About the Office

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

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What is Title IX?

Title IX

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity and discrimination based on pregnancy in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.  The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices, and programs that do not discriminate against anyone based on sex.

Title IX Coordinator

Oversees all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator is the central repository of Title IX knowledge on the campus and is responsible for the design and implementation of education around Title IX for CIAM.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Claudia Sarabia at [email protected] or 1 (626) 350-1500, or the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, [email protected].

The Title IX Coordinator is available to consult and provide advice to anyone in the CIAM community regarding rights and responsibilities under Title IX as well as policies and procedures. The Title IX office takes complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence.  The title IX Coordinator ensures that all complaints are handled in accordance with established policies and procedures.

About Title IX

Title IX benefits both females and males, and is at the heart of efforts to create gender equitable schools. The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices and programs that do not discriminate against anyone based on sex.

Title IX States:

“No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid.”

Examples of the types of conduct that violate 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
  • Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content, including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
  • Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
  • Stalking a person
  • Attempted or actual sexual violence

CIAM is committed to creating and maintaining a community free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence.  CIAM does not tolerate sexual harassment, which is prohibited both by law and by CIAM policy.

CIAM students and employees are protected from pregnancy discrimination. Under Title IX, it is illegal for schools to exclude a pregnant student from participating in any part of an educational program.  Other federal and state laws also protect pregnant employees from discrimination. Please click on the links below for resources and information on this topic:

Resources for Pregnant Students, Post Docs, and Faculty

Pregnancy rights under the California Fair Housing & Employment Act

Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Guidance from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Filling a Report

Filing a Report

If you have experienced sexual violence click here for information on reporting options. It is your personal choice to decide to file a complaint or if you decide not to.

You may contact the Title IX Coordinator for consultation, advice, or to file a report if you believe you are experiencing sexual harassment or gender discrimination.

The Title IX Coordinator and the Dean have an obligation to respond to reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence whether the individual making the report requests that no action be taken.

CIAM will make every effort to comply with an individual’s request for confidentiality of reports of sexual harassment or sexual violence in determining an appropriate response; however, the CIAM's legal is obligated to ensure a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment and sexual violence and the for the due process rights of the accused to be informed of the allegations and their source.  To ensure a complete and fair investigation some disclosure will be necessary.

Title IX Office

Claudia Sarabia
[email protected]
(626) 350-1500 Ext 112

Contact the Title IX Office to file a Title IX complaint.  This office also provides information and consultation about campus policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment to any interested person. Consultations are also available for faculty, supervisors, administrators, and others who need information about their responsibilities to address sexual harassment of which they become aware.

Dean’s Office

Dr. Robert Kirkland
[email protected]
(626) 350-1500 ext 107

Contact the Dean's Office to file a campus complaint against an offender who is also a CIAM student. The Dean’s Office can also issue a campus stay-away order, which is separate from a court-issued restraining order.

What to Expect

What to Expect

Procedures when a Student is Accused

Students accused of Misconduct and Policy Violations should read the following in conjunction:

CIAM Student Conduct Policy

CIAM Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy

Procedures When a Staff or Faculty Member or Other Academic Appointee Is Accused

Staff or Faculty accused of Misconduct and Policy Violations should read:

Faculty Conduct Policy

CIAM Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy

Employee Conduct Policy

Telling a professor, work colleague, supervisor or friend

You should feel free to talk to a trusted friend or colleague. Keep in mind that managers, supervisors and certain employees such as the Dean are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator.

The chart below shows reporting options and what to expect.

Options Will my information be confidential? Can I request a forensic medical exam? Will there be an investgation? Will there me disciplinary action for the accused?
Title IX Coordinator or Dean Your privacy will be protected to the greatest extent possible. Some UC personnel involved in your case will have access to your information, and your name may be shared with the accused if there's an investigation. Yes. It's up to you. In some cases, physical evidence may assist an investigation. Yes Possibly, depending on the facts of your situation.
Police Report Your name won't be disclosed if you request that it remain confidential.
However, be aware that if the case advances to a court trial, your name would be included in court records, which are public documents.
Yes. It's up to you. In some cases, physical evidence may assist an investigation. Yes Possibly, depending on the facts of your situation.
Anonymous Reporting Yes Yes Depends on the facts of your situation and if it is reported to a campus employee responsible for safety reporting. Depends on the facts of your situation and if it is reported to a campus employee responsible for safety reporting.

Community Resources

For additional information about shelters, legal issues, medical care, and other concerns related to your safety:

National DV Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) – 24-hour hotline: www.thehotline.org

LA County DV Hotline
1-800-978-3600 – 24-hour hotline

Peace Over Violence
(626) 793-3385(310) 392-8381(213) 626-3393 – 24-hour hotline
www.peaceoverviolence.org

Sojourn Services for Battered Women and their Children
(310) 264-6644 – 24-hour hotline
http://www.opcc.net/?nd=sojourn

RAINN • (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
1-800-656-HOPE (4673) – 24-hour hotline
www.rainn.org

National Center for Victims of Crime
www.VictimsofCrime.org

LGBTQ Community Resources
www.BreakTheCycle.org
www.lalgbtcenter.org

Improving Diversity
www.DiversityBuilder.com

Sexual Harassment Policy

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