Title IX Compliance Officer


Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Madera Community College campus strives to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome and comfortable. Our goal to go above and beyond what is required.

If you need to report any issues, please contact our Title IX Coordinator:

Julie Preston-Smith
Dean of Students
Madera Community College 
Email Julie Preston-Smith
(559) 675-4822

For additional information, see the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights resource Know Your Rights: Pregnant or Parenting? Title IX Protects You From Discrimination At School

Reporting Options

Criminal Complaints and Reports

SCCCD Police Department
1940 N. Calaveras
Fresno, CA 93704
9-1-1 (Emergency on/off campus)
559-244-5911 (Non-Emergency)
Ext. 5911 from any campus phone

Madera Police Department
2725 Falcon Drive, Madera, CA 93637
9-1-1 (Emergency on/off campus)
559-675-7770 (Non-Emergency)

Fresno City Police Department
3502 N. Blackstone Avenue
Fresno, CA 93726
Police Contacts
559-621-7000 (Non-Emergency)
9-1-1 (Emergency on/off campus)

Clovis Police Department
1233 5th St.
Clovis, CA 93612
Please call or visit the Clovis Police Department and ask for a complaint form. 
A complaint form can be obtained in any of the following ways: 

  • You can contact us at 559-324-2400 and we will send you a form via regular mail. 
  • We can email you a complaint form you can print, fill out and mail to the department (you will need Adobe reader). 
  • Or you can come into the department and ask for a form at the front counter between the hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

District/College Complaints and Reports

Complaint Form

Confidential Complaints and Reports

Student Reports

MCC - Coordinator, Psychological Services
Dr. Peter Arnold

Employee Reports

Employees on the District’s Health Insurance Plan:
Halcyon Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
24 hour service
559-751-0015 or 888-425-4800
User Name: edcare

*Employees not on the District’s Health Insurance Plan, please see contacts in “Additional Resources and Information” section below.

The College's Responsibilities

  1. Respond promptly and effectively.
    If our college knows or reasonably should know about sexual harassment or sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, the school must take immediate action to eliminate the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Even if you or your parent (in the case of a minor student) does not want to file a complaint or does not request that the college take any action on the student’s behalf, if your college knows or reasonably should know about possible sexual harassment or sexual violence, it must promptly investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. A criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence does not relieve the school of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.
  2. Have and distribute a policy against Sex Discrimination.
  3. Have a Title IX Coordinator.
    The coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

Additional Resources and Information

Rape Counseling Service of Fresno, Inc.

Provides 24-hour crisis line, therapeutic counseling, and court advocacy, information and referrals for children and adults.

259 N. Blackstone, Fresno, CA 937010 
24-Hour Hotline: (559) 222-RAPE (7273) 
Office: 497-2900

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5PM

Marjaree Mason Center

Provides 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, court advocacy, counseling for adults and children and support groups.

1600 “M” Street, Fresno, CA 93721 
24-Hour Hotline: (559) 233-HELP (4357)
Office: (559) 237-4706

Office Hours: Mon.-Thru. 8AM-7PM, Fri. 8AM-5PM

RAINN (National Sexual Assault Hotline)


Carmen Meza Center

Provides 24-hour crisis line, therapeutic counseling, and court advocacy, information and referrals for children and adults.

838 “O” Street, Firebaugh, CA 93622 
24-Hour Hotline: (559) 222-RAPE (7273) 
Office: (559) 659-0232

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5PM

Victim/Witness Assistance Center

Provides court advocacy, counseling referrals, emergency aide, and applications for Victims of Crime compensation funds.

2233 Kern Street, Fresno, CA 92721 
Office: (559) 488-3425

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-5PM

Hope for the Heart

Crisis Text Line: Text “CONNECT” to 741741

Title IX - Rights & Responsibilities

Diversity, Equal Employment Opportunity, & Non-Discrimination

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

Policies and Procedures

In addition to Title IX, State Center Community College District’s Student Code of Conduct along with its Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy prohibit sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence of any kind. Retaliation against anyone who makes a complaint, who participates in any complaint-related process, or is perceived to have participated in any complaint related process, is not tolerated.

Administrative Regulations

Student Code of Conduct

  • Administrative Regulation 5500 - Standards of Conduct
  • Administrative Regulation 5520 - Student Discipline Procedures

Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies

  • Administrative Regulation 3410 - Nondiscrimination
  • Administration Regulation 3430 - Prohibition of Harassment
  • Administrative Regulation 3435 - Discrimination and Harassment Complaints

The Process

State Center Community College District has equitable procedures in place to promptly, thoroughly and fairly address concerns and complaints of harassment or discrimination, while being mindful of the rights of all parties. Both parties have an opportunity to meet (separately) with the Title IX Investigator to present their perspectives, provide witnesses or other information, to bring a representative to their meetings, to ask questions, and to seek clarification.

After a review of the information and facts of the complaint, the Title IX investigator will submit an investigation report with findings to college administration who will decide whether it is more likely than not that a violation of code or policy took place, and if appropriate, will issue sanctions. All parties will receive options for appeal.

Interim actions may be taken before any decisions on the alleged conduct are made. These are short-term, remedial measures to ensure the safety of all individuals involved and the fairness of the complaint process. These can include, but are not limited to no-contact orders, changes to on-campus housing, changes to class schedules or class activity, and suspension.

Your Rights

  • The college/district must conduct an adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation.
  • You have the right not to report to law enforcement.
  • You have the right to present witnesses and evidence.
  • You have the right to have a representative with you during any meetings.
  • The college/district must resolve the complaint based on a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard (what they think is more likely than not to have happened) or a clear and convincing evidence standard.
  • You have the right to be notified in writing of the general outcome of the complaint, any appeal rights, and any sanctions that directly relate to you.
  • You have the right to have any proceedings documented, which may include written findings of fact, transcripts, or audio recordings.
  • You have the right not to “work it out” with the alleged perpetrator in mediation.
  • The college/district must provide remedies as necessary.

Important notice to students regarding your rights under Title IX regarding pregnancy and childbirth

You should know that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") protects you from discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, and birth-related conditions, including recovery from childbirth. The College has an obligation under Title IX to make accommodations such as excusing absences because of pregnancy and childbirth, and allowing students to make up assignments, exams, and classroom exercises missed due to pregnancy or birth-related conditions.

If you need such an accommodation because of your pregnancy or birth-related condition, discuss it as soon as possible with your instructor. Your instructor should contact the College's Title IX coordinator to consult on the appropriate accommodation. You can also directly contact the College's Title IX Coordinator.

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