Reporting Sexual Misconduct


If you feel you are in danger,
call 5555 (on campus phone)
or 281-476-9128

Student Reporting of Sexual Misconduct Form

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San Jacinto College prohibits all employees and students from engaging in sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and other behaviors of a sexual nature that are hostile, unwelcome, or intimidating. This prohibition applies to conduct occurring on campus or in connection with a College activity or program. Prohibited conduct that occurs off campus is also encompassed by these rules if the conduct creates a sexually hostile environment on campus or in a College activity or program or if it adversely affects another student’s educational opportunities at the College. 

Mandatory Reporting by Employees

Any San Jacinto College employee who, in the course and scope of employment, observes or receives information regarding an incident that the employee reasonably believes constitutes sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, or stalking that was committed by or against a College student or employee must promptly report the incident to one of the College’s Title IX coordinators. The duty to report applies if the student was enrolled at the College at the time of the incident or if the employee was employed by the College at the time of the incident.

Contacts for Employees

Title IX Coordinator (for employees)
Sandra Ramirez, 281-991-2648

Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and
   Organizational & Talent Development
Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer

4624 Fairmont Parkway,
Pasadena, Texas 77504
sandra.ramirez@sjcd.edu

Vice President, Human Resources
Vickie Del Bello

4620 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, Texas 77504
vickie.delbello@sjcd.edu
281-998-6357

Manager, Employee Relations
Gretchen Rapp

4620 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, Texas 77504
gretchen.rapp@sjcd.edu
281-998-6314

Contacts for Students

Title IX Coordinator (for students)
Joanna Zimmermann, 281-476-1863
Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services

8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, Texas 77505
joanna.zimmermann@sjcd.edu

Dean of Compliance and Judicial Affairs
Clare Iannelli

8060 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505
clare.iannelli@sjcd.edu
281-478-2756

Compliance Officer
Danessa Trahan

8060 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505
danessa.trahan@sjcd.edu
281-478-2756

Compliance Officer
Erin Dickson

8060 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505
erin.dickson@sjcd.edu
281-478-2756

Employees who fail to make a mandatory report are subject to termination. Such employees also are subject to criminal prosecution for failure to report incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, or stalking as stated above.  

Reports related to students should be directed to the associate vice chancellor of student services. Reports related to employees should be directed to the vice chancellor of human resources and organizational and talent effectiveness. If the incident involves both a student and an employee, the incident may be reported to either office. Student-related incidents can be reported at www.sanjac.edu/incident-report. Employee-related incidents can be reported by clicking here. Refer to the student handbook or the human resources page on the College website for specific contact information and for the content of required reports.

Victims of incidents are not required to report their own incidents. Employees who learn of incidents at a public awareness event are not required to report those incidents. Employees with a legal duty of confidentiality – such as a licensed professional counselor – are required to report only the type of incident (e.g., sexual assault or stalking) but are not required to provide any other details, such as the names of the individuals involved in the incident.

Educational Planning, Counseling, and Completion

Central Campus (including Maritime)
  281-478-2768

 North Campus
   281-459-7192

  South Campus
    281-922-3444

Generation Park

TBD

* Free short-term counseling is available by contacting EPCC at any of these locations.

Employees who have experienced a sexual assault, sexual violence, or other crimes may seek advice, assistance, and resources from the College’s Title IX coordinator, Title IX investigator or the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Title IX Coordinator
  Sandra Ramirez, 281-991-2648 

Title IX Investigators
  Vickie Del Bello, 281-998-6357
  Gretchen Rapp, 281-998-6314

 Employee Assistance Program
    www.uteap.org
    713-500-3327

Students or employees who believe they have been subjected to sexual misconduct (sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking) are encouraged to report their complaints to the San Jacinto College Police Department (281-476-9128) or to another police agency as soon as possible after the incident occurs. The decision whether to report to law enforcement ultimately belongs to the crime victim. Crime victims may choose to report an offense to law enforcement, to seek assistance from the College in reporting an offense to law enforcement, or to decline to report a crime to law enforcement. Regardless of whether the individual files a report with law enforcement, the individual has a right to seek resources from the College or to file a complaint with the College.

Allegations of misconduct against a student also may be reported to the compliance and judicial affairs office by submitting an online incident report at www.sanjac.edu/incident-report or by calling 281-478-2756. Allegations of misconduct against an employee may be reported to the human resources department by calling 281-998-6115.  Employees may also complete an online incident report by clicking here.

Students or employees are not required to file a police complaint to receive assistance from the College. Additionally, reporting an offense does not commit the student or employee to pursuing further legal action. Students or employees who desire assistance in making a police report may contact the appropriate Title IX coordinator, the dean of compliance and judicial affairs, a compliance officer, or human resources.

Contact information for the San Jacinto College Police Department:

From campus phone: 5555
From cell phones: 281-476-9128
Non-emergency: 281-476-1820
Hearing-impaired phone number for text messages: 713-469-1071

Contact information for Houston Police Department: 713-884-3131 (non-emergency)

Contact information for Pasadena Police Department: 713-477-1511 (this number is for City Hall) or 713-477-1221 (non-emergency)

Consent is a critical factor that distinguishes acceptable sexual behavior from unacceptable sexual behavior. It is the consent of the parties involved. Consent is a clear, knowing, and voluntary permission by words or action to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent is communicated through mutually understandable words or actions that indicate willingness by all of the involved parties to engage in the same sexual activity, at the same time, and in the same way. Clear and open communication is an essential element to conveying and understanding consent. Ideally, consent is given verbally; however, consent (or lack of consent) also may be expressed through gestures and body language. Consent cannot be freely given if the person’s ability to understand and give consent is impaired. Examples of those who cannot give consent include but are not limited to:

  1. The individual is under age 17 and is not the spouse of the actor.
  2. The individual is unconscious.
  3. The individual is impaired due to ingestion of a substance such as drugs or alcohol.
  4. The actor compels another to submit to or participate in a sexual act by using physical force or violence against the other person or by threatening to use force or violence against another person.
  5. The other person has not consented to the sexual act with the actor, and the actor knows the other person is unaware that the sexual act is occurring.
  6. The other person is mentally impaired or has a mental disability.
  7. The actor has misrepresented or concealed his or her true identity to the individual.

Sexual misconduct includes domestic violence, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

Domestic violence refers to a pattern of abusive behavior between two individuals formerly or currently in an intimate relationship, including through marriage, cohabitation, dating, or within a familial or household arrangement. Abuse may be in the form of physical assault, sexual assault, bodily injury, emotional distress, physical endangerment, or when the imminent threat of any of these instances puts the victim in fear of their occurrence. The term encompasses acts committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, and by a person similarly situated to a spouse or the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sex-based advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, unwelcome verbal comments of a sexual nature, and unwelcome physical contact or touching of a sexual nature. Conduct is considered unwelcome when it is not solicited by an individual and is regarded by him or her as unwanted or offensive. Sexual harassment is wrongful regardless of whether the parties are of the same sex or of the opposite sex. 

  1. In the employment context, sexual harassment includes conduct that unreasonably interferes with a person’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
  2. In the education context, sexual harassment is conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct interferes with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities at a postsecondary institution of higher education.

Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

1) The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

2) For the purposes of this definition—

  1. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
  2. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.

Types of Domestic/Dating Violence

Physical Abuse:
Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc. are types of physical abuse. This type of abuse also includes denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use upon him or her.

Sexual Abuse:
Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent. Sexual violence includes, but is certainly not limited to, marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, treating one in a sexually demeaning manner, and controlling reproduction by sabotaging methods of birth control.

Intimate Partner Violence:
Physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, and psychological aggression (including coercive acts) by a current or former intimate partner.

Emotional Abuse:
Undermining an individual’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive. This may include, but is not limited to, constant criticism, diminishing one’s abilities, name calling, or forbidding one’s attendance at school or employment.

Psychological Abuse:
Elements of psychological abuse include, but are not limited to, causing fear by intimidation and threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner’s family and friends at school and/or work.

Stalking is consistent behavior that is directed specifically at another person that causes that person to suffer substantial emotional distress or to fear for his or her personal safety or security. (Stalking is repeated twice but worded differently.)

Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to 1) fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others or 2) suffer substantial emotional distress.

  1. Course of conduct: Two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person or interferes with a person’s property.
  2. Reasonable person: A reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.
  3. Substantial emotional distress: Significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.

Sexual Assault is intentionally or knowingly causing physical sexual contact or sexual penetration of another person without that person’s consent. “Sexual contact” includes any touching of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person. Sexual assault is without consent of the other person if the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by use of physical force or violence or threat of force or violence and if the other person believes the actor has the present ability to execute the threat or the other person cannot consent due to age, mental impairment, or other circumstance. 

  1. Rape: The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person without the consent of the victim.
  2. Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
  3. Incest: Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
  4. Statutory Rape: Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

Victims of a sexual assault should be advised to go to a hospital for a medical exam and treatment. Victims should not wash, shower, bathe, or change clothes prior to a medical exam or treatment. If a victim needs to remove an item of clothing, it should be placed in a paper bag (not a plastic bag). Such evidence will be helpful if a victim seeks a protective order or desires to pursue criminal prosecution. Instead of changing clothes, a victim may separately bring a change of clothing to the hospital to wear after the medical exam. Evidence of violence, such as visible injuries, bruising, or damage to a vehicle or property will need to be photographed. Likewise, evidence of emails, text messages, or phone messages will need to be saved and not deleted or altered.

The College may provide supportive measures to a reporting party or respondent in connection with the filing of a complaint or even if no formal complaint has been filed. Support measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered when appropriate and reasonably available and without fee or charge. Such measures are designed to restore or preserve access to the individual’s education program or activity without unreasonably burdening the other party, protect the safety of all parties and the educational environment, and deter sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct. Support measures may include counseling, extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments, modifications of work or class schedules, campus escort services, mutual restrictions on contact between the parties, changes in work or housing locations, leaves of absence, increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus, and other similar measures. Under this policy, the reporting party and the respondent are entitled to drop a course in which both parties are enrolled without an academic penalty.

The College must maintain as confidential any supportive measures provided to the complainant or respondent to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the institution to provide the supportive measures. The Title IX coordinator is responsible for coordinating the effective implementation of supportive measures.

If the Title IX coordinator determines that any person is in imminent danger as a result of an incident, the Title IX coordinator shall promptly notify the College Chancellor. The Title IX coordinator may recommend to the Chancellor that the College implement interim measures to reduce or eliminate the danger, including, for example, a temporary suspension of the respondent or the imposition of restrictions on access to campus or locations on campus. Interim measures must be implemented in accordance with due process standards.

Disciplinary and complaint procedures, found in the student handbook, serve as the framework for resolving allegations of sexual misconduct against students. Students found responsible for sexual misconduct will be subject to campus disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. If an investigation substantiates that an employee engaged in sexual misconduct, the employee is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination, as provided in board policy. In addition, any employee or student may face criminal prosecution for violations of applicable state and federal laws. 

The sexual misconduct policies and complaint procedures applicable to students can be found in the Code of Student Conduct and the Complaint Procedures sections of the student handbook.  Employee-related policies and procedures can be accessed on the human resources page of the College website. For employee harassment, refer to Policy IV-B-3-b and Procedure 1-2.

Acknowledge your friend is in a difficult situation.
   Let the friend know he/she is not alone.

Be supportive.
   Listen and be available. Remember it may be difficult for your friend to talk about the abuse.

Be non-judgmental.
   Respect your friend’s decisions. There are many reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships.
   Do not criticize the choice to stay.

Don’t be afraid to show you are concerned.
   Describe what you see is going on and that you want to help.
   Let your friend know he/she deserves a healthy, non-violent relationship.

If your friend breaks up with an abuser, continue to be supportive.
   Your friend may feel sad or lonely and be tempted to return to the abuser.

Encourage your friend to talk to professionals who can offer support.
   San Jacinto College has resources such as campus police, counseling services, and human resources.
   They can also direct you to other resources for assistance.

In some instances, an alleged victim might decline to pursue a complaint or participate in an investigation, or he or she may wish to keep the matter completely confidential. The Title IX coordinator will review the request and determine whether further action is needed. Factors that may result in a decision to proceed with an investigation include, but are not limited to:

  1. The seriousness of the alleged conduct.
  2. Whether the College has received other reports of a Title IX incident involving the same respondent(s).
  3. Whether the alleged incident poses a risk of harm to others.

If the Title IX coordinator authorizes the investigation, the alleged victim is not required to participate. The College may proceed with the investigation but shall comply with applicable law regarding an alleged victim’s request for confidentiality. 

In the absence of a formal investigation, the College shall take any steps necessary to protect the health and safety of the institution’s community in relation to the alleged incident. 

Retaliation is prohibited against an individual who reports an incident under this procedure or who cooperates in an investigation or disciplinary process. 

San Jacinto College provides an online, video-based orientation/training for all incoming freshmen and new transfer students during their first term of enrollment. The two trainings address the College’s campus sexual misconduct policy and awareness and prevention training on sexual assault, bystander intervention, and the role alcohol plays in relation to sexual misconduct. San Jacinto College provides an online, video-based training for all employees annually. The training consists of two modules that address Title IX and Preventing Harassment.

Community Resources

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
  713-224-9911
  http://www.avda-tx.org/

Bay Area Turning Point, Inc.
  http://www.bayareaturningpoint.org/
  24-Hour Hotline: 281-286-2525

Houston Area Women’s Center
  http://www.hawc.org/
  Rape Crisis Hotline: 713-528-7273
  Domestic Violence Hotline: 713-528-2121

Houston Health and Human Services Department
  http://www.houstontx.gov/health/
  832-393-5169

The Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  http://tbotw.org
  24-Hour Hotline: 713-473-2801

The Montrose Center
  http://www.montrosecenter.org
  713-529-0037
  LGBT 24-Hour Helpline: 713-529-3211

National Resources

National Center for Victims of Crime
  http://victimsofcrime.org
  202-467-8700

National Crime Prevention Council
  http://ncpc.org
  443-292-4565

National Domestic Violence Hotline
    http://www.ndvh.org
    1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
  1-800-273-8255

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
  http://nsvrc.org
  1-877-739-3895

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
  http://www.rainn.org
  1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Stalking Resource Center
  http://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center
  202-467-8700