OFFICE OF THE TITLE IX COORDINATOR
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination against any person based on sex/gender in any federally funded education program or activity. Specifically, the law states that:
“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 financial assistance.”
Title IX applies to educational programs and activities including admissions, financial aid/scholarships; course offerings and program access; hiring and retention; and benefits. Title IX also protects all members of the college community against unlawful acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, and stalking in college programs and activities. Members of the community are also protected from retaliation for making reports or advocating a right related to Title IX. Sex and gender-based discrimination can be perpetrated by men or women and can take place between people of the same or different sex.
The regulations regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 can be found on the Department of Justice website.
THE TITLE IX OFFICE
In compliance with Title IX, Campus Hollywood prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in employment as well as in admission, enrollment and in the provision of all of its services, programs, and activities.
If you experience any of these forms of misconduct, you are strongly encouraged to utilize the various on- and off-campus resources. Your safety and well-being are Campus Hollywood’s primary priorities.
It is the purpose of the Title IX Office to support all members of the Campus Hollywood community by monitoring compliance with federal, state, and internal regulations; investigating reports and incidents relating to Title IX; advising CH community management and administration; and providing options and support for individuals who may have experienced gender-based discrimination and/or sexual misconduct.
WHOM DO I CONTACT?
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
If you are/have been a victim of gender discrimination or harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner/relationship violence, or stalking, you may contact any one of the following:
Campus Safety Authorities Public Safety (Non-Emergency)
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
For information about frequently asked questions about sexual harassment, visit the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights website.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
This page is intended to provide information and assistance to victims of sexual misconduct and/or to individuals who may be acting in support of a victim.
Please know that you are not alone; you are not to blame. Anyone can be the victim of sexual misconduct–regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, age, or social status. In the event of sexual misconduct, Campus Hollywood can offer interim protection measures and assistance to help you feel safe and move forward with your academic and personal goals.
WHAT IS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT?
Sexual misconduct is a general term including any and all unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without “Affirmative Consent” or by force, intimidation, coercion, or manipulation. Sexual misconduct may vary in its severity. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and sexual intimidation. Sexual misconduct can be committed by a person of any gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different gender.
A. Affirmative Consent
- According to the State of California, “’Affirmative consent’ means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time. The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, can never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.
- Consent must be present throughout the sexual activity — at any time, a participant can communicate a desire to no longer consent to continuing the activity.
- Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
- If there is confusion as to whether anyone has consented or continues to consent to sexual activity, the participants must stop the activity until each consents to it.
- Consent is not procured by the use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion.
- “Persons who are unable to give consent. In addition, the following persons are unable to give consent:
- persons who are asleep, unconscious, or involuntarily restrained physically;
- persons who are incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication so that the complainant could not understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual activity;
- persons who are unable to communicate consent due to a mental or physical condition;
- persons who are not of legal age according to the State of California
B. Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is a form of sexual misconduct and includes conduct from forcible intercourse to nonphysical forms of pressure that compel individuals to engage in sexual activity against their will. Examples of sexual assault under this policy include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors, however slight, when consent is not present:
- sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal). Intercourse, however slight, meaning vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; or oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact);
- attempted sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal);
- intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts;
- any other intentional unwanted bodily contact of a sexual nature;
- use of coercion, manipulation, or force to make someone else engage in sexual touching, including breasts, chest, and buttocks
C. Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that includes verbal, written, or physical behavior of a sexual nature, directed at an individual, or against a particular group, because of that person’s or group’s sex, gender, perceived gender, or based on gender stereotypes, when that behavior is unwelcome and meets either of the following criteria:
- Submission or consent to the behavior is believed to carry consequences for another person’s education, employment, on-campus living environment, or participation in a University program or activity. Examples of this type of sexual harassment include:
- pressuring a student to engage in sexual behavior for some educational or employment benefit; or
- making a real or perceived threat that rejecting sexual behavior will carry a negative consequence for the student in education, on-campus residence, or University program or activity.
- The behavior has the effect of limiting or denying another person’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for employment, education, on-campus living, or participation in a University program or activity. Examples of this type of sexual harassment can include:
- persistent unwelcomed efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship;
- unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities;
- repeated unwanted sexual attention;
- repeated and unwelcome sexually oriented teasing, joking, or flirting;
- verbal abuse of a sexual nature.
Comments or communications could be verbal, written, or electronic. Behavior does not need to be directed at or to a specific individual, but may be generalized unwelcomed and unnecessary comments based on sex or gender stereotypes. Determination of whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment requires consideration of all the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incidents occurred.
- electronically recording, photographing, or transmitting intimate or sexual utterances, sounds, or images without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved;
- voyeurism (spying on others who are in intimate or sexual situations);
- distributing intimate or sexual information about another person without that person’s consent;
- prostituting or trafficking another person.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
- Get to a safe place. Call 911 or Campus Security, 323.860.1127, if you need help getting to safety.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. Medical examinations are essential to detect injuries, and for possible protection against diseases or pregnancy. Medical professionals can also help preserve evidence. Call Hollywood Sunset Free clinic www.hsfreeclinic.org 323-660-2400, or Hollywood Walk-In Clinic www.hollywoodclinic.net 323-848-4522
- Seek support. Sexual Assault Hotline www.rainn.org 800-656-HOPE
Sometimes victims of sexual assault choose not to share their experiences for weeks, months, or even years. If you are a victim who has been silent, seeking out support from someone you can trust and feel comfortable with is important. Campus Hollywood strongly suggests that victims of sexual assault/sexual misconduct seek support through talking to someone — friend, family, or professional.
HOW TO REPORT SEXUAL ASSAULT
Please note that all criminal legal processes are independent of Campus Hollywood.
Hollywood Police Department
1358 N. Wilcox Avenue
Hollywood CA 90028
Mandatory Reporter Employees
Many employees (faculty members, administrators, residence assistants and directors, advisors, etc.) are required by law to notify the Title IX Coordinator the details of sexual misconduct.
Title IX Coordinator
Victims of sexual misconduct may file a report directly with the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is available to offer ongoing support to victims of sexual assault in understanding Campus Hollywood’s investigative and/or disciplinary processes or the criminal process as the reporting party chooses.
The Title IX Coordinator has the duty to redress sexual violence and remedy the effects on the victim and the Campus Hollywood community. The Coordinator will make every effort to maintain confidentiality, but may be required to investigate the incident.
Contact Tom Engfer, 323-860-4349
Campus Hollywood has employees who are available to offer support and guidance to victims of sexual assault in a confidential environment. Individuals may speak with confidential employees if they want to discuss issues but do not want any further action to be taken. Confidential employees can provide individuals with both immediate and long-term help to access assistance and discuss possibilities for additional support.
In addition to the confidential resources provided by the College, individuals may speak with off-campus counselors, violence resources, private agencies, and off-campus members of the clergy, each of whom will maintain confidentiality, except in extreme cases that involve a minor.
HOW DO I HELP A FRIEND?
A victim of assault is best supported with empathy and non-judgmental listening and confidentiality. It is usually best to try to remain calm, let the reporting party tell their story, and encourage the victim to seek medical attention and counseling.
It is the victim’s choice how and who to tell about the assault. Be clear and upfront about your ability to maintain confidentiality and reporting obligations.
- Don’t panic. Remain calm and concerned.
- Respect the language the victim uses to identify what has happened.
- Allow them to express their feelings.
- Believe and support the victim.
- Acknowledge discomfort and courage.
- Remind the victim that they are not at fault.
- Allow them to make their own decisions.
- Provide resources and options.
FILE A TITLE IX INCIDENT REPORT
Please use this form to make a report of sexual misconduct.
Please fill out the form completely and honestly. The information provided in this report will be kept as private as possible, but may result in a Title IX investigation. Individuals may make reports anonymously. Please note that such anonymity may demonstrably limit the school’s ability to investigate the issue and take steps to remedy the problem.
Once completed, this form will be forwarded to the Campus Hollywood Title IX Coordinator.
If it is an emergency, please dial 911.
ANNUAL SECURITY/SAFETY REPORT AND POLICIES
Musicians Institute’s Annual Crime and Safety Report
This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime
statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.
Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were
reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY
The Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool is brought to you by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. This analysis cutting tool was designed to provide rapid customized reports for public inquiries relating to campus crime and fire data.
The data are drawn from the OPE Campus Safety and Security Statistics website database to which crime statistics and fire statistics (as of the 2010 data collection) are submitted annually, via a web-based data collection, by all postsecondary institutions that receive Title IV funding (i.e., those that participate in federal student aid programs).
This data collection is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
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