Our commitment to you
Contra Costa College is committed to the important laws and policies enacted in recent years that seek to ensure a more efficient and fair system for all parties in cases of sexual harassment and sexual violence. We are also committed to creating a culture and environment that is safe and free from violence and harassment. Please click on the headings below to learn more about Title IX at CCC.
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal law (Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, Title 20, U.S. Code, Chapter 38, Sections 1681 – 1686) prohibiting discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance, in the college’s programs or activities, employment, academic, educational, extracurricular and athletic activities (both on and off campus) on the basis of sex.
The law states that “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.” The amendment in 1987 expanded the definition of program or activity to include all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity or private employer that receives federal funds.
Although Title IX is primarily known for advancing equity in women’s sports, it provides federal civil rights that forbid sex discrimination in all college student services and academic programs, including but not limited to: admissions, financial aid, counseling and career guidance, athletics, other support services, courses, grading, discipline, employment and training for employment. Title IX protections apply to all members of the campus community, individuals using the college facilities and individuals doing business with the college.
Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion. Title IX requires institutions to take necessary steps to prevent sexual assault on their campuses and to respond promptly and effectively when an assault is reported.
To ensure an effective and timely response to complaints of sexual violence, discrimination or harassment, all educational institutions are required to designate a Title IX coordinator.
How can I reach the Title IX Coordinator to file a complaint?
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted or if you are in danger, call 911 and/or the Contra Costa College Police immediately, at 510.215.4858.
The Title IX Campus Coordinator is Jason Cifra, Interim Vice President of Student Services,
Student & Administration Building, Room 203
Phone: (510) 215-3836
Address: Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo, CA 94806.
Sexual violence or assault prevention and related policies
Information on sexual violence or assault prevention
The Keenan SafeColleges Training platform is an interactive online program designed to prevent sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking, while helping the campus meet SaVE Act and Title IX education mandates. The following courses are recommended for students:
- Sexual Violence Prevention for Community College Students
- Title IX Rights and Protections
- Brief video on Affirmative Consent
- Myths and Facts About Sexual Violence (adapted from Berkeley City College)
- Know Your Rights: Pregnant or Parenting? Title IX Protects You from Discrimination at School
Sexual and other assault policies
Resources and Community Services
- CCC Wellness Program
Free, confidential individual/specialized group therapy in a safe and welcoming environment to share feelings about the social and academic challenges that impact your health and home life.
- Confidential Student Assistance Program
Student Access Code: ccccdstudent
Can help with stress, anxiety, substance abuse, and much more. Must be enrolled in 6 units. Call toll free 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After being asked some basic questions, you will be given a list of therapists to call in the area.
- Contra Costa College Counseling Center
Counselors provide students with personal, career and academic support. We are here to help! We recommend that students meet with a counselor at least twice a semester to check in about your education plan, progress, and get helpful information. You can book appointments online, on the telephone, or in person.
- Contra Costa Crisis Center Hotline
The Contra Costa Crisis Center is a nonprofit organization, committed to provide free 24/7 services to everyone in need.
- Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR)
24 hour hotline for survivors of rape and sexual assault. Línea directa que brinda apoyo las 24 horas a las víctimas de violación y agresión sexual. Se habla Español.
- Domestic Violence & Stalking Restraining Orders
Contra Costa County Superior Court webpage with information on restratining orders.
- West County Family Justice Center (Richmond)
Serving families affected by sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, and child & elder abuse.
- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Office of Survivor and Victim Services
CDCR’s Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) is to give crime victims and their families a voice. OVSRS maintains a comprehensive victim services program and establishes justice practices to ensure crime victims and survivors are afforded the utmost respect in exercising their legal rights.
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Find social and legal services for victims and survivors of human trafficking