Sexual Misconduct / Title IX

Faculty Tool Kit

If a student reports that he or she has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, the student has options on how to proceed. The most important thing is that the student is safe and is not in imminent danger.


Listen non-judgmentally. Accept the experience as the student describes it. Articulate clearly that you believe the student and you want to provide support in any way that you can.

Validate the student’s feelings
Assure the student that it is not their fault. Self-blame is common among victims of sexual violence.
Do not make judgmental comments. Do not comment on what could have been done differently or make statements that imply that the student could have avoided the harassment or assault.
Be sympathetic. However, do not let your own emotions get in the way of supporting the student.
Discuss options. Show them the sexual harassment policy and give them the brochure on sexual misconduct.

Get support for yourself. Do not hesitate to seek advice from individuals who are in a position to help. It is not necessary to give names or details of the incident to get initial support and to learn more about options. Some options for help include the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, and the LAHC Title IX Coordinator, Mercy Yanez located in Technology Building 2nd, Floor, Room 204.ii.


Talk to Someone Confidentially

Talk to Someone On-Campus
Mercy Yanez
Title IX Coordinator
(310) 233-4342

Peggy Loewy Wellisch
Title IX Advocate
(310) 233-4321

I'm Taking Online Courses

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline-Rape, (800) 656-HOPE
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 800-656-HOPE (4673)

File a Police Report
LAHC Sheriff Department
(310) 233-4600

File a Report:
The Incident Involved a LAHC Student or Employee

Title IX Coordinator
Mercy Yanez, (310) 233-4342 or email @email

Talk to Someone at the District Office
If you still have additional questions or concerns related to Title IX, you may also contact Victoria Friedman at LACCD's Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at (213) 891-2125 or @email. LACCD's Office for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is located at the District's Educational Services Center in downtown Los Angeles.