Know Your Rights: Title IX in San Diego

What is Title IX?

“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 educational assistance…” – TITLE IX, EDUCATION AMENDMENTS OF 1972

Meaning, if you are enrolled at any school (high schools included!) that receives federal funding, you have the federally-protected right to attend school and school-sanctioned events (including sports) without being sexually harassed or discriminated against on the basis of your sex.

Sexual harassment includes (but is not limited to): attempted or completed rape or sexual assault; unwanted pressure for sexual favors or dates; unwanted touching, cornering, or leaning over; unwanted sexual looks or gestures; unwanted letters, telephone calls, or materials of a sexual nature; and unwanted sexual comments, jokes, remarks, or questions.

Who does Title IX protect?

“Title IX protects all students at recipient institutions from sex discrimination, including sexual violence. Any student can experience sexual violence: from elementary to professional school students; male, female, [and gender nonconforming] students; straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students; part-time and full-time students; students with and without disabilities; and students of different races and national origins.” Additionally, “Title IX protects all students at recipient institutions in the United States regardless of national origin, immigration status, or citizenship status” (OCR Title IX Resource).  Title IX also protects faculty and staff from any sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence (KnowYourIX).

What is the role of a Title IX Coordinator?

See this comprehensive overview for information about a Title IX Coordinator’s role. Also, see the Department of Justice website or see the Title IX resource guide here.

When should you contact your Title IX coordinator or Deputy Coordinator?

  • to “seek information or training about students’ rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,
  • to “file a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct,
  • to “notify the College of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns,
  • to “get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, and
  • to “ask questions about the College’s policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.” Notalone.org

To file a Title IX Claim

Contact your Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Coordinator on campus. For a list of Title IX Coordinators at San Diego County universities, please see below (listed alphabetically).  Also, look up your Title IX coordinator here.

If your school does not have a Title IX coordinator or your claim has been mishandled, you have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights with the US Department of Education.

Office for Civil Rights

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-1100

Customer Service Hotline: (800) 421-3481

TDD#: (877) 521-2172

Email: OCR@ed.gov

Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

If you’ve been sexually assaulted and you’d like help, call our hotline and ask to be connected to an advocate: (888) 385-4657  — the hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We welcome all genders and relationships. 

 

Title IX Coordinators at San Diego Universities

Note: This information is correct to the best of our knowledge as of 08/30/16.

Alliant International University

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Mary Oling-Sisay

Vice President for Student Affairs Policy Assurance

10455 Pomerado Road San Diego, California 92131

858-635-4701

Moling-sisay@alliant.edu

 

Azusa Pacific University

Title IX Coordinator

Shino Simons

Associate Dean of Students/Administrative Judicial Officer

Office location: East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Phone: (626) 815-2067

Email: ssimons@apu.edu

 

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Elaine Walton

Director of Women’s Resource Center

Office location: East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA 91702

Phone: (626) 815-2068

Email: ewalton@apu.edu

 

John Baugus

Executive Director of Human Resources

Office location: Administration West, Suite 117, 568 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, CA 91702

Phone: (626) 815-4622

Email: jbaugus@apu.edu

 

Cal Western School of Law 

Title IX Coordinator

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

225 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101-3046

619-525-1409

TitleIXCoordinator@cwsl.edu

 

Cal State San Marcos – CSUSM

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Bridget Blanshan

(760) 750-4056

 

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students

Dilcie Perez

(760) 750-4935

 

National University

If the complaint involves a National University Student:

Office of Student Affairs Title IX Compliance and Grievances Coordinator

National University

11255 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla CA 92037

(858) 642-8097

CivilRightsComplaints@nu.edu

 

If the complaint involves a National University Staff member (not faculty), contact:

Associate Vice President

Human Resources National University

11255 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 642-8195

 

If the complaint involves a National University Staff faculty member, contact:

Provost National University

11355 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 642-8135

 

Point Loma Nazarene University

Title IX Coordinator

Caye Smith, Psy. D.

Vice President for Student Development

cayesmith@pointloma.edu

Office Phone: (619) 849-247

Office Location: 3rd floor, Nicholson Commons, Room 303

 

San Diego Christian College

Title IX Coordinator

Robert Jensen, Vice President for Administration

Email: rpjensen@sdcc.edu

Phone: 619-201-8698

Office Location: E216

 

Title IX Deputy Coordinators

Tammy Dally, Faculty Assistant (faculty)

Email: tammy.dally@sdcc.edu

Phone: 619-201-8707

Office Location: F200

 

Pete Goodman

Director of Student Life (students)

Email: peter.goodman@sdcc.edu

Phone: 619-201-8694

Office Location: A117

 

SDSU

Title IX Coordinator

Jessica Rentto

Associate Vice President, Administration

jrentto@mail.sdsu.edu

Phone: 619-594-6017

 

We also have a full-time CCS advocate on campus at SDSU who provides no-cost advocacy services to students, faculty, and staff at SDSU who have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence. For more information about how our CCS advocate, Jenny Harper, can help the SDSU community, call: 619-594-0210, email jharper@ccssd.org, or stop by her office at Student Health Services in the Calpulli Center on campus.

 

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Title IX Coordinator

Lisa Ferreira

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Phone: (619) 961-4202

lisaf@tjsl.edu

 

UCSD

Interim Title IX Compliance Coordinator/Sexual Harassment Officer

Carol Leah Rogers

9500 Gilman Dr. # 0024, La Jolla, CA 92093-0024

(858) 534-8298

 

University of Phoenix

Title IX office: 866.320.2817

TitleIX@phoenix.edu

 

USD

Title IX Coordinator

Nicole A. Schuessler, Ph.D.

Director of Title IX and Equal Employment Opportunity Programs

Maher Hall 101, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 260-4594

TitleIX@sandiego.edu

 

Community Colleges:

San Diego Community College District

Title IX Coordinator for San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, & San Diego Miramar College (also known as San Diego Community College District):

Title IX Coordinator

Christopher May

cmay@sdccd.edu

619-388-6805

 

Title IX Investigator

Leslee Morris

lmorris@sdccd.edu

619-388-6809

 

Title IX Deputies available on campus at City College, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education:

City College

Denise Whisenhunt

Vice President of Student Services

dwhisenhunt@sdccd.edu

619-388-3464

Location: E-Building

 

Mesa College

Ashanti Hands

Vice President of Student Services

ahands@sdccd.edu

619-388-2699

Room: I4-409

 

Miramar College

Gerald Ramsey

Vice President of Student Services

gramsey@sdccd.edu

619-388-7432

Room: N-203

 

Continuing Education

Star Rivera-Lacey

Dean of Counseling and Student Success

srivera@sdccd.edu

619-388-4850

Room: 104

 

Grossmont College

Title IX Coordinator

Tim Corcoran, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Tim.Corcoran@gcccd.edu

(619) 644-7572

 

MiraCosta College

Title IX Coordinator

Sheri Wright

Director of Human Resources

P 760.795.6865

 

Palomar Community College

Title IX Coodinator

Mike Popielski

(760) 744-1150 ext. 2531

mpopielski@palomar.edu

 

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Shawna Cohen

(760) 744-1150 ext. 2608

scohen@palomar.edu

 

San Diego Unified School District

Title IX Coordinator

San Diego Unified School District

4100 Normal Street, Room 2129, San Diego, CA 92103

619-725-7225

 

Southwestern College

Title IX Coordinator

Patti Blevins

619.482.6329

 

Also, check out KnowYourIX.org for more information!

 

By CCS Staff Lindsay Riedel, Education & Outreach Manager

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