Title IX: Sex Discrimination Prevention & Response

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Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the policies of Academy of Art University prohibit sex discrimination in our educational programs and activities as well as our admission and employment practices. Sex discrimination includes, but is not limited to, instances of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Academy of Art University’s prohibition of sex discrimination includes discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, a student's transgender status, pregnancy or parental status. Any instances of sex discrimination or inquiries can be directed to the following people:

Christina Petricca, Title IX Coordinator
79 New Montgomery Street, Room 475
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 618-8021
cpetricca@academyart.edu

Lynda España, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
79 New Montgomery Street, Room 360
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 618-3813
lespana@academyart.edu

Academy of Art University has adopted a revised policy to govern Title IX complaints and procedures. A full copy of the policy is located here:

Academy of Art University Title IX Policy (full)

Academy of Art University has compiled a comprehensive list of resources available to students who live in the community. If you are an online student and are interested in additional resources, please contact the Title IX Coordinator's office for this information.

Appendix B Resources

What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?

Title IX prohibits any type of sex discrimination in our educational programs and activities as well as our admission and employment practices.

Sex discrimination includes, but is not limited to, instances of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Academy of Art University's prohibition on sex discrimination includes discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, a student's transgender status, pregnancy or parental status.

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Who should I contact regarding a Title IX complaint?

You can contact the Campus Safety Department, the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. If the Title IX complaint is also a criminal offense you can also simultaneously notify local law enforcement.

Christina Petricca, Title IX Coordinator
79 New Montgomery Street, Room 475
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 618-8021
cpetricca@academyart.edu

Lynda España, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
79 New Montgomery Street, Room 360
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 618-3813
lespana@academyart.edu

Campus Safety Department
180 New Montgomery Street, Room B-83
415-618-3896 or 415-618-3911

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What if the complainant requests confidentiality?

If a complainant requests confidentiality, every effort will be made to keep the complaint confidential. Providing a complainant with confidentiality may limit the University's ability to fully investigate and respond to the complaint. In rare circumstances, the University will not be able to provide confidentiality to the complainant due to the seriousness of the allegation or the potential risk to other members of the campus community. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a range of factors in determining whether the University can grant a complainant’s request for confidentiality. These factors include the risk the respondent will commit additional acts of sexual or other violence, whether the sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon and whether the report reveals a pattern of perpetration at a given location or by a particular group. If the University is not able to maintain confidentiality it will notify the complainant and will make every effort to keep the matter as private as possible.

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Who can I talk to about a Title IX complaint in a confidential manner?

There are several off-campus clinics and resources available to Academy of Art University students. Below are some local San Francisco crisis centers and clinics:

San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR)
24-hour Rape Crisis Line, collect calls accepted
415-647-RAPE/7273
www.sfwar.org
info@sfwar.org

San Francisco Trauma & Recover/Rape Treatment Center
Medical treatment and counseling, optional police report and evidence collection. Serves adult survivors of trauma, violence and loss through comprehensive care, advocacy and outreach. Spanish and Asian languages spoken.
2727 Mariposa Street, Suite 100 (at Bryant Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 437-3000
415-821-3222 (Business Line)
http://traumarecoverycenter.org/

Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
Serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender communities. 24-hour hotline and counseling for victims of intimate partner violence and hate crimes. Spanish and Asian languages spoken.
415-333-4357 (24-hour crisis line)
http://www.cuav.org/

Child and Adolescent Support Advocacy and Resource Center (CASARC)
Medical treatment, counseling and police report services available. Serves those 17 and under. Confidential calls accepted. Spanish and Asian languages spoken.
415-206-8386 (24-hour crisis line)
http://www.casarc.org/

Woman Organized to Make Abuse Non-Existent (W.O.M.A.N., Inc.)
24-hour domestic violence hotline, in-person counseling, support groups, assistance with restraining orders and acquiring shelter. Spanish and Asian languages spoken.
415-864-4722 (24-hour crisis line)
http://www.womaninc.org/

San Francisco 24-hour Hotline for Mental Health Services
415-255-3737 or 888-246-3333
http://mentalhealthsf.org/help-now/hotline-crisis-supports/

Westside Crisis Clinic
Offers immediate help for those suffering from an emotional crisis 415-355-0311 ext. 5 or 415-431-9000
www.westside-health.org

San Francisco Peer Run Warm Line
Peer counseling providing emotional support and information about mental health resources.
(855) 845-7415
http://mentalhealthsf.org/programs/peer-run-warm-line/

Please see the Resources tab for additional resources available.

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What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student who makes a Title IX report?

Academy of Art University will make every effort to ensure students’ safety whether they are a complainant or a participant in the Title IX complaint process. Safety measures could include, but are not limited to:

  • No contact orders
  • Connecting students to counseling services
  • Academic accommodations
  • Housing accommodations
  • Escort services
  • Other appropriate actions as necessary

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Who can the student contact regarding these safety measures?

You can contact the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator or the Campus Safety Department.

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Where can I learn more about the Title IX process?

You can view the University’s entire Title IX policy here or you can contact the Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator for more information.

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A Title IX Complaint can be filed with any of the following people/departments:

Christina Petricca, Title IX Coordinator
79 New Montgomery Street, Room 475
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 618-8021
cpetricca@academyart.edu

Lynda España, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
79 New Montgomery Street, Room 360
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 618-3813
lespana@academyart.edu

Campus Safety Department
180 New Montgomery Street, Room B-83
415-618-3896 or 415-618-3911

Academy of Art University

#LoveBetter Art Competition

The University is working with the One Love Foundation to host an Art Competition during the spring 2018 semester.  The One Love Foundation was created in memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia Lacrosse player who was killed by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before her graduation.

The theme for the Art challenge this year will be #LOVEBETTER.  The #LoveBetter campaign shines a light on the signs of emotional abuse, defining the gray area between love and control so you know relationship abuse when it happens, and before it escalates. We realize that as important as it is to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship, it is equally important to highlight to signs of a healthy relationship.

You can create a project as an individual, or work with a team, and use any platform that you would like – video, photography, collage, sculpture, song… any way that you would like to get the message across. 

Guidelines for Submissions
  •  The submission must creatively reflect healthy relationship behaviors
  •  #LoveBetter should be visible
  •  If making a video, it should be no longer than 4 minutes
Winner Categories
  • Grand Prize of Favorite Overall Creation
  • Facebook Favorite
  • Sharon Love’s Choice
Submission Timeline

Deadline is end of day May 1st:

  • February 14th: Kick off! 
  • May 1st: Final submissions should be sent to Megan Gray at megan.gray@joinonelove.org  by 5:00pm PT. 
  • May 5th-9th: Internal judging
  • May 9th: Facebook fan favorite judging: All projects will be posted on Facebook for folks to “like” their favorite posts
  • On May 14th : One Love will announce the top creations

Any questions? Contact megan.gray@joinonelove.org