Title IX


Title IX Policies, Reporting and Resources

Cochise College is committed to providing a safe and positive living, learning, and working environment.  The college has a responsibility to ensure that all students, staff, faculty, and visitors can enjoy the benefits and opportunities the college has to offer in an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual assault and harassment, stalking, rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, and/or dating violence.

Dr. Wendy Davis | VP Administration/Title IX Administrator | (520) 515-3623

Policies & Procedures

Admin Policy 1029 Title IX Compliance

No Person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

-Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Cochise College prohibits any discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to include, but not limited to, gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence. Such acts can interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the college’s academic and non-academic programs, an employee’s ability to function in the workplace, or a campus visitor’s ability to utilize the college. Accordingly, these behaviors are strictly prohibited.

All college employees are responsible for reporting violations to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputies. Reports that do not involve students shall be referred to the appropriate authority.

Students, employees, and visitors have the right to report violence, assault, or misconduct involving criminal behavior to local law enforcement authorities; the college strongly encourages victims to report these incidents and will assist upon request; provided, however, that the final decision is that of the victim.

An individual has the right to obtain a no contact or restraining order, or if such an order already exists, enforce such an order. The college shall honor any no contact or restraining order and assist law enforcement in the fulfillment of such an order.

Dr. Wendy Davis | VP Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator | (520) 515-3623

Dr. James “Bo” Hall | Dean of Student Services/Title IX Investigator | (520) 417-4050

Jennifer Graeme | Director of Talent Management/Title IX Deputy | (520) 515-5487

Randy Denney | Director of Occupational Health & Safety | (520) 515-5455

Andi DeBellis | Student Activities Manager | (520) 452-2618

Marisol Avenivas | Director of Residential Student Life | (520) 417-4115

Complaint, Incident Report, Charges

The Vice President for Instruction/Provost delegates responsibility for administering Social Standards to the Dean of Student Services. All alleged violations of Social Standards should be referred to the Dean of Student Services. The Dean shall review complaints and reports pertaining to the alleged violation (s).

Criminal Complaints and Reports

Cochise College Security | (520) 515-5470

Cochise County Sherriff’s Office | (520) 803-3850

Sierra Vista Police Department | (520) 458-3311

Douglas Police Department | (520) 417-7550

Legal Aid

Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Bisbee website | (520) 432-1639

Cochise County Attorney Victim Witness Program website | (520) 432-8700

Domestic Violence

Sierra Vista: Forgach House | (520) 458-9096

Douglas: House of Hope website | (520) 364-2465

Other Cities: Community Partnership of Southern Arizona | (800) 771-9889

Other Cities: Emerge Domestic Violence Bilingual Crisis Hotline |  520-795-4266 / 888-428-0101

College Complaints and Reports

Title IX Coordinator Office | (520) 515-3623

Dean of Students Office | (520) 417-4050

Resources & Information

Resources & Information

Cochise College utilizes a variety of approaches to prevent and redress sex discrimination.  We realize that individual community members who are affected in some way by sex discrimination may benefit from many sources of support and assistance.  It is important that all members of our community know where to turn if they have a concern, need assistance or support, or would like to file a complaint.  We have compiled a collection of resources and information to assist members of the college community.

On Campus Resources

On-Campus Resources

Dean Student Services 520-515-5329

Director Counseling and Advising 520-515-5399

Director Residential Life 520-417-4115

Director Disability Services 520-515-5337

Human Resources 520-515-3623

Campus Security 520-515-5470 / 520-417-4022

Off Campus Resources

Sierra Vista Wellness Connections  (520)-452-0080

Arizona Counseling and Treatment Services (ACTS) Outpatient

Benson: 500 S. Highway 80, Benson, AZ 85602, 520-720-0290

Bisbee: 400 Arizona St., Bisbee, AZ 85603, 520-366-8720

Sierra Vista: 2039 E. Willcox Drive, Suite B, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635, 866-226-9002

SEABHS/Southeast Arizona Behavioral Health Services

Benson: 611 W. Union St., Benson, AZ 85602, 520-586-0800

Sierra Vista: 4755 Campus Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635, 520-458-3932

Willcox: 404 Rex Allen Drive, Willcox, AZ 85644, 520-384-2521

Cochise Family Advocacy Center, Inc. 520-515-4444

Cochise County Victim Rights Coordinator 520-432-8821

Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault

Website 24/7 hotline: 520-327-7273 or toll-free 1-800-400-1001

Title IX Team & Training

Title IX Team

Dr. Wendy Davis, Title IX Administrator

Vacant, Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Bo Hall, Title IX Investigator

Wick Lewis, Title IX Investigator/Advisor

Jen Tagaban, Title IX Investigator/Advisor

Shane Van Bibber, Title IX Investigator/Advisor

Additional advisors to be named.

Contact:
titleix@cochise.edu
520-515-3623

Training Information

Cochise College is a member of ATIXA and the Arizona Title IX Consortium. Training materials can be found at  https://atixa.org/2020-regulations-requirement-posting-of-training-materials/ 

All members of the Title IX team (Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Decision-makers, and Advisors) receive annual training on the following topics:

  1. the definition of sexual harassment in § 106.30,
  2. the scope of the college’s education program or activity
  3. Issues of relevance, including how to apply rape shield provisions
  4. the grievance process including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes
  5. how to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias

In addition, Title IX Coordinators receive training on:

  1. How to use the Title IX Notice and Communication Templates

In addition, Decision-makers receive training on:

  1. The technology to be used at a live hearing
  2. Issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about the complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant

In addition, Investigators receive training on:

  1. Issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence, as set forth in paragraph (b)(5)(vii) of this section
  2. How to conduct a fair and neutral investigation

In addition, Advisors receive training on:

  1. The role of a Title IX Advisor and how they can serve their Advisees

 All materials used to train the members of the Title IX team (Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Decision-makers, and Advisors)

  1. do not rely on sex stereotypes, and
  2. promote impartial investigations and adjudications of formal complaints of sexual harassment