Occidental College encourages community members to explore the avenues available to individuals to file a report through the on-campus process or alternative off-campus options.
Complaints Concerning Discrimination and/or Harassment
The College does not permit discrimination or harassment in our programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Students who believe they have been subjected to sexual or gender-based harassment in violation of this policy should follow the procedure outlined in this Code to report these concerns.
This process involves an immediate initial investigation to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe the sexual misconduct policy has been violated. If so, the College will initiate a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation. This investigation is designed to provide a fair and reliable determination about whether the College sexual misconduct policy has been violated. If so, the College will implement a prompt and effective remedy designed to end the misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.
Students who wish to report a concern or complaint relating to sexual misconduct may do so by reporting the concern to the College Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Erica O'Neal Howard
Associate Dean of Students
AVP/Director Jaime Hoffman
Individuals with complaints of this nature also always have the right to file a formal complaint with the United States Department of Education:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
90 7th Street, Suite 4-100
San Francisco, CA 94103
Voice Phone (415)437-8310
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Confidential Reporting Options
If one desires that details of the incident be kept confidential, this person should speak with on or off-campus mental health counselors or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality. In addition, you may speak on and off-campus with members of the clergy and chaplains, who will also keep reports made to them confidential.
You can seek advice from certain resources who are not required to tell anyone else your private, personally identifiable information unless there is cause for fear for your safety, or the safety of others. These are individuals who the college has not specifically designated as "responsible employees" for purposes of putting the institution on notice and for whom mandatory reporting is required, other than in the stated limited circumstances.
Non-Confidential Reporting Options
You are encouraged to speak to officials of the institution to make formal reports of incidents (deans, vice presidents, or other administrators with supervisory responsibilities, Campus Safety, and human resources). The College considers these people to be "responsible employees." Notice to them is official notice to the institution. You have the right and can expect to have incidents of sexual misconduct to be taken seriously by the institution when formally reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures. Formal reporting means that only people who need to know will be told, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.
Federal Timely Warning Reporting Obligations
Those who report incidents of sexual misconduct should also be aware that college administrators must issue immediate timely warnings for incidents reported to them that are confirmed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. The College will make every effort to ensure that the reporter's name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger. The responsible employees for timely warning purposes are exactly the same as detailed in the above paragraph.
Updated September 10, 2012
- Phone: (323) 259-2969