Title IX Resources
If you are a victim of discrimination based on your sex or gender expression, or of sexual misconduct you have options. You may contact either (or both) of the following:
- Taft College Campus Safety or
- Taft Police Department
Campus personnel will assist a complainant in filing a police report and assist students in notifying law enforcement authorities, if the victim requests the assistance of these employees. The victim may also decline to notify such authorities.
Reporting to Campus Safety and/or local police is an option at any time. If you choose not to report to the police immediately following a sexual violence incident, you can still make the report at a later time. However, with the passage of time, the ability to gather evidence to assist with criminal prosecution may be limited. Depending on the circumstances, the police may be able to obtain a criminal restraining order on your behalf.
You may report to the campus Title IX Coordinator, who will provide you with written and verbal information regarding applicable District complaint procedures for investigating and addressing the incident. The Title IX Coordinator will also provide you with information regarding resources available to you, as well as information regarding your rights and options.
In order to reduce or eliminate negative impact on you and provide you with available assistance, the campus Title IX Coordinator will discuss with reasonable interim remedies the District may offer prior to conclusion of an investigation or potential disciplinary action. Examples include: adjustment to work assignments, course schedules or supervisory reporting relationship; requiring the accused to move from District-owned or affiliated housing; immediately prohibiting the accused from coming to the campus; or prohibiting the accused from contacting the parties involved in the reported incident.
These options may be available to you whether or not you choose to report the sexual violence to campus public safety or law enforcement. The Title IX Coordinator remains available to assist you and provide you with reasonable remedies requested by you throughout the reporting, investigative, and disciplinary processes, and thereafter.
District Policies and Administrative Regulations
- District Harassment/Sexual Harassment (BP 3430)
- Nondiscrimination (BP 3410)
- Equal Employment Opportunity (BP 3420)
- District Equal Employment Opportunity Plan
- Demographic Data
- Commitment to Diversity (BP 7100)
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs, including athletic programs, or activities that receive federal funding.
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.
Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.
Suggested Resources & Links
- CollegeBoard: Advocacy & Diversity Collaborative
- Harvard University: Implicit Bias Tests
- Human Rights Campaign
- Museum of Tolerance
- UC Berkeley: Multicultural Education Program (Instructor Tools)
Moving Beyond Diversity to Racial Equity
To actualize racial equity, it is incumbent upon us to determine how to use our positions of privilege, influence and power to transform lives through education, particularly for our racially minoritized and marginalized students and community. We cannot talk about equity without talking about inequality. We cannot talk about inclusion without talking about oppression. We cannot say we are committed to equity and be afraid to have an open dialogue about structural racism. We cannot talk about structural racism without talking about anti-racism.
Take a more critical look at what informs your worldview by exploring these Anti-Racism Resources.
- Envisioning Higher Education as Antiracist
- Racism in Universities is a Systemic Problem
- Addressing Racist Microaggressions
- How to Respond to Microaggressions
- Is Your Company Actually Fighting Racism or Just Talking About It
- U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism
- Toward a Racially Just Workplace
- Hiring Discrimination Against Black Americans Hasn’t Declined in 25 Years
- The Case for an Anti-Racist Stance Toward Paying Off Higher Education’s Racial Debt
- Making American Higher Education Just
- First-Generation Equity Practitioners: Are They Part of the Problem?
- Five Principles for Enacting Equity by Design
- People Suffer at Work When They Can’t Discuss the Racial Bias They Face Outside of It
- Tips for Discussing Racial Injustice in the Workplace
- Code of Ethics for White Anti-Racists
- For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies
Websites and Tookits
- National Juvenile Justice Network Anti-Racist Organizational Development
- Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Californians for the Arts
- Racial Equity Tools
- Black Minds Matter Public Course
- The Difference Between Being Not Racist and Antiracist
- How to Be an Antiracist
- Advice for White People From Anti-Racism Trainer
- Tim Wise: Higher Education’s Urgent Imperative to Become Antiracist
- Diversity Training Isn’t Enough: Racism, Trauma and Justice
- How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
- Confronting Racism in Higher Education
- How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time
- Why I, as a black man, attend KKK Rallies
- Making American Higher Education Just
- Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
- Responding Racial Bias and Microaggressions in Online Environments
- Employing Equity-Minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching Practices in Virtual Learning Communities
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Di Angelo and Michael Eric Dyson
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindess by John Lewis and Michael D’Orso
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, Ph.D.
- The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
- Choke Hold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler
- Engaging the Race Question in U.S. Higher Education by Alicia C. Dowd and Estela Mara Bensimon
- From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education by Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
- Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele
- Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation by Derald Wing Sue
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- California Code of Regulations
- California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office – Equal Employment Opportunity
- California Department of Education: Equal Opportunity & Access
- Department of Education: Title IX and Sex Discrimination
- Department of Fair Employment and Housing
- Department of Labor: Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Office of Civil Rights