Title IX: Sexual Harassment

COVID-19 FAQ – Title IX Office

May I report Title IX-related incidences while the campus is closed?

Yes. Students may still report incidences of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the Title IX Office. Depending on the details, the Title IX Office will discuss reporting options, confidential support options, and interim measures available to the student. There are 2 options to notify the Title IX Office:

Anne Chua, Title IX Investigator/Manager

Reporting online:

Will Title IX investigations continue while the campus is closed?

Yes. All complaints and ongoing investigations will continue as prescribed in Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5404. The Title IX Office will continue to schedule appointments with students through zoom conferencing or telephonically.

What should I do to preserve evidence while the Health & Wellness Center is closed?

Physical evidence of a sexual assault must be collected from the victim’s person within 72 hours, though evidence can often be obtained from towels, sheets, clothes, etc. for much longer periods of time.

If you believe you have been a victim of a sexual assault, please visit a medical facility capable of collecting medical/legal evidence in cases of sexual assault, and has specially trained staff to do so before washing yourself or your clothing. Anaheim Regional Medical Center (714-774-1450) is the only hospital in Orange County that performs sexual assault exams. You can also contact your local law enforcement agency or a crisis hotline for assistance. Having the evidence collected in this manner will help keep all your options open, but will not obligate you to any course of action. Collecting evidence can assist authorities in pursuing criminal charges if you decide to later.

If you have changed clothing since the assault, bring the clothing you had on at the time of the assault to the hospital in a clean, sanitary container such as a clean paper grocery bag or wrapped in a clean sheet (plastic containers do not breathe, and may render evidence useless). If you have not changed clothes, bring a change of clothes, if possible, as authorities will likely keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence.

May I file a complaint if the incident occurred off campus?

If you were sexually assaulted off campus, contact the local police department where the incident took place. The local police department will have jurisdiction over the matter.

You may also contact the Title IX Office to discuss support options, such as academic accommodations, campus resources available virtually, and community resources. If you need confidential support, the Health and Wellness Center has virtual options to access their staff psychologist.

If the alleged-perpetrator is an Irvine Valley College student, and you wish to file a complaint against him/her/them, contact Anne Chua, Title IX Investigator/Manager, 949-451-5231 or achua4@ivc.edu, to discuss the complaint process.

If the alleged-perpetrator is a student from another college, contact Anne Chua, Title IX Investigator/Manager, 949-451-5231 or achua4@ivc.edu, for assistance in reporting to the other college.

May I file a complaint against faculty or staff during this closure?

Yes. If the incident involves an Irvine Valley College faculty or staff, contact Karen Dubert, District Director of Employee Relations and Title IX Compliance, 949-726-5819 or kdubert@socccd.edu

What resources are available while the campus is closed?

Students may seek support options through campus or off site.

For community support options, please refer to the link on the Irvine Valley College website: http://www.ivc.edu/policies/titleix/Pages/resources.aspx

For confidential support, students may also contact the Health and Wellness Center’s (“HWC”) remote options below:

Ask a Nurse: 949-451-5687
HWC Telephone: 949-451-5221
Video Phone: 949-333-0260

For Title IX academic accommodations, please contact the Title IX Office (949) 451-5231 or achua4@ivc.edu.