Title IX

Central Arizona College Title IX

What is Title IX?

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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Central Arizona College is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex (gender), including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship (dating and domestic) violence, and stalking. Central Arizona College provides resources and reporting options to students, faculty, and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and college policy.

Central Arizona College (CAC) is committed to eliminating sexual harassment and sexual violence. Spring semesters, we submitted a Sexual Assault-Conduct and Campus Climate Survey. The survey is designed with the purpose of assessing the knowledge, perceptions, and experience of CAC students in relation to sexual assault, other sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, stalking and other conduct that creates a sexually hostile environment. The office of Institutional Research administered the survey between May 10 and May 25. Which will allow for the Office of Title IX Compliance to prepare strategic goals related to Title IX.

COVID-19 Update:

Dear Members of Central Arizona College-

As of Monday, May 3rd, 2021 all CAC campus locations are open to the public. Services are available in-person and will continue to be offered remotely. We would like to remind members of our community that maintaining an academic program free from discrimination and violence remains a high priority. Members of the community should be aware of the following points:

The Title IX office remains open and functioning at all times. Anyone impacted by discrimination or harassment/sexual misconduct is encouraged to contact Title IX Office using one of the methods listed below to make a report or discuss their options. Investigations will be conducted either in-person or remotely, and remedies provided, to assure that any discriminatory behaviors are addressed promptly.

Contact Title IX Coordinator
File a report online here.
Via email: titleix@centralaz.edu
Phone: 520-494-5106 or 520-840-1175

College policies regulate behavior that occurs between members of the campus community, but also apply to online and virtual activities. Any behavior that is prohibited by policy is also likely prohibited online, including forms of cyber-harassment, cyber-bullying, and cyber-stalking. Members of the community are expected to maintain a tone of civility and respect in online classes just as they would if they were in class physically.

It’s On Us

The It’s On Us campaign is a program of the Center for American Progress, in partnership with the White House council on Women and Girls, and the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. It’s on Us aims to change the way everyone thinks about sexual assault. Instead of viewing it as something that happens only between one victim and one offender, It’s On Us wants everyone to know they have a role to play in preventing sexual assault and raise awareness around rape culture.

Dates to Remember:

February: Dating Violence Awareness Month

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

June: LGBTQ+ Awareness Month

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Central Arizona College affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise. All policies below are subject to resolution using the College’s Equity Resolution Team (ERP). When the responding party is a member of the College community, the ERP is applicable regardless of the status of the reporting party who may be a member or non-member of the campus community, including students, student organizations, faculty, administrators, staff, guests, visitors, campers, etc.

Title IX Policy

Title IX Procedure

Mandatory Title IX Syllabus Statement

Office Of Civil Rights

What You Need to Know About the New Title IX Regulations

2020 – 2021 Student Handbook & Code of Conduct


Dating Violence Brochure

Domestic Violence Brochure

Multicultural Survivor Brochure


On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”), which focuses of improving the criminal justice response to violence against women. VAWA enhanced accountability for Colleges to educate students and prevent gender based violence. Additional rights were afforded to campus victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Central Arizona College is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of our campus community are safe, secure and free from sexual misconduct of any form, including but not limited to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The college expects all interpersonal relationships and interactions to be grounded upon mutual respect, open communications and clear consent.

Central Arizona College will present primary prevention and awareness programs for new students and new employees, in addition to on-going awareness campaigns related to prevention of sexual assault dating violence, domestic violence and stalking for all students and employees.

The See something/Say something was chosen as the bystander intervention program to educate students on ways to proactively help others while ensuring their own safety and well-being.

Training for all college employees and students will be provided on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assaults and stalking. This training will be based on the requirements under VAWA, Title IX and the Clery Act.

Central Arizona College strongly encourages all individuals to report incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to college officials. Individuals may report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator, Laura Shepherd, Signal Peak Campus, Office M-102I, (520) 494-5106/(520) 840-1175, titleix@centralaz.edu; or to any

Officials with Authority (OWA):     College President;     College Vice Presidents;     College Deans;     Executive Directors;     Law enforcement;     Athletic Director.

The college will provide resources to support persons who have been victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Click here to view the available resources.

Central Arizona College will provide programs that promote awareness and avert domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus and in our community. Initial programming will be directed at all new students and employees, followed by on-going programs directed to all students and employees in culturally relevant training including:

• Awareness programming on dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.

• Risk-reduction strategies designed to promote healthy behaviors/relationships and recognize early warning signs of abusive behavior.

• Prevention programs to avert acts of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

• Safe and positive Bystander intervention education and training.

• On-going college prevention and awareness campaigns.

The key concepts to promote awareness and avert domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus and in our community can contact Laura Shepherd, Title IX Coordinator at (520) 494-5106 or titleix@centralaz.edu.

Sex Needs a New Metaphor

“For some reason,” says educator Al Vernacchio, “the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball — scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that’s more about shared pleasure, discussion and agreement, fulfillment and enjoyment. Let’s talk about … pizza.”

*This talk was presented at an official TED conference.


Safehouse is a collaboration between, Title IX, Dean of Student Life and Residential Housing. The program provides short-term housing assistance to students who are unexpectedly displaced from their homes. Students must meet with the Title IX Coordinator for a basic needs assessment and may qualify for up to 14 days in the residence halls. All applicants interested in more information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleix@centralaz.edu.


In recognizing that basic needs are a significant part of a student’s wellness and ability to accomplish timely graduation. Through the emergency housing initiative, we hope to provide support to students who are housing displaced during the semester. Student emergency housing is a short-term crisis support and not designed to be a permanent solution. Emergency housing is offered for up to 14 days during the Fall and Spring semesters only. Acceptance to emergency housing is based on availability in our resident’s halls, and applications are subject to review by the Resident Life Director. Students who qualify and are approved to utilize emergency housing must abide by all existing rules and regulations of resident halls, no exceptions. At this time, safe housing in the resident halls is limited to individuals; we are not able to accommodate families or pets. Conduct history will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Participants in the Safehouse program will be required to meet with the Title IX coordinator on a weekly basis to develop a plan for improving the crisis situation and to further support the student in their graduation goals.

Student Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled at Central Arizona College. The student must be in need of emergency housing due to a Title IX concern (VAWA/Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner relationship violence). The student must be able to demonstrate their qualifying emergency. Supporting documentation is helpful if possible (police report, incident report, referral by CAC employee).

Application Process:

  1. Complete Application Form with supporting documentation (proof of enrollment).
  2. Turn into Title IX Coordinator at titleix@centralaz.edu.
  3. If accepted, you will meet with the Resident Life Director and begin their application process. Please note: you will be held to the same rules and regulations as all students who reside in resident life.

Selection: You will be notified by the Title IX Coordinator of your approval to have emergency housing.

Questions may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Student Life 520-494-5345.


Warning Signs

Being able to tell the difference between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships can be more difficult than you would think. No two relationships are the same, so what’s unhealthy in one relationship may be abusive in another. Although there are many signs to pay attention to in a relationship, look for these common warning signs of dating abuse:

With permission from Break The Cycle in an effort to inspire and support young adults to build healthy relationships and create a society without abuse.

Because EVERYONE deserves to be in a healthy, loving and caring relationship.

Active Bystander

Central Arizona College encourages all members of the Community to be Active Bystanders against sexual violence.

Learn to recognize the signs of danger and develop plans to keep each other safe. Commit to being an Active Bystander.

Take a Healthy Relationship Quiz

Have a plan.
Talk with your friends about your plans BEFORE you go out. Do you feel like drinking? Are you interested in hooking up? Where do you want to go? Having a clear plan ahead of time helps friends look after one another.

Go out together.
Go out as a group and come home as a group; never separate and never leave your friend(s) behind.

Watch out for others.
If you are walking at night with friends and notice a woman walking by herself in the same direction, ask her to join you so she doesn’t have to walk alone.

Diffuse situations.
If you see a friend coming on too strong to someone who may be too drunk to make a consensual decision, interrupt, distract, or redirect the situation. If you are too embarrassed or shy to speak out, get someone else to step in.

Trust your instincts.
If a situation or person doesn’t seem “right” to you, trust your gut and remove yourself, if possible, from the situation.

Bringing in the Bystander® is a registered trademark of the University of New Hampshire on behalf of Prevention Innovations.

What can my friends and I do to be safe?
Take care of each other. Remember these tips when you are out…

Be aware of your surroundings.

Do I recognize that someone needs help?

See yourself as being part of the solution to help.

Educate yourself on what to do.

Take action but be sure to keep yourself safe.

Being with others is a good idea when a situation looks dangerous.

Provide options and a listening ear.

Drinks accidentally spilled, emergency phone call or text. (Circle of 6)

Make sure that they get home safely.

Call the police (911) or someone else in authority or yell for help. CAC PD, Faculty, Staff and CAC employee.

Circle of 6 

The Circle of 6 app fast, easy-to-use and private. It was designed for college students to prevent sexual violence; we also know it’s handy for teenagers, parents, friends, or all communities seeking to foster healthy relationships and safety. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two taps lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 people you choose. It’s the mobile way to look out for each other on campus or when you’re out for the night. A simple tool to prevent violence before it happens. Circle of 6 Instructions.


Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (sex). Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating or domestic) violence, intimate partner violence (IPV), cybercrimes (bullying, harassing) and stalking.

You can learn more by contacting the Title Title IX Coordinator, Laura Shepherd, Signal Peak Campus, office M-102I; (520) 494-5106/(520) 840-1175; titleix@centralaz.edu or you may visit centralaz.edu/title-ix.

Notice or complaints of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation may be made using any of the following options:

  1. File a complaint with, or give verbal notice to, the Title IX Coordinator or Officials with Authority. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or email address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator or any other official listed. This information can be found on the Central Arizona College website: centralaz.edu/title-ix.
  1. Report online, using the reporting form. Anonymous reports are accepted but can give rise to a need to investigate. Central Arizona College tries to provide supportive measures to all Complainants, which is more limited or may be impossible with an anonymous report. Since anonymous reporting carries no obligation to initiate a formal response and since Central Arizona College respects a Complainant’s requests to dismiss complaints, unless there is a compelling threat to health and/or safety, the Complainant is largely in control and should not fear a loss of privacy.

If a Complainant would like the details of an incident to be kept confidential, the Complainant may speak with: The Director of the Ombudsman Program (CAC’s only Confidential Resource).

Off-campus (non-employees):

  • ·Licensed professional counselors and other medical providers
  • ·Local rape crisis counselors
  • ·Domestic violence resources
  • ·Local or state assistance agencies
  • ·Clergy/Chaplains
  • ·Attorneys

The Ombudsman Program provides anonymous statistical information for Clery Act purposes unless they believe it would be harmful to the student or College employee.

Central Arizona College will act on any formal or informal notice/complaint of violation of the Title IX Sexual Harassment policy (“the Policy”) that is received by the Title IX Coordinator or any other Official with Authority by applying these procedures.

Upon receipt of a complaint or notice to the Title IX Coordinator of an alleged violation of the Title IX Policy, Central Arizona College will initiate a prompt initial assessment to determine the next steps. Central Arizona College will initiate at least one of three responses:

  1. Offering supportive measures because the Complainant does not want to proceed formally;
  2. Offering supportive measures and initiating an informal resolution; or
  3. Offering supportive measures and initiating a Formal Grievance Process including an investigation and a hearing to determine whether or not the Policy has been violated.

Central Arizona College will offer and implement appropriate and reasonable supportive measures to the parties upon notice of alleged harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.

Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the parties to restore or preserve access to Central Arizona College’s education program or activity, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties, Central Arizona College’s educational environment, and/or deter sexual harassment and/or retaliation.

The Title IX Coordinator shall make supportive measures available to the parties upon receiving notice or a complaint. At the time that supportive measures are offered, Central Arizona College will inform the Complainant, in writing, that they may file a formal complaint with Central Arizona College either at that time or in the future, if they have not done so already. The Title IX Coordinator works with the Complainant to ensure that their wishes are considered with respect to the planned and implemented supportive measures.

Central Arizona College will maintain the privacy of the supportive measures, provided that maintaining privacy does not impair Central Arizona College’s ability to provide the supportive measures. Central Arizona College will act to ensure as minimal an academic impact on the parties as possible. Central Arizona College will implement measures in a way that does not unreasonably burden the other party.

These actions may include, but are not limited to:

  • ·Referral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services
  • ·Referral to the Employee Assistance Program
  • ·Referral to community-based service providers
  • ·Student financial aid counseling
  • ·Altering work arrangements for employees or student-employees
  • ·Altering campus housing assignments
  • ·Safety planning
  • ·Providing campus safety escorts
  • ·Implementing contact limitations (no contact orders) between the parties
  • ·Academic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/program-related adjustments
  • ·Trespass orders
  • ·Timely warnings under the Clery Act
  • ·Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
  • ·Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus
  • ·Any other actions deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator

Violations of no contact orders will be referred to appropriate student or employee conduct processes for enforcement.

Per the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, students will not be discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy. This includes discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.

Your school must excuse your absences due to pregnancy or any related conditions for as long as your doctor says it is necessary for you to be absent. When you return to school, you must be reinstated to the status you held before your leave. The school may require you to submit a doctor’s note only if that is required of students with other medical conditions.

Title IX requires schools to prevent and address sex-based harassment, including harassment based on pregnancy. If you experience this sort of treatment at school, you should seek help immediately. The law prohibits the school from retaliating against you for making a complaint or raising a concern.

Your school must leave it up to you and your doctor to decide when you can return to continue your studies. In addition, the school cannot have a rule that prohibits students from returning to classes for a set period of time after childbirth.

For questions and/or any concerns, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Laura Shepherd (520) 494-5106 or titleix@centralaz.edu.

Information from National Women’s Law Center www.nwlc.org.



All members of the Title IX team (Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Decision-makers, and Advisors) receive annual training on the following topics:
1. The definition of sexual harassment in § 106.30,
2. The scope of CAC’s education program or activity
3. Issues of relevance, including how to apply rape shield provisions
4. The grievance process including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes
5. How to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias

In addition, Title IX Coordinators receive training on:
1. How to use the Title IX Notice and Communication Templates

In addition, Decision-makers receive training on:
1. The technology to be used at a live hearing
2. Issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about the complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant
In addition, Investigators receive training on:
1. Issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence, as set forth in paragraph (b)(5)(vii) of this section
2. How to conduct a fair and neutral investigation

In addition, Advisors receive training on:
1. The role of a Title IX Advisor and how they can serve their Advisees

All materials used to train the members of the Title IX team (Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Decision-makers, and Advisors)
1. Do not rely on sex stereotypes, and
2. Promote impartial investigations and adjudications of formal complaints of sexual harassment

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