Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Title IX

Individuals from the Cañada College community have the right to be free from sexual violence.  All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. 

Definition: Cañada College does not tolerate sexual misconduct.  Sexual misconduct encompasses a broad range of behavior that includes all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence.  Sexual violence refers to sexual acts committed against a person's will, or where the person is incapable of giving consent because of incapacitation, unconsciousness, or any circumstance rendering one unaware that sexual activity is occurring.     Sexual misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to: sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, cyber-stalking, bullying and cyber-bullying, aiding or facilitating the commission of a violation, and retaliation.

What to Do To Report: Any individual who believes he or she has been harassed, bullied or retaliated against, should report the incident to the Dean of Counseling, Max Hartman.  For reference in filing an incident, you may refer to the procedures SMCCCD Discrimination and Harassment Procedures .  Additional references include the Board Policy 2.25 and Administrative Procedure 2.25.1.

Sanctions: The colleges seeks to foster an environment where employees and students are free to report incidents of harassment without fear of retaliation or reprisal.  When an allegation is received, and the respondent is found to have violated any sexual misconduct policy, serious sanctions will be used.   Sanctions may range from behavior contracts to expulsion, depending upon the violation.

Title IX: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.  Sexual misconduct, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, is a form of discrimination.  Cañada College is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including discrimination based on sex.  There are resources available to students to address concerns related to sex discrimination and the Vice President, Instruction, serves as the Title IX Coordinator.  The role of the Title IX Coordinator is to oversee overall Title IX compliance, ensure prompt and equitable resolutions, establish a centralized reporting process for all sexual harassment and misconduct allegations on campus, coordinate staff professional development, and conduct on-going campus climate checks. For more detailed information, andto report an incident, please visit our District Title IX website

Links for Reference:

Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights  



More Information on Title IX



Title IX/504/ADA Coordinator 

C. Max Hartman (Dean of Counseling)

Student Services - Counseling


sexual assault prevention,