Frequenly Asked Questions about the Title IX Process



A Complainant is an individual who files a complaint to report a violation of policy. It also includes any person who is reported to have experienced a violation of policy.

A Respondent is an individual designated to respond to a report filed to Title IX.  Generally, a Respondent is someone alleged to be responsible for prohibited conduct as outlined in a complaint made by the Complainant.

Survivor Advocate
A confidential support person that provides individuals with options and resources so they can make informed decisions about their situation. They offer a safe, confidential setting to talk with individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or stalking. Learn about Oxy's Survivor Advocate



Sex or Gender-Based Discrimination
Sex or gender-based discrimination refers to the disparate treatment of a person or group because of that person’s or group’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment
“Harassment” is conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or learning environment, or that unreasonably interferes with work or academic performance based on a person’s protected status, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. All such conduct is unlawful.

Forms of Sexual Misconduct

To review complete definitions and read the full Occidental College Sexual Misconduct Policy, please visit oxy.edu/sexual-respect-title-ix/policies-procedures

  • Sexual Assault:
    “Sexual Assault” is having or attempting to have sexual intercourse with another individual by force or threat of force, without effective affirmative consent or where that individual is incapacitated.
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Contact:
    “Non-Consensual Sexual Contact” is having sexual contact with another individual by force or threat of force, without effective affirmative consent or where that individual is incapacitated.
    Sexual Contact includes intentional contact with the intimate parts of another.
  • Stalking:
    “Stalking” occurs when a person engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.
    • A course of conduct consists of two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which a person directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about another person, or interferes with another person’s property.
    • Cyber-stalking is a particular form of stalking in which electronic media such as the internet, social networks, blogs, cell phones, texts, or other similar devices or forms of contact are used.
  • Intimate Partner Violence:
    “Intimate Partner Violence” includes any act of violence or threatened act of violence against a person who is, or has been involved in, a sexual, dating, spousal, domestic, or other intimate relationship with the Respondent. The College will not tolerate Intimate Partner Violence of any form. It is often referred to as dating violence or domestic violence. Intimate Partner Violence affects individuals of all sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, races, and social and economic backgrounds.