Care & Support
There are many resources available on campus and in the surrounding community.
The College encourages all community members to make a prompt report of any incident of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking or intimate partner violence to local law enforcement and the College. For individuals who are not prepared to make a report, or who may be unsure what happened, but are still seeking information and support, there are several legally protected confidential resources available. Confidential resources will not share any information with the College or anyone else, unless there is an imminent risk of harm to self or others.
Occidental Survivor Advocate Naddia Palacios
Oxy 24/7 Confidential Hotline
Emmons Student Wellness Center
Office for Religious & Spiritual Life
Ordained clergy can provide confidential support.
Employee Assistance Program
Provides confidential telephone consultation or face-to-face meeting with master’s level consultant.
In the Community
LA Rape and Battering Hotline (Peace Over Violence)
A confidential 24-hour crisis line
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
A confidential, anonymous national sexual assault hotline
Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center
24-hour emergency medical care and forensic services
In addition to the confidential resources listed above, Occidental community members have access to a variety of resources provided by the College. The staff listed below is trained to support individuals affected by sexual harassment or misconduct and to coordinate with the Title IX Coordinator consistent with the College’s commitment to a safe and healthy educational environment. While not bound by confidentiality, these resources will maintain the privacy of an individual’s information within the limited circle of those involved in the Title IX resolution process.
Title IX Coordinator Ruth Jones
Available on weekdays during regular office hours to coordinate a fair and equitable response to reports of sexual misconduct.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator Richard Ledwin
Director of Human Resources
Available on weekdays during regular office hours.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Available as a first option to report an incident of sexual violence or intimate partner violence. Also provides an escort service on campus to any student and can reach the Dean on Duty at any time. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
323-259-2511 (emergency line), or dial 5 from any campus phone.
Dean of Students Office/Dean on Duty
Can provide reasonable accommodations for housing, academic flexibility and stay-away letters. Available on weekdays during regular office hours. Access to Dean on Duty 24-hours-a-day by calling Campus Safety at 323-259-2599.
Dean of Students Office 323-259-2661
Emmons Student Wellness Center
Provides medical treatment and confidential psychological counseling services.
Project SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment)
A prevention and education support program dedicated to ending sexual violence on campus through resources, advocacy, and educational programming related to issues of sexual violence and intimate partner violence.
In the Community
Students, faculty and staff may also access resources located in the local community. These organizations can provide crisis intervention services, counseling, medical attention and assistance in dealing with the criminal justice system. All individuals are encouraged to use the resources that are best suited to their needs, whether on or off campus.
It may be helpful for survivors to have someone who can help them explore their off-campus options and guide them through legal processes; an advocate can provide assistance in this area. Two local resources, Peace Over Violence and the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center offer advocacy support.
911 (24 hours)
For dispatch, (877) ASK-LAPD (877-275-5273)
LAPD Northeast Division
3353 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Occidental is located in Northeast Division.
Peace Over Violence (POV)
POV case managers can provide assistance and support with the medical and criminal legal process as well as accompaniment to hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and court appointments.
1015 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213-626-3393 or 626-793-3385
LA Gay and Lesbian Center
Provides support and advocacy services for LGBT community members.
1625 Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles 90028
In California, medical providers (but not psychological counselors) are mandated by state law to notify law enforcement if a patient tells personnel s/he has experienced sexual assault.
LA County/USC Medical Center*
Provides medical treatment and forensic exams.
1200 N. State St., Los Angeles 90033
Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center*
Provides comprehensive, free treatment for sexual assault victims, including 24-hour emergency medical care and forensic services, counseling and psychotherapy, advocacy, and accompaniment services.
*L.A. County designated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Center
- 24/7 Confidential Hotline:
- Survivor Advocate Naddia Palacios:
- Title IX Coordinator Ruth Jones:
- Campus Safety Emergency Line:
(323) 259-2511 or dial 5 from any campus phone
- Dean of Students Office: (323) 259-2661