You have the right to decide who and when to tell about what happened. Should you decide to report the incident to law enforcement, the Title IX Coordinator can assist you. It is also your right to have a support person (such as a sexual assault victim advocate, friend, or family member) with you while you report the incident to law enforcement and/or the Title IX Coordinator or designee.
The District’s primary concern is your safety and the safety of our campus community. If you have been affected by or witnessed sexual misconduct, you should not be discouraged from reporting the incident because you are concerned that you might be subject to disciplinary action for related student conduct violations, of drug or alcohol use. Unless the District finds the violations egregious, including, but not limited to, an action that places the health of safety of any other person at risk or involves plagiarism, cheating, or academic dishonesty, affected parties will not be subject to disciplinary action.
Palomar College is committed to providing a campus environment that is free of sexual violence. Acts of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, hereafter known as “Prohibited Acts of Conduct” are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Palomar College (Board Policy 3540).
If you become the victim of a sexual assault on or off campus:
- GET to a safe place.
- CONTACT the Palomar College Police Department on a district phone by dialing extension 2289, or by calling 760-891-7273 or your local police agency, if off campus, by dialing 911.
- DO NOT shower, bathe, douche, change or destroy clothing.
- DO NOT straighten or clean-up the area.
- SEEK medical attention.
- SEEK emotional support from local Rape Crisis Centers:
- Center for Community Solutions – (888) 385-4657
- Women’s Resource Center – (760) 757-3500