USK has a responsibility to respond quickly and effectively to address sexual misconduct and any other conduct that is motivated by sex or gender that creates a hostile environment for USK students. USK is committed to prevention of all forms of sexual misconduct as well as the protection and rehabilitation of victims of such acts. Gender-based misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:
All forms of relationship violence
Any misconduct where someone is targeted because of sex or gender.
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX reads as the following:
“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 of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)
For more information, please see USK’s official gender-based misconduct policy.
DUTY TO REPORT
All faculty and staff play a crucial role in helping create a campus culture at USK where gender-based violence of any kind is not tolerated. As a campus community, we are committed to education, training and services that encourage healthy, safe and respectful relationships. At USK, we desire to go beyond compliance with federal laws concerning gender-based violence, and we aspire to provide a survivor-friendly environment.
As part of this commitment, all faculty and staff who become aware of incidences of relationship violence, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and stalking are required to notify the university.
Faculty and staff are responsible for informing students of their duty to notify the university.
To view the Faculty & Staff Mandatory Reporter Policy, click here.
WHAT IS COVERED?
This policy applies to all members of the USK community. The USK community includes current undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty, administration and any third parties interacting with students, staff, faculty or administration of USK. The policy covers members of the USK community regardless of age, race or gender.
This policy covers all activities that occur on USK’s campus or at its facilities and regional campuses or extension sites, as well as activities off campus where members of the USK community are involved. It covers all relationships, including but not limited to student with student, student with staff and faculty, student with administration, student with third parties, staff and faculty with staff and faculty, staff and faculty with administration, staff and faculty with third parties, administration with administration and administration with third parties. It covers all USK-related programs and events, both on and off campus, including international programs.
OPTIONS FOR REPORTING
Title IX Coordinator
Faculty or Staff Member
Online reporting form – see below
Confidential resources are also available to discuss incidents that have occurred without a report being submitted to the Title IX Coordinator. The following are University resources where such confidentiality can be ensured:
Mental health professional
Sara A. Galbraith, Psy.D, Clinical Psychologist, Lic # PSY26376
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Khouria Christina Reimann, MA, MED, CADAC II
Fr. John Reimann
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coordinator
Other than these confidential resources, other faculty and staff are required to report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator. If a reporter is unsure how private or confidential a staff or faculty member can keep a report, the reporter should ask prior to disclosure. Faculty and staff are expected to respond honestly and identify alternative resources if needed.
NON RETALIATION, INTIMIDATION & COERCION
It is critically important that everyone in the USK community feels free to report information that helps to ensure the safety and well-being of the community. The university will make every effort to ensure that no person will be subject to any adverse action (either by the university or by another person or group) because they report what they honestly believe to be sexual misconduct.
No individual who makes a complaint alleging a violation of this policy or who participates in the investigation or resolution of such a complaint will be subject to retaliation as a result of such activity of participation. Retaliation exists when action is taken against a participant in the investigation and resolution process that
Adversely affects the individual’s opportunity to benefit from the university’s programs or activities.
Is motivated in whole or in part by the individual’s participation in the investigation and resolution process.
In addition, any acts of retaliation by any faculty, staff, administrator or student taken against a reporting party, reported victim, witness or other individual following and in response to the reporting or investigation of an allegation of sexual misconduct will be considered to be a serious violation of the community standards and will result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal for students and termination of employment for faculty and staff. Retaliation may constitute a violation of this policy even when the initial report does not result in a finding of responsibility.
Also, no officer, employee or agent of the university may retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce or otherwise discriminate against any individual for reporting an incident to the university or otherwise exercising their rights or responsibilities in the conduct process in good faith. Any individual who experiences retaliation by a member of the university community is encouraged to report such conduct directly to the Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX Coordinator
Alyssa Ramos, MBA
760.471.1316 x 304
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX compliance and the prevention of harassment and discrimination at the university, including coordination of training, education, communication and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the university community. Alyssa Ramos is responsible for Title IX compliance in matters involving students, faculty, staff and visitors, including training, education, communication and investigation of complaints. If you have questions or concerns related to Title IX, you should contact USK’s Title IX Coordinator.
OFF-CAMPUS CONFIDENCE RESOURCES
Rape Crisis Hotline 877.688.5077
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
Safe Helpline 877.995.5247
National Stalking Resource Center 800.FYI.CALL
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence 916.444.7163
San Diego County Resources
911 – Emergency or Life-threatening Situations
San Diego Hospitals Providing Sexual Assault Services
Balboa Naval Medical
(Military Personnel and Military Dependents Only)
Center for Community Solutions – Rape Crisis Services
24/7 confidential counseling and forensic examinations
4508 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109-4919
San Diego County Sheriff Domestic Violence Resources
An employee or student may always file a complaint with the following:
U.S. Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights 800.421.3481
Office of Civil Rights 800.368.1019
“It’s On Us”
A public awareness and education campaign launched in 2014, “It’s On Us” aims to engage college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault. The campaign reflects the belief that sexual assault isn’t just an issue involving a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but one in which the rest of us have a role to play. Click here to learn more.
Know Your IX – Empowering Students to Stop Sexual Violence
Not Alone – Together to Stop Sexual Assault