Safe and positive options for “bystander intervention” targeted to “prevent harm or intervene” in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking;
Information on “risk reduction” to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime and security policies. The full Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Reports are available on the WVMCCD District Website.
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West Valley College provides a safe environment that supports learning and encourages all students to pursue their goals and successfully achieve them. This means the College does not tolerate sex discrimination—including sexual harassment and violence—and is committed to empowering all students and employees to take actions to eliminate sex discrimination on campus and to know how to get help if sex discrimination occurs. The College has a Title IX team that is prepared and ready to help!
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects students, employees, and other persons at the college from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment; discrimination based on gender identity or on not conforming to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity; sexual assault; domestic violence; stalking; or other types of sexual misconduct (S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Title IX Resource Guide (Apr. 2015). Title IX protects women and men, students and employees—it protects all of us!
You may be afraid or confused. The college respects and recognizes this, but the only way to stop sexual violence is to identify it when it happens and to take steps to stop it from happening again. When any faculty, staff, or employee (except for those required to be confidential) hears of an incident of sexual harassment or sexual assault, he or she should follow college protocol: immediately report it to your supervisor. Your supervisor should report it to the appropriate college administrator (Dean or Vice President), who will then inform the District Title IX Coordinator, the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. It is important to provide as much information as possible. Reports must be documented in writing. WVC has a general complaint form available online.
Because the College takes sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously, employees are required to report all incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Situations that are related to or affect students, should be reported immediately to the Vice President of Student Services who will work directly with the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Situations that are related to or affect employees, should be directed to the Human Resources. Whenever possible, follow the protocol described in “Report a Complaint” section. It is also important to seek available resources and speak with professionals who may provide assistance and referrals.
All West Valley College students may utilize the services available on campus. Personal and mental health counseling is free to all registered West Valley College students. If you want to speak with someone at the College about an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence but you don’t want to report the incident at that time, you can speak confidentially with our staff in the Health Services or the Counseling Center. The professional staff at Health Services and Counseling are confidential and well trained to provide you guidance and referrals. It is very likely they will encourage you to file a report, but their most important role is to listen and provide support.
You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The content of your email may simply indicate, “this is a Campus SaVE situation,” or "this is a Title IX situation."Your email will be forwarded to our online counselor who will initially contact you online and refer you to Health Services or a personal face-to-face appointment with one of our counselors.
We all can make a difference in stopping sexual violence. Most sexual assaults and rape are committed by someone the victim knows, not by a stranger, and many involve situations where drinking and drug use is occurring. Here are some important tips to remember:
The college also has information regarding the Campus SaVE Act. For more info about what you can do to understand the law and protect yourself, please visit the Student Right Know: Campus SaVE Act
To join thousands of people across the country in signing a pledge to end sexual violence, go to http://www.itsonus.org.
To learn more about what you can do, check out the following resources:
If you have additional questions, please contact the Vice President of Student Services at (408) 741-2119 and/or the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources/District Title IX Coordinator at: (408) 741-2060.
West Valley College employees and students have many opportunities to attend trainings sponsored by Health Services, often in collaboration with other programs in Student Services. A suite of online simulation training is also available to faculty, staff, and students. Information about Kognito training is available at:
The District also provides training opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators on a variety of important topics such as sexual harassment and preventing a hostile work environment. The training courses are online for convenience. Information about training opportunities are regularly sent to all employees. For more information about training, contact Human Resources.
When faculty or staff learn about a sexual harassment or sexual violence complaint, the best approach is to listen and then report the complaint as described in the "Report a Complaint" section above. Faculty and staff do not have to decide who is right or wrong or try to fix the issue. Instead, they are critical in maintaining an environment in which students and employees feel safe to share concerns and to report complaints in order to maintain a safe environment.
All employees who participate as witnesses or advocates in a sexual harassment or sexual violence investigation are protected from retaliation. West Valley College is committed to stopping sexual harassment and sexual assault. Any acts taken against those who report or take a stand against these violations will not be tolerated. If you become aware of an act of retaliation in any form, please contact the WVM District Vice Chancellor of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator immediately at (408) 741-2060 or contact the appropriate senior administrator (Deans, the Vice President of Instruction or the Vice President of Student Services).
West Valley College is a drug-free campus.
BP 3550 Drug-Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program
References: Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, 20 U.S. Code Section 1145g; 34 Code of Federal Regulations Sections 86.1 et seq.; Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, 41 U.S. Code Section 702
The District shall be free from all drugs and shall prohibit the unlawful use, possession, sale, or distribution of alcohol, narcotics, dangerous or illegal drugs, or other controlled substances, as defined in California statutes, on District property or at any function sponsored by the District or Colleges.
Any student or employee who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action (consistent with local, state, or federal law), which may include referral to an appropriate rehabilitation program, suspension, demotion, expulsion, or dismissal.
The Chancellor shall assure that the District dis-tributes annually to each student and employee the information required by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and complies with other requirements of the Act.
The Colleges will provide information pertaining to the health risks and effects associated with alcohol and narcotics or other dangerous or illegal drugs. Students may be referred to various on campus programs or outside agencies for support, information, and/or enrollment in a drug recovery program. Date Adopted: January 17, 2012
For a first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, you may serve 96 hours to six months in jail and pay a fine. It is unlawful for anyone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 percent or above to drive a motor vehicle or ride a bicycle on a highway.
West Valley College employees may be placed on probation, terminated, and criminally prosecuted for the use, sale or possession of illegal drugs and/or alcohol on campus, or at college-sponsored events.
West Valley College’s plan for eliminating discrimination and denial of services on the basis of race, color, and national origin (Title VI); sex (Title IX); Disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and for assuring equal access to all students including historically underrepresented groups is quite comprehensive. The groups include, but are not limited to, Asian, African-American, Native American, Hispanics, and persons with disabilities. The college takes pride in providing appropriate services to all students—male and female—from a variety of backgrounds. Every effort will be made to identify and select individuals who are ethnic minorities or disabled. Strategies for overcoming barriers to participation and success are aligned with the requirements of Section 427 of GEPA. The college will ensure the following: