Title IX: Sex-Based Harassment and Discrimination

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"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 Educational Amendments of 1972

Pasadena City College is committed to providing a learning and working environment free from harassment discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX is a Federal Civil Rights law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education. This law applies to educational institutions which receive funds from the federal government, including Pasadena City College. This law outlines definitions and procedural requirements which PCC must follow with regards to policy and adjudication of sexual harassment cases. In accordance with Title IX law, prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to the following, which are defined further in PCC’s policies:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Sex-based Discrimination

How the Title IX Office Can Help

Once the College receives a report, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will reach out to the complainant to explain their rights, resolution options and procedures, and the different kinds of support available. All supportive measures through the college are available regardless of whether or not someone chooses to file a formal complaint with the college. The office can also provide information about and assistance with understanding the criminal justice process, connection to law enforcement, and connection to community-based resources.

Supportive measures, including but not limited to:

  • Academic support (e.g., extensions of deadlines, alternative assignments)
  • Safety Measures (e.g., campus safety escorts, No Contact Orders, increased security)
  • Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
  • Modified work arrangements
  • Referral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services
  • Referral to housing resources
  • Referral to pro-bono or low-cost legal resources
  • Referral to community-based victim service providers
  • Referrals to visa and immigration assistance
  • Safety planning
  • Student financial aid counseling
  • Transportation accommodations and resources