Gender Equity, Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
College of San Mateo (CSM) strives to create and maintain a community where all individuals
who participate in College programs and activities can work and learn together in
an atmosphere free from sex discrimination and sexual harassment.
This website is the CSM's resource for gender or sex-based discrimination and sexual misconduct awareness and reporting for students, employees, and visitors. Here, you will find the information and tools to keep your learning and work environment safe and enjoyable. We are committed to ensuring a safe setting for our community.
Gender and sex-based discrimination and sexual misconduct are serious offenses that violate fundamental rights and personal dignity. We offer numerous support and reporting options for victims of gender or sex-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. Even if you are not a victim, you can help by reporting such incidents.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination (sexual violence and gender-based harassment) in education programs and activities that receive federal funds.
Title IX and Board Policies 2.19 (Nondiscrimination) and 2.25 (Prohibition of Harassment) apply to allegations of sexual harassment that create a discriminatory and/or hostile environment that significantly affects a person's access to education, District benefits, and/or District activities.
Under Title IX, the allegations must be/have occurred on College property or through College-sponsored programs, including locations, events, or circumstances over which the College exercises substantial control over both the Respondent and the context in which the sexual misconduct occurred.
Non-Title IX, Sexual Misconduct
The College's Nondiscrimination and Prohibition of Harassment policies and procedures may apply to allegations of sexual misconduct that create a discriminatory or hostile environment that significantly affects a person's access to education, College benefits, and/or College activities that occur outside the scope of Title IX jurisdiction. If applies to face-to-face encounters, social media, and other forms of electronic and non-electronic communication.
Title IX Administrators will assist Complainants in understanding if their complaint falls under Title IX or other College policies.
The College Title IX Coordinator is an administrators with delegated authority from the Chancellor to receive and coordinate responses to gender or sex-based discrimination and sexual misconduct reports.
The College’s primary concern is your safety and the safety of our campus community. If you have been affected by or witnessed sexual misconduct, you should not be discouraged from reporting the incident because you are concerned that you might be subject to disciplinary action for related student conduct violations for drug or alcohol use. Unless the violation is extreme, the College will not discipline you.
Report to a Title IX Officer
The College has a Title IX Coordinator who takes reports of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, dating and domestic violence, stalking, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All reports made will be addressed in a timely and appropriate manner.
To report potential violations, contact the Title IX Coordinator, or you can file a complaint online.
Report to Public Safety
SMCCCD Public Safety: (650) 738-7000/ 24/7 dispatch to report on campus or near campus
** For an emergency requiring the police or fire department, dial 9-1-1**
Local Law Enforcement (police, sheriff)
Report incidents that occurred off campus to the appropriate local law enforcement agency for the location of the incident.
- San Mateo Police Department
- San Bruno Police Department
- Redwood City Police Department
- San Mateo Sheriff's Department
Both Local Law Enforcement and SMCCCD Public Safety will:
- Help you to obtain medical assistance
- Help you obtain Emergency Protective Orders, if appropriate
- Conduct a criminal investigation, if appropriate
- In the event of an arrest, help you obtain a court order to protect you
- Connect you with community support services
Information regarding a report submitted to the Title IX Officer shall only be shared with other College employees and law enforcement exclusively on a "need to know" basis. College employees shall endeavor to honor any Complainant's request for confidentiality; however, the College shall also weigh requests for confidentiality against its duty to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all campus community members. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.