Frequently Asked Questions for Respondents
- 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. You can learn more about their services online at: https://www.cerritos.edu/shs/services/mw.htm
- Employees: Call Cerritos College Employee Assistance Program at (800)531-0200 or (800) 443-5766.
You can learn more about their services online at: https://www.cerritos.edu/hr/employee-assistance-program.htm
- Students and Employees: Contact a trusted friend, family member, or someone who can provide you with additional
- Students: Cerritos College Student Psychological Services can be reached via telephone at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2321. You can learn more about their services online at: https://www.cerritos.edu/shs/services/mw.htm
- If you received a notification from the Office of Diversity, Compliance, and Title
IX, follow the directions.
- 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.
- If you need assistance identifying an advisor, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator
- If you are in need of supportive measures (ex. academic/workplace accommodations, modified schedules, excused absences, referrals, etc.) contact the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@cerritos.edu.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students are encouraged to inform their parents/guardians/support network in the event
of major medical, disciplinary or academic concerns.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cerritos College will proceed with our administrative resolution process regardless of the Reporting Party/Complainant’s decision to engage in additional resolution processes.
- 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.
- Similarly, individuals who choose not to participate in an investigatory process or
withdraw their participation, cannot be retaliated against.
- 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.
- 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 Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@cerritos.edu.
- 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 at TitleIXCoordinator@cerritos.edu.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Students who are interested in speaking with confidential resources should contact
Cerritos College Student Psychological Services at(562) 860-2451, ext. 2321. You can
learn more about their services online at: https://www.cerritos.edu/shs/services/mw.htm
- 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. You can learn more about their services online at: https://www.cerritos.edu/hr/employee-assistance-program.htm
- 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.
- Confidentiality is generally provided to individuals acting in psychological/counseling
settings, victim advocates, attorneys/lawyers, and religious/spiritual advisors.
- 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.
- Cerritos College employees cannot offer confidentially expect for medical professionals, mental health providers, and the victim advocate, while acting in those roles.
Dr. Lauren Elan Helsper
Director, Diversity, Compliance, and Title IX Coordinator
Human Resources Services MP 100
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
Office (562) 860-2451, ext. 2276
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.