Cabrillo College encourages everyone to report all forms of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct to the College and/or the police. Making a report means telling someone in a position of authority what happened – this can be online, in person, over the phone, or in an email.
Contact the Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Officer or submit a completed form to report an incident now.
Who Can File a Report?
Anyone (students, faculty, staff, general public) can report gender-based discrimination or sexual misconduct to the College. It does not matter if you were personally involved in an incident or if you witnessed something happening to someone else. Cabrillo College follows a See Something, Say Something, Do Something model. This means we expect community members to look out for each other and report misconduct that affects all members of our campus community.
When Should I File a Report?
You should report incidents of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct as soon as possible. While it is never too late to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, or dating or domestic violence, it is much easier to conduct a thorough investigation if a report is made in a timely manner. Reporting instances of sexual misconduct as soon as possible allows the College to help you (and other affected parties) connect with valuable support services.
Where Should I File My Report?
You have the choice to report sexual misconduct to the College, or the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department, Cabrillo Division. You can file a report with the College and still decline to file a report with local law enforcement agencies. If you are unsure of where to file your report, contact the College's Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Officer to discuss your reporting options, and help you file a report with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department if you so desire. Report all instances of of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment to the Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Officer. Learn more about your reporting options HERE.
Filing a Report with the College
To file a formal complaint with the College, fill out the form here. Any information you share with the Title IX Team will be kept private, and shared only on a need-to-know basis. When you file a report with the College, the Title IX/Civil Rights Compliance Officer will meet with you to review all of your options. The Title IX Coordinator may help with changes to your academics, work, and transportation conditions. They may also implement other interim protective measures to make sure participating in a case resolution does not affect your access to education.
Filing a Report with the Sheriff's Office
You can report instances of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department, Cabrillo Division in person or over the phone. If you choose not to report the incident immediately to the police, you can still make a report at a later date.
Office Location: Building 1185 (Located in Aptos on the lower campus near the soccer fields)
Office Hours: By appointment only due to COVID-19
Dispatch Phone: (831) 471-1121
Sherriff's Office Phone: (831) 479-6314
Emergency: 9-1-1 (24 hours)
Filing a Report with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination may also file a formal grievance with the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Contact information for the San Francisco branch of the Office of Civil Rights is listed below:
San Francisco Office
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1813
Fax: (415)486-5570; TDD: (800)877-8339
Will My Report be Confidential?
Cabrillo College recognizes that the desire for privacy can play a key role in deciding whether to report gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. While your information will always be kept private, meaning it will only ever be shared on a need-to-know basis, not all College employees can promise to keep the information you share with them confidential.
All responsible Cabrillo College employees (except for confidential Student Health Services counselors) are required to report information regarding sexual misconduct involving Cabrillo students or employees. They share this information with the Title IX Coordinator so that the incident may be resolved in a prompt and equitable manner under Cabrillo College's resolution procedures.
When you file a report with the college, you may request confidentiality and/or that the Title IX coordinator provide you with remedies and resources without initiating a formal resolution process. The Title IX Coordinator will weigh requests for confidentiality against the institutional need to address and remedy discrimination under Title IX. The College will be able to respect your wishes, unless it believes there is a threat to the community based on the use of weapons, violence, pattern, predation, or threatening conduct by the person being accused.