If a student reports that he or she has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, the student has options on how to proceed. The most important thing is that the student is safe and is not in imminent danger.

What to Do When a Student is in Distress

  1. Listen non-judgmentally. Accept the experience as the student describes it. Articulate clearly that you believe the student and you want to provide support in any way that you can.

  2. Validate the student’s feelings

  3. Assure the student that it is not their fault. Self-blame is common among victims of sexual violence.

  4. Do not make judgmental comments. Do not comment on what could have been done differently or make statements that imply that the student could have avoided the harassment or assault.

  5. Be sympathetic. However, do not let your own emotions get in the way of supporting the student.

  6. Discuss options. Show them the SMC Administrative Regulation on Sexual Misconduct and provide a PDF FileSexual Misconduct Brochure on sexual misconduct.

  7. Get support for yourself. Do not hesitate to seek advice from individuals who are in a position to help. It is not necessary to give names or details of the incident to get initial support and to learn more about options. Some options for help include the SMC Care Crisis Prevention Teamamp; Prevention Team, SMC Psychological Services, and the SMC Title IX Officer.

For more information visit It's On Us - To Stop Sexual Assault.

Who Do I Contact?

Talk to Someone on Campus Confidentially

SMC Center for Wellness and Wellbeing (Psychological Services)
(310) 434-4503

SMC Student Health Services
(310) 434-4262

SMC Ombudsperson Office
(310) 434-3986

Talk to Someone On Campus

Title IX Coordinator

Lisa Winter, Compliance Administrator/Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (310) 434-4225

Title IX Deputies

Dione (Dee Dee) M. Carter
Dean, Noncredit & Exteranl Programs
Co-Chair, Santa Monica Regional Consortium for Adult Education
Phone: (310) 434-4858
Email: Carter_Dione@smc.edu

Reggie Ellis
Interim Athletic Director
Phone: (310) 434-3780
Email ellis_reggie@smc.edu

Nancy Grass
Associate Dean, Student Life
Phone: (310) 434-8782
Email grass_nancy@smc.edu

Jackie Johnson
Interim Assistant Athletic Director
Phone: (310) 434-4862
Email johnson_jaclyn@smc.edu

Debra Joseph-Locke
EOPS/CARE Supervisor
Guardian Scholars Coordinator
Phone: (310) 434-4449
Email: locke_debra@smc.edu

Denise Kinsella
Associate Dean, International Education Center
Phone: (310) 434-3466
Email kinsella_denise@smc.edu

Sasha King
Director, Business Development and Small Business Support
Workforce and Economic Development Office
Phone: (310) 434-4119
Email king_sasha@smc.edu

Sherri Lee Lewis
Dean, Human Resources
Phone: (310) 434-4419
Email lee-lewis_sherrie@smc.edu

Jennifer Merlic
Dean Academic Affairs
Phone: (310) 434-4616
Email merlic_jennifer@smc.edu

Stephanie Schlatter
Director, Disabled Student Program and Services
Phone: (310) 434 4313
Email schlatter_stephanie@smc.edu

Rebecca Weiland
Administrative Assistant III-Confidential
Academic Affairs
Phone: (310) 434-4844
Email: weiland_rebecca@smc.edu Title IX

Talk to Someone Confidentially Off-Campus

Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center
(310) 319-4000

Talk to other Confidential 24/7 Hotline Support

National Sexual Assault Hotline-Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
(800) 656-4673

Center for Pacific Asian Families Hotline
(800) 339-3940

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
(888) 807-7250

Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(877) 727-4747

L.A. Warmline-Overnight Telephone Support
(855) 952-9276

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233
(800) 787-3224
(TTY) (800) 787-3224 (TTY)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255

Trevor Lifeline, Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth
(866) 488-7386

Suicide and Rape (24 Hour Emergency Services National Hotline)
(813) 789-1256

Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children (Crisis Hotline)
(310) 264-6644

L.A. Rape and Battering Hotline
(310) 392-8381

1in6 Support for men
24/7 hotline online support
Online chat

Talk to and/or File a Police Report


On-Campus: Santa Monica College Police Depart

(310) 434-4300

File a Report: The Incident Involved an SMC Student

Student Judicial Affairs
(310) 434-4220

File a Report: The Incident Involved an SMC Employee

Human Resources
(310) 434-4415

Read more about Sexual Assault and Discrimination

Report Anonymously

UTIP Hotline
(310) 434-8847