Whom Can I Call?

While we recognize that a report may emerge through many sources, we encourage those who experience sexual harassment and sexual misconduct to report directly to the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Department of Public Safety, or Moraga Police Department. These individuals will support and provide you with information regarding options, including grievance procedures, interim remedies, and ongoing emotional support.  These individuals will assist in eliminating the misconduct, preventing its occurrence and addressing the effects.

Saint Mary’s will seek to maintain your privacy at all times during the process consistent with our responsibility to ensure both individual and community safety and our commitment to providing an environment free from sex and gender discrimination. All College employees who become aware of an incident of sexual misconduct will notify the Title IX Coordinator or a member of the Title IX team. The Title IX Coordinator and Title IX team are specifically charged with investigating and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct.


Additional Resources Below

NOTE: All of the resources listed below are trained to support students and coordinate with the Title IX Coordinator consistent with the College’s commitment to a safe and healthy educational environment. Saint Mary's values your privacy. Reports of sexual assault will be shared only with individuals with a need-to-know or as required by law.


Department of Public Safety

925-631-4282.  Available 24 hours a day/7 days per week.


Title IX Coordinator

Karen Biestman, Title IX Coordinator and Special Assistant to the Provost for Equity and Inclusion (Employees)

It is the policy of the College to not discriminate on the basis of sex in its admissions policies, educational programs, activities or employment practices as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to Karen Biestman,  Title IX Compliance Officer, kwb4@stmarys-ca.edu or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C.


Title IX Deputy Coordinators

Available during regular office hours. After 5 PM call Department of Public Safety.

Peter Chen, Director of Employee Relations & Compensation and Human Resource Consultation (Employees)
925-631-4102 phc1@stmarys-ca.edu

Evette Castillo Clark, Dean of Students (Students)
925-631-4238 ecc4@stmarys-ca.edu

Kami Gray, Senior Women's Administrator/Associate Director of Athletics (Students)
925-631-4521 kgray@stmarys-ca.edu


Campus Resources

Campus Assault Resources and Empowerment (CARE) 24/7 Line: 925-878-9207

Director for Sexual Assault Prevention:  925-631-4193
Confidential support, advocacy, information about options, and resource referral (Augustine Hall, Ground Floor)

Women’s Resource Center:  925-631-4192
Information, advocacy and resource referral (Augustine Hall, Ground Floor)

Title IX Compliance Officer: 925-631-4318

Title IX Officer Designee and Deputy for Students:  925-631-4238
Information about the discipline process & list of advisors (Ferroggiaro Hall 200)

Public Safety Department: 925-631-4282  OR  Emergency 9-1-1

General Public Safety Information/Administration:  925-631-4052

Counseling And Psychological Service (CAPS):  925-631-4364
Confidential counseling services, support and information (Augustine Hall, Ground Floor)

Health and Wellness Center:  925-631-4254
Medical and information resource (Augustine Hall, Ground Floor)

Director of Community Life:  925-631-4238
Information about the discipline process & list of advisors (Ferroggiaro Hall 200)

Mission and Ministry Center:  925-631-4366 


Community Resources

Contra Costa County Crisis & Suicide Intervention:  800-833-2900
24 hour Hotline

Community Violence Solutions:  800-670-7273
(Contra Costa Rape Crisis 24-Hour Hotline)

National Sexual Assault Hotline:  800-656-HOPE (4673)

www.rainn.org (Rape, Abuse and Incest, National Network)

STAND! Against Domestic Violence:  888-215-5555
24-hour crisis counseling and emergency resource

Moraga Police Department (24-hour number):  925-284-5010



Whether you were subjected to any sexual misconduct recently or in the past, you are encouraged to use all available support services.

The College will make reasonable and appropriate efforts to preserve a Complainant’s and Respondent’s privacy and to protect the confidentiality of information. Should a Complainant request confidentiality, however, please know that the College’s ability to respond may be limited, although, where feasible, the College will take reasonable steps to prevent prohibited conduct and limit its effects. It is not possible to provide confidentiality in all cases and the College’s decision to share information with others is subject to the balancing test described below.

If, after assessing a concern as provided above, the College determines there is sufficient basis to initiate a Title IX investigation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will meet with the Complainant when possible, to provide information about a Title IX investigation. A copy of the policy will be provided to the Complainant.  Before beginning an investigation, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant and request consent from the Complainant to proceed to an investigation. An investigation may still go forward even if the Complainant refuses consent, if appropriate, subject to the balancing test provided by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, which states that in such cases, institutions should balance:

  • The seriousness of the alleged harassment
  • The Complainant’s age
  • Whether there have been other harassment complaints about the same individual
  • The alleged harasser or assailant’s rights to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by the school as an “education record” under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99.

In summary, although the College’s goal is to limit the number of individuals who may learn about an allegation of Prohibited Conduct or an investigation, the College cannot guarantee confidentiality in all matters.