Reporting Sexual Misconduct

A student wishing to officially report an act of sexual misconduct under this policy, either in addition to or instead of, local law enforcement, may do so by contacting Campus Safety and/or the designated College grievance officer.

Campus Safety is the first internal option to report an incident of sexual violence. Campus Safety will provide transportation and will notify the Dean of Students or Associate Dean of Students on-call immediately.

Alleged victims are encouraged to speak with the designated College Grievance Officers identified below to make formal reports of incidents of Sexual Misconduct. Complainants have the right, and can expect to have complaints taken seriously by the College when formally reported, and to have those incidents investigated and properly resolved through the procedures set forth in this Policy. Formal reporting still affords privacy to the reporter, and only a small group of officials who need to know will be told. Information will, however, be shared as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the Respondent.

Designated College Grievance Officers

Title IX Coordinator and Complaints about Students
Joel Pérez, Ph.D., Vice President/Dean of Students
Campus Center Room 142, 562.907.4233, jperez@whittier.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Complaints about Staff
Cynthia Joseph, Director of Human Resources
Mendenhall Lower Level, 562.907.4830, cjoseph@whittier.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Complaints about Faculty
Darrin Good, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty
Mendenhall First Floor, 562.907.4204, dgood@whittier.edu

Complaints about Administration
James Dunkelman, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Mendenhall Lower Level, 562.907.4205, jdunkelman@whittier.edu

Complaints about Admissions and Financial Aid
Kieron Miller, Vice President of Enrollment
Weingart Hall, 562.907.4238, kmiller@whittier.edu

Complaints involving Whittier Law School
Nidhi Parikh, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Relations
3333 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714.444.4141, ext. 122, nparikh@whittier.law.edu

Timeliness and Location of Incident Reporting Considerations

Incidents of sexual misconduct should be reported as soon as possible in order to maximize the College’s ability to respond promptly and effectively. The College does not limit the time frame for reporting but the longer one waits, the greater the possibility that a less effective or desired resolution may be reached. If the respondent is not a member of the Whittier College community, the College will seek to meet its Title IX obligation by taking steps to end the misconduct, prevent its reoccurrence, and address its effects, although the ability to take disciplinary action against the respondent may be limited.

The incident does not have to occur on campus to be reported to the College. Off-campus conduct that is likely to have a substantial effect on the Complainant’s campus life, work, and activities or which poses a threat to other members of the community, may be addressed under this Policy.

Bystander Reports/Intervention

The welfare of all members in our community is of paramount importance. At times, community members on and off-campus may need assistance. The College encourages community members to offer help and assistance to others in need. Sometimes, community members are hesitant to offer assistance to others, for fear that they may get themselves in trouble (for example, an underage student who has been drinking or a student using illegal drugs might hesitate to help take a sexual misconduct victim to Campus Safety). The College pursues a Policy of full immunity for students who offer help to others in need. (While Policy violations cannot be overlooked, the College will provide educational options rather than punishment to those who offer their assistance to others in need).

Reports Involving Minors or Suspected Child Abuse

Under California law, a person must make a mandatory report of suspected child abuse or neglect, including sexual assault, when that individual, in a professional capacity, has knowledge or observes a minor under 18 whom the individual knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect.

All College employees are required to immediately report any suspected child abuse to the Title IX Coordinator and the Director of Campus Safety.

The College will report all suspected child abuse and neglect, including sexual assault, to law enforcement and/or the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services.

Resources

Whittier College encourages prompt reporting of sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, or domestic/dating violence to the College or local law enforcement. The College recognizes that individuals may not be ready to report or may not be sure what has happened. This resource section is designed to provide information and support resources, including confidential resources who will not share information without the person’s permission.

On-Campus Confidential Resources

Counseling Center
Rebecca Romberger, PsyD., Director
Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety Office), 562.907.4239, rromberger@whittier.edu

Off-Campus Confidential Resources

Taxi vouchers are available from the Health and Wellness Center and Campus Safety to provide free transportation to local medical resources. A member of the Support Person Program is also available to accompany a survivor to off-campus resources.

Project Sister
Provides a 24-hour hotline, accompaniment program, Information and referral services, professional counseling series, support groups, and a walk-in clinic.
P.O. Box 1369, Pomona, CA 91769-1369
24 Hour Hotline: 909.626.4357, Phone: 909.623.1619, info@projectsister.org

Peace over Violence
Provides comprehensive, free treatment for sexual assault survivors, including 24-hour emergency medical care and forensic service, counseling and psychotherapy, advocacy, and accompaniment services.
West San Gabriel Valley Center, 892 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite D, Pasadena, CA 91103-3046
310.392.8381 / 213.626.3393 / 626.793.3385 / info@peaceoverviolence.org

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
A confidential, anonymous national sexual assault hotline
1.800.656.4673

Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
Provides comprehensive, free treatment for sexual assault victims, including 24-hour emergency medical care and forensic services, counseling and psychotherapy, advocacy and accompaniment services.
310.319.4000, Ext. 3.

Confidential Medical Resources

Under California law, medical providers (but not psychological counselors) are required to notify law enforcement if a patient communicates a sexual assault has occurred. The patient has the right to request that a survivor advocate be present when speaking to law enforcement and to request that criminal charges not be pursued. Any additional information is covered under HIPPA.