Community Commitments Environment Free of Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Assault
Westmont College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, religion, marital status, military status, or veteran status.
While the college lawfully exercises the right to seek and hire faculty and staff co-religionists at all levels of employment and hold members of its community to conduct standards that are consistent with its established faith-based tenets, the college will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment in any of its programs, practices or policies; nor will it tolerate retaliation against any individual for making a complaint, for participating in the investigation of a complaint, or for otherwise opposing unlawful conduct as described in the Westmont College Policy and Procedures on Unlawful Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment, and Sexual Assault.
Additional information is available on pages 67 – 86 in the Student Handbook on Sexual Assault, Stalking, Dating and Domestic Violence Policies and Procedures.
Westmont’s community commitment to an environment free of unlawful discrimination, unlawful harassment, and sexual assault encompasses and extends beyond its obligations under Title IX. It also is evident in the:
- Training Resources provided to students, faculty and staff.
- Means of Reporting Concerns and Complaints.
- Information made available to the public through the Clery Report.
- Publication of Resources for Victims.
Title IX. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. It states:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...
Westmont’s comprehensive Policy and Practices on Unlawful Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment, and Sexual Assault covers allegations of discrimination on the basis of gender as well as on the basis of other protected categories.
The college’s Title IX Coordinator is Vice President Chris Call. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, 805.565.6023, or Kerrwood Hall 215.
Training Resources. College Counsel regularly trains supervisors and members of student conduct panels on their responsibilities by virtue of the law and of college policies. [Add information regarding orientation of students, faculty and staff.] In addition:
- Students are strongly encouraged to complete an online training program on Substance Abuse & Sexual Assault Prevention for Students.
- Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to access online training materials provided by United Educators. These include:
- Introduction to the Campus SaVE Act for Employees
- Legal Implications of the Campus SaVE Act for Administrators
- Workplace Harassment Prevention
Reporting Concerns and Complaints. In the event of an emergency, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors should call 911, and then call the Public Safety Department. The Public Safety Department can be reached from any campus phone by dialing ext. 6222 or (805) 565-6222 from an off-campus phone.
Handbooks for students, faculty, and staff provide means for reporting concerns and complaints. A summary of these avenues for students is included in the Student Concerns and Complaint Policy.
The Westmont College Policy and Procedures on Unlawful Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment, and Sexual Assault identifies those designated to receive such complaints.
Clery Report. Each year, Westmont distributes information about its campus safety procedures, crime statistics, and campus fire safety procedures. This is an online report.
Resources for Victims. Students are encouraged to take advantage as needed of campus resources -- e.g., Health and Counseling Center (additional resources for students are included in the Sexual Assault Policy found on pages 69 – 70 in the Student Handbook). Likewise, faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage as needed of Employee Assistance Program benefits (including counseling and legal services) and other off-campus resources.