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The GTU and Title IX

  Contact Information

GTU Title IX Coordinators
updated September 23, 2020

Title IX Coordinator:

Marie Lucero
mlucero@gtu.edu
2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709
510-649-2437

Deputy Coordinator (for students): 

Wendy M. Arce, PhD Associate Dean of Students, warce@gtu.edu
2465 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
510-649-2440

Deputy Coordinator (for faculty and staff):

Sylvie Tisnado
Manager of Human Resources
stisnado@gtu.edu
2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709 
510-649-2577.

If you have been the victim of sexual misconduct, we encourage you to call 911 and report it to the Berkeley Police Department. You may also report the matter to one of the coordinators listed above. In either case you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

For more information, please refer to the GTU's Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Administrative Policies and Procedures document (linked below).

Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Updated September 23, 2020

The GTU's Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Administrative Policies and Procedures document (linked below) comprehensively explains the policies and procedures when addressing prohibited sexual misconduct and issues related to Title IX, the Campus SaVE Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. 

Title IX

Title IX refers to a section of the Education Amendments of 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at schools that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students and other persons at the GTU are subject to and protected by this policy, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part- or full-time status, disability, race, national origin or other protected category, in all aspects of the GTU’s educational programs and activities.

GTU Non-Discrimination Policy

The GTU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, medical condition, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law in its programs or activities. The GTU prohibits unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence and will respond to complaints of potential violations of Title IX by conducting a prompt and thorough investigation and conducting an adjudicatory hearing when warranted.

Prohibited Conduct

As a community of scholars devoted to research, learning and teaching, the GTU is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, and intimidation. Every member of the GTU community should be aware that such behavior is prohibited by law and school policy. The GTU will not tolerate sexual misconduct or harassment in any form, including acquaintance or date rape or violence, sexual assault, stalking or domestic violence. The GTU will take appropriate action to prevent, correct, and discipline behavior that is found to violate school policy or laws proscribing such activity.

The GTU's Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Administrative Policies and Procedures document (linked below) extensively defines the forms of sexual misconduct.

Title IX Coordinator

The GTU has a Title IX Coordinator whose responsibility it is to ensure that this policy is followed and all the requirements of Title IX are met. The Title IX Coordinator may have one or more deputy coordinators to assist in the reporting, investigating and determination of findings related to a concern addressed by this document. In dealing with allegations and alleged perpetrators (Respondents) or victims (Complainants) it may be appropriate for the Title IX Coordinator to consult with other GTU offices and departments.

Resources

The GTU encourages all members of the GTU community who believe they have been victims of sexual misconduct to report these incidents to local law enforcement authorities and to seek medical attention where appropriate.

The GTU also encourages all members of the GTU community to report any incident(s) of possible sexual misconduct to the GTU under this policy and to get help from as many resources as possible.

For Emergency Needs:

  • 911 – Police
  • City of Berkeley Police Department: Emergency 510-981-5911
  • Rape Crisis Center 24-hour helpline: 800-670-7273
  • Bay Area Women Against Rape 24-hour hotline: 510-845-7273
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)

Other Resources:
GTU does not maintain an on-campus counseling center or staff with professional qualifications to provide counseling. There are however, other services available in the Berkeley area, including:

  • Bay Area Women Against Rape provides free 24-hour comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault. Website: http://www.bawar.org Telephone: 510-845-7273 or 510-845-RAPE.
  • Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital Sexual Assault Center, 1411 E. 31st Street, Oakland provides 24-hour assistance, including medical treatment and examination, advocacy and counseling support for victims of sexual assault. Website: http://www.highlandahs.org/our-services/specialty-services/medical-couns.... Telephone 510-437-4688.
  • City of Berkeley Adult Clinic, 2640 Martin Luther King Jr. Way 510-981-5290.
  • City of Berkeley Domestic Violence Crisis Line 510-562-3731.
  • City of Berkeley Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) is available every day from 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM at 510-981-5254.
  • East Bay Crisis Support Services and Suicide Prevention 800-309-2131.
  • Men Overcoming Violence, 1385 Mission Street, Suite 300, San Francisco 415-626-6704.

There are also several national organizations that may be able to provide the GTU community with important information and assistance:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline, 800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Stalking Resource Center, 202-467-8700
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, 866-331-9474

Off Campus Counseling Services:
While there are many Bay Area resources for counseling services, two counseling centers may be of interest to the GTU community.

The Interfaith Counseling Center of the Bay Area http://interfaithcc.org/ offers a variety of services including psychotherapy, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and other counseling services. Trained and licensed therapists and counselors are available. Reduced fees may be available to GTU students, faculty, staff and families. There are two Bay Area locations. An office is located in San Anselmo at 15 Austin Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 and may be reached at 415-256-9701. In Berkeley the offices are at Durant House at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94709 and may be reached at 510-225-5595

4614 California, formerly the California Counseling Institute, is a collective of psychotherapists in private practice who share in a mission to aid the healing transformation of individuals, couples, and families from all backgrounds through the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. 4614 California is not itself a business, but rather it is a place for independently operating therapists to work in community. 4614 California has offices in San Francisco at 4614 California Street and in Kensington at 4562 Oakview Avenue. Call 415-379-4591 to speak with someone to set up an appointment or visit http://www.4614california.com/.

Confidential Discussion Options:
Persons who would like to speak to someone in confidence about an experience of sexual misconduct or about another’s experience of sexual misconduct, should contact off-campus rape crisis counselors, domestic violence resources, private agencies, external mental health agencies and external clergy members.

How to Report a Concern

The GTU's Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Administrative Policies and Procedures document (linked below) explains the detailed procedure for reporting a concern.

The GTU encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and law enforcement as soon as possible after an incident that may be sexual misconduct. Prompt reporting helps to ensure preservation of evidence and facilitates the identification and location of witnesses. The GTU encourages anyone who has been a victim of conduct prohibited by this policy to report concerns immediately. Complaints should be filed as soon as possible.

  • A report of sexual misconduct or a Title IX concern may be reported in a variety of ways, including:
  • Reporting directly to the GTU’s Title IX Coordinator or one of the Deputy Coordinators, either in person, by telephone, by mail, or by email (address and contact information is provided at the end of this policy)
  • Submitted, anonymously or otherwise, on the third party website designed to host comprehensive and confidential reporting at https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/33916/index.html
  • By calling a toll free number to submit a report: 855-433-9924

The GTU will promptly review and thoroughly consider all reports of incidents that may be sexual misconduct, violations of Title IX, or other matters addressed in this policy. The GTU will consider all complaints, and the GTU will take prompt action to investigate and resolve all complaints, and to prevent, correct and discipline behavior that is found to violate this policy, where appropriate, in the judgment of the GTU.

The making of a report or complaint under this policy is independent of any criminal investigation or proceeding that may take place by governmental authorities or law enforcement, and both the GTU and criminal investigations may be pursued simultaneously.