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.


Whittier College encourages reports of all sexual misconduct, regardless of who engaged in the conduct. Even if the College does not have jurisdiction over the Complainant or Respondent, the College will use its best efforts to provide for the safety of the Complainant and campus community. For questions about this policy or to report an incident of sexual misconduct, please contact a Whittier College Title IX Coordinator.

If a student or employee experiences misconduct while at Whittier College or at a College-sponsored activity, event, meeting, or conference, they are strongly encouraged to take the following steps.

For faculty

Notify the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

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For staff and Whittier Law School

Notify the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development and Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Cynthia Joseph

In her absence, contact Human Resources at 562.907.4208.

For students

Notify the Title IX Coordinator

Lafayette Baker

If the Vice President of Academic Affairs is notified first, they will safeguard the faculty member’s safety and immediately notify the Title IX Deputy Coordinator.

The Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development - Title IX Deputy Coordinator (or designee) will meet with the employee to determine how to end the discrimination/harassment/sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy the effects upon the victim and community, providing all resources and following the process noted in the Whittier College Sexual Misconduct Policy and/or the Employee Handbook.

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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