In an Emergency 24/7
From any campus phone,
From a mobile phone,
call SMC dispatch
If off campus, call
Before a complainant reveals information that they may wish to keep confidential, a responsible employee should make every effort to ensure that the complainant understands: (1) the responsible employee's obligation to report the names of the alleged accused and complainant involved in the alleged sexual misconduct, as well as all other relevant facts, to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school officials; (2) the complainant's option to request that the school maintain their confidentiality, which the Title IX Coordinator or designee on behalf of the District will consider but cannot guarantee, and (3) the complainant's ability to share the information confidentially with the Health Service Center, Ombuds Office, and Center for Wellness and Wellbeing or with non-College entities that provide advocacy, health, mental health or sexual assault related services.
When the College becomes aware of sexual misconduct, the College may have an obligation to proceed with an investigation, regardless of a complainant's wishes to the contrary, in order to ensure the safety of the District community. Complainants are not required to participate; however, this may limit the District's ability to effectively respond to the incident.
If a complainant requests or insists that their name or other identifiable information not be disclosed to the alleged accused, the District will inform the complainant that honoring the request may limit the District's ability to respond fully to the incident, including pursuing disciplinary action against the alleged accused. The District will also explain that Title IX includes protections against retaliation, and that District officials will not only take steps to prevent retaliation but also take strong responsive action if it occurs, including without limitation, against any retaliatory actions taken by the District and District officials.
If the complainant continues to ask or insists that their name or other identifiable information not be revealed, the District will evaluate that request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment throughout the District. Thus, the District will weigh the request for confidentiality against the following factors: (1) the seriousness of the alleged harassment; (2) whether other students or employees are at risk; (3) the complainant's age; (4) whether there have been other similar complaints about the same individual; (5) whether there are other means of obtaining relevant evidence; and (6) the alleged accused rights to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by the school as an "education record" under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA").
Reporting to Police
Santa Monica College Police Department
SMC encourages individuals to report incidents of sexual misconduct to SMC Police or local police. Timely reporting to the police is an important factor in successful investigation and prosecution of crimes, including sexual violence crimes, and may lead to the arrest of an offender or aid in the investigation of other incidents.
An individual who has experienced sexual misconduct has the right to choose whether to file a police report. Filing a police report can result in the investigation of whether sexual violence or related crimes occurred and the prosecution of those crimes against a perpetrator. Reporting the incident to police or SMC Police Department does not mean an individual is obligated to testify in court.
The SMC Police Department has officers who are specially trained to work with individuals reporting sexual violence. Further, Campus Police has a written guarantee for sexual violence survivors that reflects its primary concern for survivors and emphasizes sensitivity and privacy. Campus Police can also assist in reviewing options with survivors and identifying and facilitating support resources related to:
- Seeking medical attention
- Seeking support, advocacy and counseling services
- Discussing legal options, including seeking protective orders from a court
- Options under the College's sexual misconduct investigation process
- Reports of sexual misconduct made to Campus Police will automatically be reported to the Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator regardless of whether the individual who experienced the sexual misconduct chooses to pursue criminal charges.
Chief of Police
Santa Monica Community College District
Santa Monica College Police Department
1718 Pearl St, Santa Monica CA 90405
Non-Emergency Calls: (310) 434-4608
Emergency Calls: (310) 434-4300
Reporting to the College
SMC has designated the Title IX Coordinator to oversee complaints of sexual misconduct at the College. An individual who has experienced sexual assault/misconduct has the right to choose whether to report the incident to SMC's Director of HR,
Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputy, or responsible SMC employee. At SMC the following types of employees are considered to be "responsible employees" who have responsibility for reporting allegations of sexual misconduct to the District's Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator:
Please call or email one of SMC Title IX Deputies to set up a meeting if you have a complaint involving sexual misconduct. You can also call for general information.
Please Note: the Director of HR, Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Deputies are not a confidential source of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
For confidential resources, please contact:
Once reported an investigator will contact you. They are specially trained to work with individuals who report sexual misconduct and have knowledge about on and off-campus resources, services, and options – including the availability of interim protective measures and accommodations.
Learn more about how reports of sexual misconduct are handled by reviewing the
Complaint Resolution Process.
You may also file a complaint about sexual misconduct using the appropriate links below. While anonymous complaints are accepted, the Colleges' ability to investigate and respond to anonymous complaints is limited.
To File a Report Electronically
Individuals may file report electronically by e-mail to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Human Resources at (310) 434-4415.
An immediate auto-response email with information about resources and options will be sent in response to reports filed electronically.
Individuals who wish to file an anonymous complaint by phone may do so by calling the
UTIP line: (310) 434-8847.
Individuals who wish to file a formal complaint may use this form to electronically file a report of sexual assault/misconduct with the Office of Human Resources:
Unlawful Discrimination Complaint Form.
Police are in the best position to secure evidence of a crime. Physical evidence of a criminal sexual assault must be collected from the complainant's person within
120 hours (5 days), 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 criminal sexual assault, you should call the police in the city the assault took place. In order to preserve evidence, you should not wash yourself or your clothing.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (a specially trained nurse) at the hospital is usually on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (call the Emergency Room if you first want to speak to the nurse; ER will refer you). If you report to the SMC Police Department, they will support and can provide transportation to the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center. If a survivor goes to the hospital, local police will be called, but you are not obligated to give your name, talk to the police or to pursue prosecution. Having the evidence collected in this manner will help to keep all options available, but will not obligate you to any course of action. Collecting evidence can assist the authorities in pursuing criminal charges, should the complainant decide later to exercise it.
For the survivor: the hospital staff will collect evidence, check for injuries, address pregnancy concerns (if female) and address the possibility of exposure to sexually transmitted infections. If you have changed clothing since the assault, bring the clothing you had on at the time of the assault with you 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 with you to the hospital, if possible, as they will likely keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence. You can take a support person with you to the hospital, and they can accompany you through the exam, if you want. Do not disturb the crime scene—leave all sheets, towels, etc. that may bear evidence for the police to collect.
Regardless of whether an incident of sexual misconduct is reported to the police or the College, SMC strongly encourages individuals who have experienced sexual assault/misconduct to preserve evidence to the greatest extent possible, as this will best maintain all legal options for them in the future.
Below are suggestions for preserving evidence related to an incident of sexual misconduct. It is important to keep in mind that each suggestion may not apply in every incident:
- Do not alter, dispose of, or destroy any physical evidence.
- If there is suspicion that a drink may have been drugged, inform a medical assistance provider and/or law enforcement as soon as possible so they can attempt to collect possible evidence (e.g., from the drink, through urine or blood sample).
- Preserve evidence of electronic communications by saving them and/or by taking screen shots of text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, or other electronic communications, and by keeping pictures, logs, or copies of documents that relate to the incident and/or perpetrator.
- Even if survivors choose not to make a complaint regarding sexual misconduct, they should nevertheless consider speaking with University Police or other law enforcement to preserve evidence in the event that they change their mind at a later date.
Suggestions Specific to Sexual Assault
- Because some evidence, particularly evidence that may be located on the body, dissipates quickly (within 48-96 hours), individuals who have been sexually assaulted and wish to preserve evidence should go to a hospital or medical facility immediately to seek a medical examination and/or evidence collection.
- An individual who has been sexually assaulted should not shower, bathe, douche, smoke, brush teeth, eat, drink, or change clothes or bedding before going to the hospital or seeking medical attention.
- If the individual who has been sexually assaulted decides to change clothes or bedding, they should not wash the clothes worn or bedding used during the assault, and should bring them to a hospital, medical facility or the police in a non-plastic bag (e.g., paper bag).
- Individuals who have been sexually assaulted may allow the collection of evidence even if they choose not to make a report to law enforcement. After the evidence is collected.
Reporting an Incident
SMC promptly and thoroughly investigates and resolves complaints alleging sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence.
What are my Options?
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, you have options on how you'd like to proceed. The most important factor is that you are safe and are not in imminent danger. If you believe you are in danger, call 911.
Talk to Someone on Campus Confidentially
SMC Center for Wellness and Wellbeing (Psychological Services)
SMC Student Health Services
SMC Ombudsperson Office
Talk to Someone On Campus
Title IX Coordinator
Lisa Winter, Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (310) 434-4225
Title IX Deputies
Project Manager, Athletics
Phone: (310) 434-4354
Dione (Dee Dee) M. Carter
Dean, Noncredit & Exteranl Programs
Co-Chair, Santa Monica Regional Consortium for Adult Education
Phone: (310) 434-4858
Phone: (310) 434-3780
Associate Dean, Student Life
Phone: (310) 434-8782
Guardian Scholars Coordinator
Phone: (310) 434-4449
Associate Dean, International Education Center
Phone: (310) 434-3466
Director, Business Development and Small Business Support
Workforce and Economic Development Office
Dean, Human Resources
Phone: (310) 434-4419
Dean Academic Affairs
Phone: (310) 434-4616
Director, Disabled Student Program and Services
Phone: (310) 434-4313
Associate Dean, Emeritus Campus
Phone: (310) 434-4370
Administrative Assistant III-Confidential
Phone: (310) 434-4844
Talk to Someone Confidentially Off-Campus
Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center
(310) 319-4000 or (424) 259-6000
Talk to other Confidential 24/7 Hotline Support
National Sexual Assault Hotline-Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Center for Pacific Asian Families Hotline
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Lifeline
L.A. Warmline-Overnight Telephone Support
National Domestic Violence Hotline
(TTY) (800) 787-3224 (TTY)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trevor Lifeline, Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth
Suicide and Rape (24 Hour Emergency Services National Hotline)
Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children (Crisis Hotline)
L.A. Rape and Battering Hotline
1in6 Support for men 24/7 hotline online support
Talk to and/or File a Police Report
On-Campus: Santa Monica College Police Department
File a Report: The Incident Involved an SMC Student
Student Judicial Affairs
File a Report: The Incident Involved an SMC Employee
SMC Police Hotline (UTIP)
Sexual Assault/Misconduct Prevention Support
SMC have trained individuals who can receive complaints and/or answer questions about sexual assault. These individuals are available for all SMC students, faculty, and staff. If the individual you are trying to reach is unavailable, select another individual from the list below.
Any form of retaliation or intimidation against anyone who has complained of or formally reported discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, or has participated in an investigation of such a complaint, regardless of whether the complaint relates to the complaining person or someone else, will not be tolerated, and violates Board Policy, this procedure, and applicable law. This means that if an individual raises concerns about possible sexual misconduct, including publicly opposing such alleged misconduct or filing a complaint with the District or any State or Federal agency, it is unlawful for the District or its employees, students, or third parties to retaliate against that individual for doing so. It is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual because they testified, or participated in any manner, in an investigation or related proceeding. Prohibited forms of retaliation include intimidation, threats, coercion, or any type of discrimination of any type because of that individual’s complaint or participation.
The District will take steps as necessary to prevent retaliation against an individual who filed a complaint either on their own behalf or on behalf of another student, or against those who participated in investigatory or other proceedings such as by providing information as witnesses.
If the District knows of possible retaliation, it will take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. Title IX requires the District to protect the complainant and witnesses and ensure their safety as necessary. At a minimum, this includes making sure that the complainant and witnesses know how to report retaliation and by responding promptly and appropriately to address continuing or new problems.