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How to Report Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, or Related Incidents at Palomar College

To report sexual harassment, sexual violence, or the threat of any of these committed by a student, employee, faculty, or other member of the campus community, you may take any of the following steps to seek assistance:

  • Contact the Title IX office to report the incident to a Title IX Coordinator at (760) 744-1150 ext. 2608 or Shawna Cohen, at scohen@palomar.edu to receive information about your legal rights, complaint filing options, request an investigation, and to receive supportive resources.
  • Submit an online Incident Report.  A Title IX Coordinator or another appropriate Palomar College employee will respond.
  • Call the Palomar College Police Department  (PCPD) to report a crime and file a criminal report at (760) 891-7273 or from any campus phone at ext. 2289.  You may also use any of the blue-light emergency phones on campus; simply pick up the phone to contact the Police Department immediately.    PCPD can also help you obtain medical assistance, emergency protective orders, and other court orders as appropriate.

If you experience sexual assault:

  1. GET to a safe place.
  2. CONTACT local law enforcement.  If the assault happened on campus, call the Palomar College Police Department as described above.  For off-campus assaults, call 911.
  3. DO NOT bathe, use the restroom, groom yourself, or douche.  Do not remove or destroy your clothing or other items you are wearing.  These actions could destroy important evidence.
  4. DO NOT straighten or clean the area of the assault, if possible.
  5. SEEK medical attention if needed.
  6. SEEK emotional support.  You may want to talk to your family or friends about what happened.  You can also seek emotional support, including counseling from the agencies listed below.

Retaliation is prohibited under federal and state law against any person who experiences and reports sexual misconduct; assists someone with submitting a report of sexual misconduct; or who participates in the investigation and/or resolution of sexual misconduct.  “Retaliation” is defined as threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to employment or education.