiliate the victim. It is about power. In California, any form of sexual conduct carried out upon a person, against that person's will, is a crime. Any sexual penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the crime of rape. ( P.C. 261 and 263)
Nine Ways to Avoid Rape
• Always walk briskly. Look alert and confident. Avoid carrying objects requiring the use of both arms.
• Stay away from isolated areas, day or night.
• Never walk alone when it is dark.
• If you are being followed, get away fast, change directions, and walk/run to a crowded area.
• Keep all doors to your car and residence locked at all times.
• Before you drive home, call your family, a friend, or a roommate so they will expect you and be aware if you are excessively late.
• Encourage group activities in the early stages of a relationship.
• Take a self-defense course.
• Be aware of legislation that concerns your gender and contact legislators to express your views.
What to Do in a Risky Situation
• Stay calm and think out what your options are and how safe it would be to resist.
• Say "NO" strongly. Do not smile. Do not act polite or friendly.
• Say something like "STOP IT! THIS IS RAPE!"
• If the attacker is unarmed, fight back physically. Attack the most vulnerable parts of the body. Shout FIRE and escape as soon as possible.
• If the attacker is armed, try to talk him out of continuing the assault or try passive resistance such as pretending to faint, vomit, or urinate.
What to Do if You Have Been Raped
• Get to a safe place.
• Call a friend or family member to be with you.
• It is advisable to report a rape, even an unsuccessful attempt. The information you provide may prevent another woman from being raped. When you report a rape, any information you can remember about the attack will be helpful - the assaulter's physical characteristics, voice, clothes, car or even an unusual smell.
• If you have been raped, you should call the police as soon as possible; do not bathe or change your clothes. Semen, hair and material under fingernails or on your clothing all may be useful in identifying and prosecuting the rapist.
• It may be very helpful to contact a rape crisis center, where qualified staff members may assist you in dealing with your trauma. If you are unable to make the contact yourself, have a friend, family member or police make the call.
• Finally, it is important to remember that many women will mistakenly blame themselves for the rape. However, being raped is not a crime - the crime has been committed by the man who raped you.
Reducing the Risk of Acquaintance "Date" Rape
• When dating someone for the first time, seriously consider doing so in a group situation or meeting him at a public place. This will allow you assess your date's behavior in a relatively safe environment.
• Watch for inclinations that your date may be a controlling or dominating person who may try to control your behavior. A man who plans all activities and makes all decisions during a date may also be inclined to dominate in a private setting.
• If the man drives and pays for all expenses, he may think he is justified in using force to get "what he paid for." If you cover some of the expenses, he may be less inclined to use this rationale to justify acting in a sexually coercive manner.
• Avoid using alcohol or other drugs when you definitely do not wish to be sexually intimate with your date. Consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs, by both victim and perpetrator, is commonly associated with acquaintance rape. Drug intoxication can both diminish your capacity to escape from an assault and reduce your date's reluctance to engage in assaultive behavior.
• Avoid behavior that may be interpreted as "teasing." Clearly state what you do and do not wish to do in regard to sexual contact. Such direct communication can markedly reduce a man's inclinations to force unwanted sexual activity or to "feel led on."
• If, despite direct communication about your intentions, your date behaves in a sexually coercive manner, you may use a "strategy of escalating forcefulness - direct refusal, vehement verbal refusal, and, if necessary, physical force." In one study, the response rated by men as the most likely to get men to stop unwanted advances was the woman vehemently saying, "This is rape and I'm calling the cops." If verbal protests are ineffective, reinforce your refusal with physical force such as pushing, slapping, biting, kicking, or clawing your assailant. Men are more likely to perceive their actions as at least inappropriate, if not rape, when a woman protests not only verbally, but also physically.