Frequently Asked Questions for Respondents


  1. Contact a mental health practitioner to provide you with confidential and immediate emotional support. You can contact a private clinician or utilize resources available to you through the College.

    • Students: Cerritos College Student Psychological Services can be reached via telephone at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2321. 

    • Employees:  Call Cerritos College Employee Assistance Program at (800)531-0200 or (800) 443-5766.

    • Students and Employees: Contact a trusted friend, family member, or someone who can provide you with additional support.

  2. If you received a notification from the Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Title IX, follow the directions.

  3. Upon notice of an investigation, it is advised that you gather as much evidence as possible before too much time has elapsed as you might want to submit the evidence to the Title IX Investigator for consideration during the investigation.  Examples of evidence include: text messages, social media postings, e-mails, voicemails, letters, and anything that might be relevant to the situation.  If you have already deleted text messages, you might be able to retrieve them by contacting your mobile phone provider.  Additionally, it is suggested that you make a list of witnesses who might be relevant to the investigation.

  4. If you need assistance identifying an advisor, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator.

  5. If you are in need of supportive measures (ex. academic/workplace accommodations, modified schedules, excused absences, referrals, etc.) contact the Title IX Coordinator.

You can review the District’s policies and procedures about responding to harassment based on sex under Title IX in Administrative Procedure 3434.  To learn more, visit the Title IX Policies page.

  1. Complainants/Reporting Parties and Respondents are entitled to have an advisor of their choice accompany them to all meetings with the Office of Diversity, Compliance and Title IX.

  2. If a party does not have an advisor at the Live Hearing, the District will provide an advisor to conduct the cross-examination on the party’s behalf, free of charge.
Individuals are not required to obtain legal guidance while involved in a resolution process with the District. Some individuals do choose to seek legal guidance, especially if there is concern/potential for criminal and/or civil action.
  1. The District’s relationship is with you, the student. Per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the District cannot disclose any information about you or your student record to anyone; including a parent.

  2. Students are encouraged to inform their parents/guardians/support network in the event of major medical, disciplinary or academic concerns.

  3. Cerritos College will only contact a parent at the written request of a student, in instances where health or safety emergencies exist, or if the College determines such communication is necessary.
  1. Reporting Parties/Complainants have the right to pursue resolution through the campus and via civil and/or criminal processes. It is the Reporting Party/Complainants decision as to how he/she/they wish to proceed.

  2. Cerritos College will proceed with our administrative resolution process regardless of the Reporting Party/Complainant’s decision to engage in additional resolution processes.
  1. It is a violation of the District’s policy to retaliate in any way against an individual or a group because the individual or group is involved in an allegation of sexual or protected class misconduct.

  2. Similarly, individuals who choose not to participate in an investigatory process or withdraw their participation, cannot be retaliated against.

  3. The District recognizes that retaliation can take many forms, may be committed by an individual or a group against an individual or a group, and that the Respondent can also be the subject of retaliation by a Reporting Party or a third party. Cerritos College will take immediate and responsive action to any report of retaliation and may pursue disciplinary action as appropriate. An individual reporting sexual harassment or misconduct is entitled to protection from any form of retaliation following a report that is made in good faith, even if the report is later not proven.

  4. All concerns of regarding retaliation should be brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator immediately.  To report a concern, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.
  1. The Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Title IX provides supportive measures, including academic accommodations for all parties. If you are in need of assistance, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

  2. Academic accommodations can include schedule modifications, switching courses, extension on exams/assignments, etc. The Title IX Coordinator will meet with the party to determine what is a reasonable accommodation given the situation.
  1. Information reported to the Title IX staff is “private.” “Private” means that only individuals who need information about your situation in order to provide you with support and/or to investigate and adjudicate the situation, will be informed.

  2. Cerritos College also has confidential resources available to students and staff. A confidential resource is someone who is not required to share information about your situation with the Title IX Coordinator. Confidential resources can provide counseling and support.

  3. Students who are interested in speaking with confidential resources should contact Cerritos College Student Psychological Services at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2321.

  4. Staff and faculty who are interested in speaking with a confidential resources should contact: the Cerritos College Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at (800)531-0200 or (800) 443-5766.
  1. Under California law, confidentiality means that information shared with confidential individuals will not be shared with others or used in court. Confidential individuals cannot be subpoenaed to testify against a Reporting Party in a court proceeding.

  2. Confidentiality is generally provided to individuals acting in psychological/counseling settings, victim advocates, attorneys/lawyers, and religious/spiritual advisors.

  3. Cerritos College is committed to creating an environment that encourages student, staff, faculty, and affiliates, to come forward if they have experienced any form of misconduct. The College will safeguard the identities of individuals who seek assistance or report misconduct. Information will only be shared with individuals on a “need to know basis” as required to support the impacted individual and/or investigate and adjudicate the incident. This is considered privacy.

  4. Cerritos College employees cannot offer confidentially expect for medical professionals, mental health providers, and the victim advocate, while acting in those roles.