President's Statement

Dear Saint Mary’s community,

We all have a responsibility to prevent sexual violence on our campus. Prevention begins with each and every one of us working to foster a culture of mutual trust and maintaining a climate of dignity and respect. This Title IX website, and our execution of preventative and supportive actions, provides our community with the resources and information needed to help maintain such a climate in the event of sexual misconduct and assault.

We are not alone in our struggle to make our campus safe for all the members of our community. Sexual misconduct and assault are problems that are all too pervasive on college campuses across our nation. However, I strongly believe we are and can continue to be a model campus because of our proven commitment to this issue and our systematic efforts to make our campus a safe place to study and work.

No member of our community should ever be discouraged from reporting offenses, and any report should be brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Deputy immediately. Every student, staff, faculty and or visitor of Saint Mary’s College should feel confident that the College will treat sexual misconduct and violence with the utmost seriousness. And I want to be clear that we will hold members of our community accountable for violating campus sexual assault prevention policies.

You have my commitment that when an act of sexual misconduct or assault is reported, we will respond quickly, and with the utmost care for the victim of such an act. I believe we share a common goal for a campus where sexual misconduct and assault are not tolerated, and I ask for your participation in making our campus a safe space for all.


President James A. Donahue

James A. Donahue

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Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment

Sexual assault, sexual misconduct and "having sex" are not the same.

Sexual assault is an act of sexual violence.

Sexual Violence refers to sexual acts committed against a person's will, or where the person is incapable of giving consent due to a victim’s use of drugs or alcohol resulting in incapacitation or unconsciousness, a victim’s intellectual or other disability, or any circumstance rendering one unaware that sexual activity is occurring. These acts include:

  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual battery
  • Sexual coercion

Sexual assault and sexual misconduct are acts of hostility, power, control, degradation, and violence… not passion. They are attempts to control and degrade others using sex and sexual acts as weapons. Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault or sexual misconduct—women, men, and children. Perpetrators of sexual assault and sexual misconduct can be anyone: a stranger, someone you have known for a long time or someone you have just met.

Saint Mary's College of California insists that all members of its community shall be able to pursue their interests free from sexual assault, sexual misconduct and other forms of sexual harassment. Consistent with the values of an educational and employment environment free from harassment based on sex, the College also prohibits gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Under this policy, sexual harassment includes but is not limited to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, cyber-stalking, bullying and cyber-bullying, aiding or facilitating the commission of a violation, and retaliation.

This policy pertains to incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct between students or where the alleged perpetrator is a student. To report a violation of this policy when the alleged perpetrator is a student, follow the procedures outlined below. To report a violation of this policy when the alleged perpetrator is a faculty or staff member, contact the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, who is also the Title IX coordinator, at (925) 631-4212. For information regarding reporting other forms of sexual harassment see the Policy Prohibiting, and Procedures for Reporting, Discrimination, Harassment, including Sexual, and Retaliation.

We encourage all members of our campus community to seek support for and report all sexual harassment and sexual misconduct directly to the Saint Mary’s Department of Public Safety, the Campus Assault Resources and Empowerment (CARE) team, the Title IX Coordinator or to the Deputy Coordinators. These individuals will assist in eliminating the misconduct, preventing its recurrence and addressing the effects.

Please see options for immediate actions, options for reporting the incident and getting support and what to consider when making your decision. Regardless of where it is reported, the Title IX Coordinator will vet all complaints. If you need immediate confidential counseling, please contact Saint Mary’s Women’s Resource Center which provides confidential rape crisis counseling to men and women, 24 hours a day, at 925-878-9207.

Are you a Student? Do you have concerns about Faculty conduct? Please view our Student Concerns About Conduct flow chart to.

Are you a Faculty/Staff Member? Do you have concerns about Student conduct? Please view our Faculty Concerns About Student Academic Perfomance and Conduct flow chart to.

Saint Mary's College of California is grateful to Amherst College, Amherst Massachusetts, for granting permission to Saint Mary's to use in this website content and information from Amherst's Title IX website.

Saint Mary’s College is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which all persons who participate in Saint Mary’s programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of all forms of discrimination, exploitation, intimidation, or harassment, including sexual, based on a legally protected characteristic or status.
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