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Complaint of Sexual Harassment

Sexual Misconduct (Resources for Faculty, Students and Staff)

It is the policy of Caltech to provide a work and academic environment free of unlawful harassment and retaliation.  Harassment is the creation of a hostile or intimidating environment in which inappropriate conduct, because of its severity and/or persistence, is likely to interfere significantly with an individual’s work, education, or living conditions.

Sexual harassment is a Title IX violation as well as a violation of Caltech’s Unlawful Harassment Policy.  Sexual harassment is taken very seriously by the Institute.  Caltech has a responsibility to address, end and protect the community from harassment.  There are several courses of action available to address complaints of unlawful harassment, each with different consequences and implications with respect to confidentiality and resultant action.

Informal Option:

An individual who believe that he or she has been harassed may choose to resolve his or her concerns informally. 

  • The goal of the informal option is to quickly end offending behavior without utilizing disciplinary action. 
  • Individuals with an official status at Caltech, such as faculty, managers or supervisors are expected to follow up with the complainant to make sure that the issue has been resolved.
  • For more information on Informal options for resolving unlawful harassment, please see Caltech’s unlawful harassment policy

Formal Action:

A formal complaint is a request that Caltech take action. 

  • The complainant may file a formal complaint by reporting the offending conduct to individuals listed in the Policy (and below). 
  • The complaint is then taken to the appropriate person or office so that the Institute can initiate an investigation about incident(s). 
  • Caltech will not delay its investigations of complaints of inappropriate behavior because of a law enforcement investigation. 

Anonymous reports

Concerns about possible harassment may also be reported anonymously by calling the Caltech compliance hotline at (626) 395-8787 or (800) 395-8787 or the JPL Ethics hotmail at (818) 354-9999 or (866) GOJPLEP, or by submitting a report complaint via the hotline contact form

Anyone who witnesses or experiences - or is otherwise aware of conduct that he or she believes to be in violation of the Unlawful Harassment Policy, including retaliation against someone for coming forward or reporting unlawful harassment, is urged to contact Caltech immediately. Reports of Unlawful Harrassment can be made to the following people:

Caltech’s Title IX Coordinator: Felicia Hunt
(626) 395-3132
E-mail: TitleIXCoordinator@caltech.edu
Office: 205 Center for Student Services

Campus:

Provost
Vice Provosts
Deans
Associate Deans
Student Affairs Directors
Master of Student Houses
Director of Employee & Organizational Development (EOD Director)
Employee Relations Consultants
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Division Chairs
Division Administrators

JPL:

Director for Human Resources
Deputy Director for Human Resources
Employee Relations Manager
Employee Relations Consultants
Other JPL Managers

Sexual Violence Complaints

All members of the Caltech community have the right to be treated, and the responsibility to treat others, with dignity and respect.  These principals are fundamental to the educational and intellectual mission of Caltech. 

Sexual violence accounts for a broad range of behaviors including:

  • A physical sexual act perpetrated forcibly and/or against a person’s will, or where the person is incapable of giving consent
  • sexual assault,
  • rape,
  • forced sodomy,
  • forced oral contact,
  • statutory rape,
  • sexual assault with an object,
  • sexual battery,
  • exploitation,
  • threat of sexual assault.

Sexual violence can committed by individuals of any gender, or the same gender, strangers, acquaintances, and people involved in intimate or sexual relationships. 

Sexual Violence is a violation of Title IX and Caltech Policies.  Caltech will not tolerate sexual violence.  Caltech actively encourages reporting of violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy and is committed to responding promptly, and thoroughly investigating all complaint of sexual violence. 

If you – or someone you know – is a victim of sexual violence.  Please get help. Offices and Resources, Emergency Information, Confidential Help  

Caltech will also take steps to remedy the effects and prevent the reoccurrence of the behavior.

Reporting

Any member of the Caltech community who wishes to file a complaint of sexual violence should do so as soon as possible after the assault, although complaints may be filed at any time. Complaints can be made orally or in writing.

Complaints should be brought to the attention of one of the following individuals:

Caltech’s Title IX Coordinator: Felicia Hunt
(626) 395-3132
E-mail: TitleIXCoordinator@caltech.edu
Office: 205 Center for Student Services

Campus:

Provost
Vice Provosts
Deans
Associate Deans
Student Affairs Directors
Master of Student Houses
Director of Employee & Organizational Development (EOD Director)
Employee Relations Consultants
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Division Chairs
Division Administrators

JPL: 

Director for Human Resources
Deputy Director for Human Resources
Employee Relations Manager
Employee Relations Consultants
Other JPL Managers

These individuals will ensure that the complaint reaches the appropriate investigating office. If the respondent is a student, the complaint will be forwarded to the Dean of Students or Dean of Graduate Studies, respectively; if a campus staff or a postdoctoral scholar, to the EOD Director; if a faculty member, to the Provost; and if a JPL employee, to the Director for Human Resources at JPL.  Caltech may initiate an investigation about an incident if it becomes aware that inappropriate conduct may have occurred. Caltech will not delay its investigation of complaints of inappropriate conduct because of a law enforcement investigation. Caltech encourages members of the community to seek the support of law enforcement when there is a report of Sexual Violence.

Concerns about possible violence may also be reported anonymously by calling the Caltech compliance hotline at (626) 395-8787 or (888) 395-8787, the JPL ethics hotline at (818) 354-9999 or (866) G0JPLEO, or by submitting a compliance Hotline Contact Form.  Complaints under Title IX may be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, which can be reached at (415) 486-5555 or ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov or (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov.  Institute Policy on Page 7 of 10 Sexual Violence June 28, 2013   

Resources for the Community

Caltech also offers members of the Caltech community the choice of seeking confidential counseling outside Caltech’s formal mechanisms for resolving unlawful harassment complaints. These confidential counseling services are intended for the personal benefit of the individual and offer a setting where various courses of action can be explored. For a list of confidential resources, please see the Title IX website or or for JPL employees, the JPL Employee Assistance Program website hotline form.

Individuals also may report harassment or violence anonymously by contacting the Caltech Hotline at (626) 395-8787 or (888) 395-8787 or the JPL Ethics Hotline at (818) 354-9999 or (866) G0JPLEO, or by submitting a compliance hotline form. In addition, an employee who believes he or she has been harassed has the right to file a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing which have the authority to remedy violations. Employees, students and others participating in Caltech’s educational programs and activities may file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (415) 486-5555 or ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov or (800) 421-3481 or OCR@ed.gov.

Institute Policy on Page 4 of 10 Unlawful Harassment June 2013

No member of the Caltech community will be retaliated against for making a good-faith report of alleged harassment or for participating in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing conducted by Caltech, or by a state or federal agency.