In an Emergency 24/7
From any campus phone,
call 4300 or 911
From a mobile phone,
call SMC dispatch
If off campus, call 911
What can I do if I have been sexually assaulted?
Get to a safe place.
Call a friend or family member to be with you.
It is advisable to report a sexual assault, even an unsuccessful attempt. The information you provide may prevent another person from being assaulted. When you report a sexual assault, any information you can remember about the attack will be helpful - the assaulter's physical characteristics, voice, clothes, car or even an unusual smell.
If you have been sexually assaulted, you should call the police as soon as possible; do not bathe or change your clothes. Semen, hair, and material under fingernails or on your clothing all may be useful in identifying and prosecuting the assaulter. If the assault occurred on campus, call Campus Police at (310) 434-4300. If the assault occurred off-campus, call 911.
It is very helpful to contact a Rape Treatment Center, where qualified staff members may assist you in dealing with your trauma. If you are unable to make the contact yourself, have a friend, family member or police make the call.
Finally, it is important to remember that many individuals will mistakenly blame themselves for the assault. However, being sexually assaulted is not a crime - the crime has been committed by the person who assaulted you.
SMC strongly encourages survivors of any form of violence to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if they feel no injury was sustained. Medical providers can treat visible physical injuries, identify injuries that may not be visible, and, where appropriate, also test for and treat sexually transmitted infections, test for pregnancy, and provide emergency contraception (if requested). In addition, a hospital can test for the presence of alcohol or drugs (e.g. “date rape” drugs) and perform a rape evidence collection procedure, which can help maintain legal options.
In thinking about current and long-term safety, you may want to consider developing a safety plan which could include ways to remain safe and possible ways to reduce the risk of future harm. Information about safety planning can be found on the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.
For assistance with safety planning, you can contact the Santa Monica Police Department.
We highly recommend you download SMC’s LiveSafe App. Go to the App Store or Google Play. Register and fill out your profile and select Santa Monica College.
An individual who has experienced sexual assault/misconduct has the right to choose whether to file a police report.
Reporting the incident to the police does not mean that an individual is obligated to take the alleged offender/respondent to court.
SMCPD officers receive special training in working with survivors of sexual assault and can guide survivors through the reporting process.
Survivors can choose to work with a female or male police officer.
A survivor has up to five years after a sexual assault to make a report to the police and up to three years after an incident of domestic violence or stalking.
If you file a police report, the incident will be a matter of public record, you may report without having to give your name and remain anonymous, and therefore your name will not be used in connection with this record.
Area police departments:
If you need emotional support or guidance, you may choose to speak with one of SMC’s confidential resources or community-based confidential resources. Confidential resources can provide survivors with information about support services and their options. Because of the confidential nature of these resources, disclosing information to or seeking advice from a confidential resource does not constitute a report or complaint to the college.
If you experience sexual assault/misconduct, you are likely to have many concerns and questions, including what your options are for reporting and responding to the incident. Friends and family members may have strong feelings about what you should do, but there is no right or wrong way to respond. Members of the SMC community who believe they have experienced sexual assault have the right to choose whether or not to report the incident to law enforcement and/or pursue a sexual assault/misconduct complaint with SMC.
Whatever you choose, it is important that you do what makes you comfortable.
There are a number of reporting options available to you. It is important to understand that choosing one option does not preclude you from pursuing another option now or in the future.
Information on reporting options can be found in the Confidentiality and Reporting section.
Additional information about what happens after a report is made can be found in the SMC Policy section.
Regardless of whether an individual decides to make a report, SMC strongly encourages individuals who have experienced sexual assault/misconduct to preserve evidence to the greatest extent possible, as this will maintain all options for them in the future. More information can be found under Preserving Evidence. make this statement the link back to this section LEARN ABOUT TITLE IX/FAQ/What should I do about preserving evidence of a sexual assault?
Specific Forms of Sexual Violence
Interim protective measures are reasonable measures SMC can put in place to provide immediate support and added protection to an individual who has experienced sexual assault/misconduct.
Such measures include, but are not limited to:
- No-contact directives
- Adjustment of course schedules or workplace schedules
- Workplace relocation
- Time off from class or work, or a leave of absence
- Transportation arrangements
Interim protective measures can be made available regardless of whether an individual chooses to report an incident to SMC or law enforcement, and come with no cost to the individual. SMC will keep confidential any remedial interim measures provided, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the institution to provide remedial interim measures.
Students, staff and faculty seeking interim remedial measures should contact Lisa Winter, Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator for sexual assault/misconduct complaints: email@example.com or (310) 434-4225.
An individual who wishes for the details of an incident to remain confidential may speak with certain College officials who, by law, must maintain confidentiality and may not disclose the details of an incident, except as required by law. These officials are included as Confidential Resources.
Confidential Resources are available for individuals to discuss incidents and issues related to sexual assault/misconduct on a confidential basis. Confidential resources can provide individuals with information about support services and their options.
Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputies
SMC has designated a Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputies who oversee SMC’s compliance with Title IX. SMC’s designated Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputies oversee SMC’s compliance with Title IX, including coordinating the investigation of and response to sex discrimination complaints, responding to inquiries concerning Title IX, tracking incidents and trends involving sexual misconduct, coordinating equity in athletics compliance, publicizing SMC’s policies, and providing training on preventing sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
If you have a complaint involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, or if you have questions about SMC’s policies or procedures in these areas, please contact one of the Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinators or Title IX Deputies listed below.
Please Note: Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputies are not a confidential source of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. You can access confidential resources, please contact those services.
Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator
SMC Human Resources office
2714 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
Tel: (310) 434-4225
The Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator oversees SMC’s response to reports involving sexual assault/misconduct and sex discrimination, including the investigation and resolution of complaints and the provision of resources and protective measures. The Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator monitors complaints about patterns and systemic problems, disseminates data periodically to the community, and coordinates campus climate surveys on sexual misconduct. The Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator develops and implements policies, procedures, practices, and resources that further compliance with Title IX and related laws. The Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator oversees development and delivery of prevention and awareness programs related to sexual misconduct and sex discrimination and ensures that all members of the school community are aware of the University’s policies and resources. The Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator leads the efforts of the Title IX Deputies Coordinators and HR staff in the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office.
Title IX Deputies
Title IX Deputies can provide students faculty and staff with information on resources and options, procedures regarding sexual misconduct and sex discrimination and assists in the implementation of protective measures. They understand key policies related to compliance with Title IX and related laws. They conduct training and are involved in prevention measures related to Title IX issues.
Associate Dean, Health Sciences Department
Phone: (310) 434-3464
Dean, Instructional Services
Phone: (310) 434-8054
Project Manager, Workforce & Economic Development
Phone: (310) 434-8621
Dean, Workforce and Economic Development, CMD
Phone: (310) 434-4585
Phone: (310) 434-3780
Associate Dean, Student Life
Phone: (310) 434-8782
Tre’Shawn Hall Baker
Interim Dean of Human Resources
Phone: (310) 434-4170
Guardian Scholars Coordinator
Phone: (310) 434-4449
Associate Dean, International Education Center
Phone: (310) 434-3466
Director, Business Development and Small Business Support
Workforce and Economic Development Office
Phone: (310) 434-4119
Interim Vice President of Human Resources
Phone: (310) 434-4419
Director of Special Programs
EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, Guardian Scholars, DREAM Program
Phone: (310) 434-4435
Financial Aid and Scholarship Supervisor
Phone: (310) 434-4446
Director, Disabled Student Program and Services
Phone: (310) 434-4313
Associate Dean, Emeritus Campus
Phone: (310) 434-4370
Deirdre L. Weaver, M.S.
Director, Student & Alumni Relations
Phone: (310) 434-4791
Contacts at SMC for LGBT Campus Community
Vice President, Student Affairs
Phone: (310) 434-4958, (310) 434-4389
Academic Senate President
Assistant Professor of Art History
Phone: (310) 434-4062
Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (310) 434-4225
FAQ for a Survivor (Complainant)
Sexual assault is a crime of violence. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of all sexual assaults involve the use of weapons or the threat of violence or death. Rapists often look for potential victims who appear weak or vulnerable; however, anyone can be a victim of a sexual assault, regardless of behavior or appearance. Rape can happen to any person, anywhere or anytime. In a significant number of cases, the rapist is known to the victim.
Rape is not just an act committed in a dark alley by an assailant the victim has never met. Most rapes occur in the victim's home and about 60% of the victims who report their rape know their assailants. You can be aware without being afraid.
Some people believe that rapists are overcome with sexual desire or that the victim "asks for it" by the way they dress or act. Some people even believe that the victim wants to be raped. These ideas assume that rape is motivated by sexual desire. IT IS NOT! Rape is a crime of violence - a hostile act - and it is motivated by the perpetrator’s need to hurt and humiliate the victim. It is about power. In California, any form of sexual conduct carried out upon a person, against that person's will, is a crime. Any sexual penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the crime of rape. P.C. 261 & 263
Help Someone Else
If someone you know within the SMC community has experienced sexual assault/misconduct, we can help you help them. Sometimes, the most valuable advice comes from someone the individual already trusts. Whether you’re a friend, roommate, parent, or concerned member of our faculty or staff, we can point you to resources that you can share, as well as provide support for you through the process.
- Confirm the person’s safety. Ask the survivor, “Are you safe right now?” If they say no, help them create a plan to get to a safe place. Call 911 if necessary.
- Provide nonjudgmental support. Your role is not to determine whether or not something occurred. Your primary responsibility is to remain supportive of the survivor while referring the person to others who are trained in providing assistance and/or intervening.
Report, as required
The following types of employees are considered to be “responsible employees” who have responsibility for reporting allegations of sexual misconduct to the District’s Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator:
- Academic Administrators (including project managers)
- Classified Managers
- Department Chairs
Excluded employees: Employees of the Health Service Center, Ombuds Office, and Center for Wellness and Wellbeing shall not be designated as responsible employees to ensure that students have a mechanism to confidentially report incidents of sexual misconduct.
Responsible employees do not have any responsibility to verify or gather facts about alleged sexual misconduct and should refrain from doing so. However, responsible employees must report any details that they observe or hear about to the District’s Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator. This section is not intended to negate the mandatory reporting responsibilities required under any other provision of law such as California’s child abuse reporting law.
If you are required to report the incident, explain your reporting responsibilities to the person who has disclosed the information to you.
If the incident involves alleged sexual assault/misconduct by a student, faculty member, staff member, or a third party, contact the Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator Lisa Winter, at 310.434.4225 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQ for Alleged Accused (Respondent )
If you have been accused of sexual misconduct, do not contact the victim/survivor (Complainant). You may want to speak with someone in the campus community who can act as a support person. Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator, or Title IX Deputy, can explain the college’s grievance procedures for addressing sexual misconduct complaints. You may also want to seek confidential counseling through the Center for Wellness and Wellbeing or seek support through off-campus services in the community.
If the respondent is another SMC student, you may contact the Dean of Students Deyna Hearn, at (310) 434-4220, Hearn_Deyna@smc.edu or the Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Winter, at (310) 434-4225, Winter_Lisa@smc.edu and that individual can begin an investigation into the assailant’s violation of the Rules for Student Conduct.
If the respondent is an SMC faculty or staff member, you may contact the Director of Human Resources Tre’Shawn Hall Baker at (310) 433 4219, or Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Winter, at (310) 434-4225,
Pregnancy and Parenting
SMC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for pregnant and parenting students. Title IX makes it illegal to discriminate because of sex, which includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, or related conditions, including recovery. The law against sex discrimination covers all aspects of an educational program. This includes school-sponsored extracurricular activities and internships, athletics, financial aid and scholarships, career counseling, and lab and clinical work.
Title IX also ensures the right to take medically necessary leave and to be free of harassment, intimidation, or other discrimination because of pregnancy-related conditions. Further, any rules concerning parental, family, or marital status may not apply differently based on sex. For example, SMC cannot provide women with time to bond with or care for their children and not men.
Individuals must be allowed to take time off of school/work for pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, abortion and/or recovery for as long as their doctor says is medically necessary. That could mean a few absences for necessary medical appointments, or a longer leave of absence for a high-risk pregnancy or childbirth. This rule applies even if taking medically necessary leave would require an absence for longer than the school’s leave policy ordinarily allows. Students cannot be penalized for taking leave and must be able to return to school in the same status they held before taking leave.
Students and Employees may request reasonable accommodations as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary based on the individual’s circumstances but may include: academic accommodations and flexibility (such as breaks during class, excused absences, rescheduling of tests, extensions of deadlines, and alternatives to make up missed work); leaves of absences or changes in work schedules.
Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act Pregnancy Rights under the California Fair Housing and Employment Act
For more information about pregnancy and parenting go to the following websites: OCR Dear Colleague Letter and Handbook Title IX at the U.S. Department of Education and The Pregnant Scholar
Immigrant and International Students
While many students who study in the U.S. understand English well, during a time of trauma and stress, they may benefit from a document that is available in their native language, that will assist them to understand about the specific resources available at SMC and within our community.