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TITLE IX POLICY

California Technical Academy

Title IX Policy

 

ABOUT TITLE IX

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 states:  “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” 

-Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Higher Education Act of 1965              

California Technical Academy, hereafter referred to as “CTA”, practices no discrimination on the basis of sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions transgender status, and gender identity), age, color, race, ethnic origin, ancestry, national origin, marital status, handicap or disability, status as a military veteran, religion or any other characteristic protected by law.

Examples of the types of conduct that violates Title IX include, but are not limited to:

  • Pressure for sexual activity
  • Sexual innuendos and comments
  • Sexually explicit questions
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
  • Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality
  • Sexual ridicule
  • Attempted or actual sexual violence
  • Acts of domestic or relationship violence
  • Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content, including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
  • Pervasive displays of pictures, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
  • Stalking a person

 

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

CTA strictly prohibits sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination as well as sexual violence as defined above. Sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination includes any verbal, physical, or visual conduct based on sex, race, age, national origin, disability, or any other legally protected basis if:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s education or employment.
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for decisions concerning that individual’s education or employment; or
  • It creates a hostile or offensive environment, which means the alleged conduct is sufficiently serious to limit or deny a student’s ability to participate or benefit from the student’s education program.

Unlawful harassment or discrimination may include racial epithets, slurs and derogatory remarks, stereotypes, jokes, posters, or cartoons based on race, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or other legally protected categories.

Sexual harassment is conduct based on sex, whether directed towards a person of the opposite or same sex, and may include explicit sexual propositions, sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, sexually oriented “kidding” or “teasing”, practical jokes, jokes about or displays of obscene printed or visual material, questions about sexual fantasies, preferences or history, and physical contact such as patting, pinching, or intentionally brushing against another person’s body. Gender-based harassment, including acts of verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping are strictly prohibited, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

 

COMPLAINT / GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

If you believe that you have experienced or witnessed harassment or sexual violence, notify your instructor, a member of administration, or preferably the Title IX Coordinator for your campus as soon as possible after the incident. Do not allow an inappropriate situation to continue by not reporting it, regardless of who is creating the situation. Also, it is important to preserve any evidence that may assist in proving that an alleged criminal offense occurred or that may be helpful in obtaining a protection order. No employee, student, or other person who does business with CTA is exempt from the prohibitions in this policy. To facilitate the investigation, you will need to fill out the Title IX complaint formTitle IX Discrimination Complaint Form.

 

TITLE IX COORDINATOR

The Title IX Coordinator has the responsibility of overseeing all Title IX related activities, complaints, and investigations. Below is the Title IX coordinator for each campus.

Title IX Coordinators

Location

Name

Contact Information

Riverside Campus

Eric Bostock

Eric@CTA.edu 951-276-1414 ext. 103

Temecula Campus

Vanessa Payne

Vanessa@CTA.edu 951-276-1414 ext. 202

North County Campus

Christopher Tower

Christopher@CTA.edu 951-276-1414 ext. 313

 

INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS

In response to all complaints, CTA promises prompt and equitable resolution through a reliable and impartial investigation of complaints, including the opportunity for both parties to present witnesses or other evidence. The time necessary to investigate will vary based on complexity but will generally be completed within sixty (60) days of receipt of the complaint. CTA shall maintain confidentiality for all parties to the extent possible, but absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. In cases where a student does not give consent for an investigation, CTA will weigh the student’s request for confidentiality against the impact on school safety to determine whether an investigation must proceed. Complainants should be aware that in a formal investigation due process generally requires that the identity of the charging party and the substance of the complaint be revealed to the person charged with the alleged harassment.

The preponderance of the evidence standard will apply to investigations, meaning CTA will evaluate whether it is more likely than not that the alleged conduct occurred. Both parties will receive written notice of the outcome of the complaint.

If CTA determines that unlawful harassment or sexual violence has occurred, immediate appropriate corrective action will be taken in accordance with the circumstances involved, and CTA will take steps to prevent the recurrence of any harassment or discrimination. Any employee determined by CTA to be responsible for unlawful harassment or discrimination will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Remedies for student-related claims may include, but are not limited to, an order to stay away, suspension, or termination.

To initiate a criminal investigation, reports of sexual violence should be made to “911” or local law enforcement. The criminal process is separate from the school’s disciplinary process. To the extent that an employee is not satisfied with the school’s handling of a harassment or discrimination complaint, he or she may also contact the appropriate state or federal enforcement agency for legal relief.

 

RETALIATION PROHIBITED

CTA will not retaliate against anyone for filing a complaint and will not tolerate retaliation

by students or employees. If you believe you have been retaliated against, you should promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator.

 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Victims of sexual misconduct should be aware that Administration must issue timely warnings for incidents reported to them that pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to other members of the campus community. CTA will make every effort to ensure that a victim’s name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions considering the danger. CTA reserves the right to notify parents/guardians of dependent students regarding any health or safety risk, or a change in student status.

 

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

Sexual Assault Trauma Resource Center (National): 1-800-656-4673

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Riverside County Sherriff’s Office: 951-955-2400

Escondido Police Department: 760-839-4722