If a Student Reports Sex Discrimination, Harassment, or Crime

If a student reports that the student has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, the student has options on how to proceed. The most important thing is that the student is safe and is not in imminent danger.  

The student has the choice of whether to involve police.

If a Student is in Distress:

  • Listen non-judgmentally. Listen to the experience as the student describes it. State that you want to provide support in any way that you can.
  • Validate the student’s feelings. State that you understand that this was very upsetting, it is ok to be upset, and you want to help them. 
  • Assure the student that it is not their fault. Victims of sexual violence often blame themselves, but reassure them that they have done nothing wrong.  They have nothing to feel guilty or ashamed about.
  • Do not make judgmental comments. Do not comment on what could have been done differently or make statements that imply that the student could have avoided the harassment or assault.
  • Be sympathetic. Focus on listening and supporting the student in their choices.
  • Be supportive. Medical staff, police, and others at Ohlone are here to help and support. We are here to listen and/or take action, depending on the student’s decisions and requests.
  • Ask about witnesses and location. Ask the victim to name or describe the physical description and/or location of witnesses to the crime in case the victim later decides to involve police.
  • Provide written summary about the importance of preserving evidence. Print and provide this to the victim or email the victim the link. 
  • Discuss options. Show them the Title IX website and help them find information to assist them.  Suggest they go to the Student Health Center or contact a crisis hotline if in crisis.  Ask the student what they want to do.
  • Ask the student if they want to report or keep confidential. Unless the student wants to keep confidential and you are a confidential counselor, you must contact the Title IX Coordinator.The information you can share depends on your category:
  • Professional, licensed mental-health counselors are not required to report any information to the Title IX Coordinator (unless the victim consents).
  • Student Health Center health staff and other counselors and advocates must report the nature, date, time, and general location of an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without directly or indirectly identifying the victim (unless the victim consents).
  • A “responsible employee” must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual incident shared by the victim (even if the victim does not consent) – including the names of the victim and alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident.  A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the victim’s consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement.  “Responsible employees” include:
    • Title IX Coordinator (VP of Human Resources)
    • Human resources staff
    • Student Health Center employees not in prior two categories
    • Campus Police/Safety employees
    • Vice Presidents 
    • Deans
    • Faculty 
    • Campus ombudsperson 
    • Other administrators with supervisory responsibilities
  • Get support for yourself. Do not hesitate to seek advice from the Campus Police, Title IX Coordinator, Student Health Center, or community resources. It is not necessary to give names or details of the incident to get initial support and to learn more about options that you can share with the student. 
  • Local Rape Crisis and Referral Center (408) 287-3000
  • BAWAR (Bay Area Women Against Rape): 24-Hour Hotline, English and Spanish: (510) 845-7273
  • SAVE (domestic violence) (24-Hour Hotline): (510) 794-6055  
  • San Francisco Women Against Rape (24-Hour Hotline): (415) 647-7273
  • RAINN (Rape and Incest National Network) (allows you to search by state and/or zip code in order to find the rape crisis center nearest you.) (800) 656 -HOPE (4673) 
  • Ohlone Student Health Center Building 7, Room 7302, (510) 659-6258. 

If You Believe You are Being Subjected to Sex Discrimination, Harassment, or Crime

Employees and applicants are protected from sex discrimination under Title IX.  Other laws protect you from discrimination based on other protected characteristics.  See Nondiscrimination Board Policy (BP 3410).

Ohlone is committed to equal opportunity in employment and all institutional programs and activities.

Sexual Crimes

For information about sexual crime prevention, visit our Prevention of Sex Crimes webpage. 

For information about sexual crime response, visit the following webpages:-

Additional information and resources are included in our Annual Safety Report.

Discrimination or Harassment Concerns

Before filing a formal complaint for discrimination or harassment, Ohlone encourages an individual who has a discrimination or harassment concern to discuss and try to resolve that concern with the other individual involved when the individual with a concern is comfortable doing so. Many concerns can be resolved quickly through open communication and discussion. 

If that discussion is unsuccessful or if the individual with the concern is uncomfortable discussing with the other individual, the individual with the concern should discuss and try to resolve the concern with the appropriate Dean with responsibility over the area of concern. 

If the individual with the concern is not certain which Dean to contact or if the concern involves a Dean, then the individual with the concern should discuss and try to resolve the concern with the appropriate VP or VP with responsibility over the area of concern.  If the individual with the concern is not certain which VP or VP to contact, as a general rule, the individual with the concern should contact the following:

Area of Responsibility Contact Person
Newark facility or classes Andrew LaManque, Executive Dean, Academic Affairs and Newark Center
Students Milton Lang, VP of Student Services
Employees Shairon Zingsheim, VP of Human Resources
Faculty or Instruction Anthony DiSalvo, VP of Academic Affairs
Technology or Computers Christopher Dela Rosa, VP of Administrative and Technology Services

The VP will assist the individual with the concern in trying to find an early resolution of the concern, when possible. 

If the concern involves a VP other than the VP of Human Resources, the individual should discuss with the VP of Human Resources.  If the concern involves the VP of Human Resources, the individual should discuss with another VP.

If you have a question or concern about discrimination or harassment, please contact the VP of Human Resources and Training. 

Resources

Ohlone Procedures for Handling Complaints of Unlawful Discrimination