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Letter from the Chancellor

 

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You are a vital part of the District’s efforts to uphold the principles of Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on gender or gender identity, and also prohibits sexual harassment and acts of sexual violence.  Because our students frequently look to you for support, you need to take the following steps to be prepared to assist them: 

 

  • Attend training.  Title IX training is required by law and all employees must participate either in person for a 30 minute live presentation or by reviewing the materials online and completing a brief quiz.  The schedule of training opportunities will be publicized shortly. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to one of the Title IX Coordinators with your questions.
  • Understand your reporting obligation.  Faculty and staff are obligated to report[1]allegations of sexual violence & harassment involving students. Any incident must be reported to a Title IX Coordinator, Public Safety, or the Office of Human Resources. 
  • Know the limits of confidentiality. While you should always do your best to ensure a student’s privacy, complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed due to the District’s responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. After fulfilling your reporting obligations, keep the information private.
  • Remember your role. You are not an investigator or a counselor, your obligation is to report. You are a bridge to connect the student with the Title IX Coordinator.

 

The District is committed to providing an educational setting and workplace that protects all members of the District community: students, faculty and staff, from discrimination and harassment.  Campus safety is everyone’s responsibility. Thank you for your efforts to help make the San Mateo County Community College District a safe, respectful, and inclusive community.

Sincerely, 

Ron Galatolo

Chancellor



[1] Physicians, psychotherapists, counselors and clergy are generally not required to report.