Whittier College Sexual Misconduct Policy 2019-2020


To report sexual misconduct, fill out the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form or call the Title IX Coordinator, Lafayette Baker, at 562.907.5028 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m., call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211.

Whittier College (the “College”) is a community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to teaching, learning, service, and scholarship. The College encourages intellectual exploration in the context of a supportive and respectful community in which students, faculty, staff, and administrators can pursue their education and work free from harassment, coercion, intimidation, and exploitation. To accomplish this goal, the College will not tolerate Sexual Misconduct (as defined below). 

To accomplish this goal, Whittier College is committed to providing an educational and employment setting that is respectful and will not tolerate sexual misconduct, including but not limited to, bullying (sex or gender-based), dating violence, domestic violence, harm to others (sex or gender-based), hazing (sex or gender-based), non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts), sexual assault (or attempts), sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and stalking. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are expected to adhere to the Whittier College Sexual Misconduct Policy. 

This policy was updated on February 5, 2020 and will be updated annually by the Title IX Coordinator.

Administrative Contact Information

The College has determined that the following administrators are Officials with Authority to address and correct harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. Complaints or notice of alleged policy violations, or inquiries about or concerns regarding this policy and procedures, may be made internally to:

Linda Oubré, Ed.D., MBA
Whittier College President 

For allegations involving students

Lafayette Baker, J.D., Title IX Coordinator

For allegations involving staff

Cynthia Joseph, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development, Mendenhall, Lower Level  

For allegations involving faculty

sal johnston, Ph.D., Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Mendenhall, First Floor  

Other contacts

Rock Carter
Director of Athletics

Jose Padilla
Director of Campus Safety

In addition, all other Senior Administrators at Whitter College are Officials with Authority. 

The College has also classified faculty, staff, and student employees when working as Mandated Reporters of any knowledge they have that a member of the community is experiencing harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. The section below on Mandated Reporting details which students and employees have this responsibility and their duties, accordingly. 

Inquiries may be made externally to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.  20202-1100

Customer Service Hotline: 800.421.3481
Facsimile: 202.453.6012 
TDD#: 877.521.2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) 
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200 
San Francisco, CA 94105 
Customer Service Hotline #: 415.486.5555 
Facsimile: 415.486.5570 TDD#: 877.521.2172
Email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov 

Related websites

Visit the Victim and Survivor Support page to learn more about the resources available to victims and survivors of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, non-consensual sexual contact, domestic and dating violence, bullying and stalking that occurs because of a person’s sex/gender or sexual/gender identity. 

To report sexual misconduct, students, faculty, and staff can fill out the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form In addition, anyone can make a report to the Title IX Coordinators (listed above). In such a situation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee(s) will respond and determine appropriate steps, including possible notification and documentation under the Clery Act.

HEDS Sexual Assault Climate Survey Results

2016-2017 Results (PowerPoint)
2016-2017 Results (Data)

2015-2016 Results (PowerPoint)
2015-2016 Results (Data)

Whittier College Sexual Misconduct Policy

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