Cecilia Quiroz M.Ed. – Title IX Coordinator & Compliance Officer
In January 2016, Cecilia Quiroz joined CAC as the coordinator for CAC’s corporate center in Casa Grande. She then assumed the responsibilities of the Director of Student Affairs-CCC and Title IX District Wide Programming in July 2017 was appointed Central Arizona College’s Title IX Coordinator & Compliance Officer, housed at the Maricopa campus. Her primary role within the Title IX Office is to oversee the investigation and resolution of all student-related matters involving sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence. Cecilia has been in the higher education field for the past 27 years primarily in Student affairs and as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice and Psychology. She has a BS in Criminology and Psychology Criminal Justice from ASU, a M.Ed. in Human Relations from NAU and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Psychology with NCU. Some of her previous posts include, student veterans affairs liaison, member of the CAC staff, bringing with her a wealth of experience in many realms of community college higher education.
(480) 677-7780 (Office)
Elizabeth Tarango-Program Assistant
In July of 2018, Elizabeth joined CAC as a part time program assistant housed at the SMC campus. Elizabeth comes with compliance experience in the K-12 educational area and a deep understanding of Behavioral heath experience from previous working experience in the heath settings.
Allegations under the policy on nondiscrimination are resolved using the Equity Resolution Process (ERP). Members of the ERP team are trained in all aspects of the resolution process, and can serve in any at the direction of the Title IX Coordinator.
Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. They are “individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. We want to promote a culture of community accountability where bystanders are actively engaged in the prevention of violence without causing further harm.
Sexual assault is an act of violence. Sexual assault should not happen in a learning environment, but it can, even with people you know and trust. Most sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances. This is sometimes referred to as acquaintance rape.
Risk Reduction: With no intent to victim blame and recognizing that only abusers are responsible for their abuse, the attachment list strategies to reduce one’s risk of sexual assault or harassment.
CAC Title IX Office provides reporting party’s rights in the below attached document.
CAC Title IX Office provides responding party’s rights in the below attached document.
Central Arizona College affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise. All policies below are subject to resolution using the College’s Equity Resolution Team (ERP). When the responding party is a member of the College community, the ERP is applicable regardless of the status of the reporting party who may be a member or non-member of the campus community, including students, student organizations, faculty, administrators, staff, guests, visitors, campers, etc.
The procedure described in the link apply to all allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment, or discrimination on the basis of protected class involving students, staff, and faculty members, with the exception of probationary employees who do not have appeal rights. These procedures may also be used to address collateral misconduct occurring in conjunction with or involving the same parties as harassing or discriminatory conduct (e.g.: vandalism, physical abuse or another, etc).
Reporting My Assault to Central Arizona College
CAC students now have two options for reporting incidents of sexual or relationship violence to the Title IX office. They can utilize these two online forms to assist: Incident Reporting Form and Harrassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Complaint Form.
The above listed forms are an online platform that allows you to document your experience with unwanted sexual conduct or relationship violence, time-stamp it in a secure web environment, and choose whether and when to submit it to CAC as a formal report.
Students who have decided that they want to submit a formal report and all faculty and employees who are mandated reporters of incidents of sexual violence and harassment should contact Cecilia Quiroz Title IX Coordinator at TitleIX@centralaz.edu or (520) 494-6456.
Reports emailed to the Title IX Office should include the following information if known (and don’t worry if you don’t have all of this information as is often the case):
- Your name
- Name of accused student
- Approximate date and time that assault occurred
- Where assault occurred
- What happened (or what you think happened if you were asleep or incapacitated)
- Whether you are asking for immediate help from the Title IX Office such as:
- A no contact order
- Housing accommodations
- Academic accommodations
What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (sex). Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating or domestic) violence and stalking.
What are CAC’s obligations when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?
If CAC knows or in the exercise of reasonable care should know about student-on-student sexual harassment including sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires the College to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred (subject to confidentiality considerations). If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment including sexual violence created a hostile environment, the College must then take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects on the victim and College community.
Who is Central Arizona College’s Title IX Coordinator?
Cecilia Quiroz M.Ed. – Title IX Coordinator & Compliance Officer
What are the reporting obligations of residential staff (RA) when they have notice and/or receive a report of a Title IX related incident?
All Central Arizona College employees, including student staff, must report all Title IX related concerns to their Residence Director. The Residence Director will then promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator of the incident and meet with the Reporting Party to assist with immediate safety measures and other necessary and appropriate interim measures (e.g., housing, academic) in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator.
What if the Reporting party requests confidentiality?
If a reporting party requests to remain confidential, CAC will give serious consideration to that request. Only in rare circumstances will CAC proceed to a Title IX investigation against the wishes of the reporting party. Generally, CAC will seek to honor the request of the reporting party not to proceed to a Title IX investigation and to remain confidential and will not proceed to a formal Title IX investigation without the consent of the reporting party. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a number of factors in deciding whether the request can be honored, including the age of the Reporting party, whether there is evidence of a pattern of misconduct, the severity of the misconduct, and whether there is a safety risk to the Reporting party or to the CAC community. Should CAC, in weighing such factors, determine it must proceed, CAC will explain its rationale to the Reporting party and make sure that the Reporting party is offered a support person throughout the process. The Reporting party will not be required to participate in the process as a prerequisite to CAC’s proceeding.
Who can a student contact if he or she wants to discuss a Title IX related concern in a confidential manner?
Confidential consultations about sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating and domestic) violence and stalking are available from persons who, by law, have special professional status (mental health professionals and clergy). A CAC student may contact the following offices for confidential advice and help:
Title IX Coordinator Office
Cecilia L. Quiroz
Against Abuse, Inc.
Casa Grande, AZ
Resource listing for:
Serving women and children
24 hour crisis line
Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA)
Apache Junction, AZ
Resource listing for:
comprehensive victim services/emergency/shelter
Horizon Human Services
Casa Grande, AZ
Resource listing for:
Pinal County Domestic Violence Coalition
Casa Grande, AZ
Resource listing for:
Pinal County Resources for Domestic Violence
Resource listing for:
courts/counseling/shelters/safe houses/information resources/legal services/orders of protection/injunctions against harassment/victim services
What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student when he or she reports a Title IX related incident?
Upon a report of a Title IX concern, CAC will work with the Reporting party to put interim measures in place to ensure a safe, hostile free environment for the student. Following an investigation and a determination that conduct prohibited by Title IX occurred, more permanent accommodations and safety measures may be implemented. Accommodations and safety measures (including interim measures) could include:
No contact or order of protection letters
Limitation on extracurricular or athletic activities
Removal from CAC community
Other appropriate actions as necessary
A CAC student may contact a Residence Director, RA’s and/or the Title IX office.
What is the purpose of the Student Title IX Process?
The purpose of a Title IX investigation pursuant to CAC’s Title IX Investigation and Hearing Process is to determine:
Whether accommodations for the Reporting party need to be put in place to redress the effects of Prohibited Conduct;
Whether accommodations or safety measures should be put in place to ensure the safety of the community;
Whether the conduct warrants a Hearing by the Equity Resolution Processing team for discipline; and
Whether any changes to policies, practices or training should be considered and implemented.
You can learn more by contacting the Title IX Office at (520) 494-6456 or TitleIX@centralaz.edu
Who can a student contact if he or she has been accused of Title IX prohibited conduct?
A student who has been accused of Title IX prohibited conduct can contact a Residence Director, or the Title IX office. Confidential support also is available from community resources through the Title IX office.
How can a member of the community make a complaint to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education when a community member believes that CAC has not followed Title IX?
For more information on your rights to submit a Title IX Discrimination Complaint, please review the information provided by OCR.
Central Arizona College encourages all members of the Community to be Active Bystanders against sexual violence.
Learn to recognize the signs of danger and develop plans to keep each other safe. Commit to being an Active Bystander.
Some simple steps to becoming an Active Bystander
• Notice the situation. Be aware of your surroundings.
• Interpret it as a problem. Do I recognize that someone needs help?
• Feel responsible to act. See yourself as being part of the solution to help.
• Know what to do. Educate yourself on what to do.
• Intervene safely. Take action but be sure to keep yourself safe.
How to Intervene Safely
• Tell another person. Being with others is a good idea when a situation looks dangerous.
• Ask a person you are worried about if they are okay. Provide options and a listening ear.
• Distract or redirect individuals in unsafe situations.
• Ask the person if they want to leave. Make sure that they get home safely.
• Call the police (911) or someone else in authority or yell for help.
What can my friends and I do to be safe?
Take care of each other. Remember these tips when you are out…
Have a plan.
Talk with your friends about your plans BEFORE you go out. Do you feel like drinking? Are you interested in hooking up? Where do you want to go? Having a clear plan ahead of time helps friends look after one another.
Go out together.
Go out as a group and come home as a group; never separate and never leave your friend(s) behind.
Watch out for others.
If you are walking at night with friends and notice a woman walking by herself in the same direction, ask her to join you so she doesn’t have to walk alone.
If you see a friend coming on too strong to someone who may be too drunk to make a consensual decision, interrupt, distract, or redirect the situation. If you are too embarrassed or shy to speak out, get someone else to step in.
Trust your instincts.
If a situation or person doesn’t seem “right” to you, trust your gut and remove yourself, if possible, from the situation.
Bringing in the Bystander® is a registered trademark of the University of New Hampshire on behalf of Prevention Innovations.
On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”), which focuses of improving the criminal justice response to violence against women. VAWA enhanced accountability for Colleges to educate students and prevent gender based violence. Additional rights were afforded to campus victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
COMMITTED TO SAFETY
CAC is committed to fostering an environment in which all members or our campus community are safe, secure, and free from sexual misconduct of any form, including but not limited to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The college expects all interpersonal relationships and interactions be grounded upon mutual respect, open communications, and clear consent.
EDUCATION AND PREVENTION
CAC will present primary prevention and awareness programs for new students and new employees, in addition to on-going awareness campaigns related to prevention of sexual assault dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking for all students and employees.
The See something/Say something was chosen as the bystander intervention program to educate students on ways to proactively help others while ensuring their own safety and well-being.
Training for all college employees will be provided on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assaults, and stalking. This training will be based on the requirements under VAWA, Title IX and the Clery Act.
CAC strongly encourages all individuals to report incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to college officials and police. Individuals may report incidents to the CAC Police or the Title IX Coordinator.
The college will provide resources to support persons who have been victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Click here to view the available resources.
If an individual reports to you that they are a victim of a crime, please follow the procedures provided during training. Provide the individual with an informational resources brochure and complete the CAC Campus Crime Report.
The college will provide programs that promote awareness and avert domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus and in our community. Initial programming will be directed at all new students and employees, followed by on-going programs directed to all students and employees in culturally relevant training including:
• Awareness programming on dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.
• Risk-reduction strategies designed to promote healthy behaviors/relationships and recognize early warning signs of abusive behavior.
• Prevention programs to avert acts of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
• Safe and positive Bystander intervention education and training.
• On-going college prevention and awareness campaigns.
The key concepts to promote awareness and avert domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus and in our community can contact Cecilia Quiroz, Title IX Coordinator at 520-494-6456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pregnant and Parenting Students’ Rights: FAQs for Central Arizona College Students
If you are a pregnant or parenting student, you should know that under Title IX, you have a right to stay in school so you can meet your education and career goals. Below are answers to frequently asked questions from students in post-secondary schools, including colleges, community colleges, universities, for-profit institutions, trade schools, etc.
How does Title IX apply to pregnant or parenting students?
Classifications based on pregnancy1 are a form of sex discrimination, and Title IXs implementing regulations make it clear that schools may not exclude pregnant or parenting students from any educational program or otherwise discriminate against them2 . The regulations specifically prohibit “apply[ing] any rule concerning a student’s actual or potential parental, family, or marital status which treats students differently on the basis of sex3 ”. The regulation requirements assure equitable treatment of pregnant and parenting students.
(1) 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a); (2) 34 C.F.R. § 106.40(b) (1); (3) 34 C.F.R. § 106.40(a)
Your professors or administrators should not tell you that you have to drop out of your classes or program or change your educational plans due to your pregnancy.
Does my school have to excuse my absences due to pregnancy, childbirth, or abortion?
Your school must excuse your absences due to pregnancy or any related conditions for as long as your doctor says it is necessary for you to be absent. This is true even if there is no leave policy for students with other conditions. When you return to school, you must be reinstated to the status you held before your leave. The school can require you to submit a doctor’s note only if that is required of students with other medical conditions.
My professor adjusts grades based on class attendance. Can she lower my grade because of the classes I miss?
You cannot be penalized for pregnancy or other related conditions. If a professor provides specific “points” or other advantages to students based on class.
Where do I start to figure out whether or not my school is violating Title IX?
- A good first step in measuring your school’s compliance is to compare how they treat pregnant students to how they treat students with other temporary disabilities. Under Title IX, schools must offer pregnant students the same benefits they offer to students with other temporary medical conditions.
- One exception to this rule is absences – Title IX requires that schools excuse absences due to pregnancy and related conditions, regardless of the school’s absence policy.
- Your school is required to designate a Title IX Coordinator who should be able to answer questions for you about Title IX and pregnancy.
- Some states and school districts have their own laws that provide other protections, or even support services, for students. You should talk to a lawyer to find out what policies apply in your area.
Attendance, you must be given the opportunity to earn back the credit from classes you miss due to pregnancy, so that you can be reinstated to the status you held before you took leave.
Does my school have to let me make up the work I missed while I was absent?
Yes, your school must let you make up the work you missed while you were out due to pregnancy or any related conditions, including recovery from childbirth.
For example, if you have a doctor’s note that excuses you from class for several weeks because you were on “bed rest” before giving birth, your school has to provide you with the appropriate assignments and information to make up all of the work you would have been required to complete while you were out. For an extended absence, it is best if your school provides you with the work you miss regularly, so you do not fall far behind.
But what if my school says that absence or make-up work policies are up to each individual professor?
While that may be the school’s practice, the school administration and professors are bound by federal civil rights law. Title IX requires that schools ensure that all faculty and staff comply with the law and do not discriminate against pregnant and parenting students. An individual professor’s policy is not okay if it breaks the law.
CAC will ensure that the policies and practices of individual faculty are aligned with Title IX regulations and do not discriminate against pregnant students
Does my school have to provide special academic services to me, like tutoring?
Title IX requires that schools provide pregnant students with any special services they provide to students with temporary disabilities. If students with temporary disabilities get at-home tutoring to help them keep up with work they miss when absent, the school must provide students who miss class because of pregnancy or childbirth with the same benefit.
What about internships, career rotations, and other off-campus elements of my program – do I have a right to participate in those?
Yes. Your school must allow you to continue participating in off-campus programs. For example, if your program provides opportunities to “work in the field” your school cannot deny you participation based on your pregnancy. The school cannot require a Doctor’s note for continued participation, unless the school requires one for all students who have a medical condition that requires treatment by a doctor. If they do ask for a note, they cannot second-guess your doctor’s decision.
Classmates and even professors have made offensive comments to me about my pregnancy. Should I complain to the school about it?
Title IX requires schools to prevent and address sex-based harassment, including harassment based on pregnancy. If you experience this sort of treatment at school, you should seek help immediately. The law prohibits the school from retaliating against you for making a complaint or raising a concern.
I have a scholarship – can my school take it back when they find out I am pregnant?
No, schools cannot terminate or reduce athletic, merit, or need-based scholarships based on pregnancy. If you stay in school, you can keep your scholarship.
Do these requirements apply to male students?
The Office of Civil rights recommends that colleges be mindful of male students who are parenting and consider allowing excused absences to take their children to doctor’s appointments or to take care of their sick children.
I want to take a semester off. Can I keep my student status, scholarship, etc.?
Not necessarily – it depends on the leave policy at your school. If you want to take off more time than your doctor says is medically necessary, you will need to consult your school’s non-medical leave policy.
What if I work for the school as a graduate assistant, in addition to being a student? Do I still have the same rights? Do I qualify for maternity leave?
Your rights as an employee are different from your rights as a student. If you work for the school, you may be eligible for family or medical leave, or may qualify for maternity leave under the school’s policy, but that may not include leave from your classes, beyond what is medically necessary.
I am no longer pregnant and/or have already graduated – is there anything I can do about the discrimination I experienced as a pregnant student?
You may still have options. Contact your Title IX Coordinator, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, or the National Women’s Law Center to learn more. Even if it is too late for you, you can help us ensure that women who find themselves in your shoes do not run into the same barriers.
I want to return to school 3 days after I have the baby, so I don’t fall too far behind, but my department head thinks I should take more time off to recover. What should I do?
Your school must leave it up to you and your doctor to decide when you can return. While the school must offer to excuse more leave than that (under Title IX your absence must be excused for as long as your doctor says is medically necessary), no one can force you to take more leave just because they think it would be better for you (or your baby). In addition, the school cannot have a rule that prohibits students from returning to classes for a set period of time after childbirth.
Safehouse is a collaboration between, Title IX, Dean of Student Life and Residential Housing. The program provides short-term housing assistance to students who are unexpectedly displaced from their homes. Students must meet with the Title IX Coordinator for a basic needs assessment, and may qualify for up to 14 days in the residence halls. Al applicants interested in more information, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 520-494-6456 or 480-677-7780.
****OPEN DURING FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS ONLY****
In recognizing that basic needs are significant part of a student’s wellness and ability to accomplish timely graduation. Through the emergency housing initiative, we hope to provide support to students who are housing displaced during the semester. Student emergency housing is a short-term crisis support and not designed to be a permanent solution. Emergency housing is offered for up to 14 days during the Fall and Spring semesters only. Acceptance to emergency housing is based on availability in our resident’s halls, and applications are subject to review by the Resident Life Director. Students who qualify and are approved to utilize emergency housing must abide by all existing rules and regulations of resident halls, no exceptions. At this time, safe housing in the resident halls is limited to individuals; we are not able to accommodate families or pets. Conduct history will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Participants in the Safehouse program will be required to meet with the Title IX coordinator on a weekly basis to develop a plan for improving the crisis situation and to further support the student in their graduation goals.
Student Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled at Central Arizona College. Student must be in need of emergency housing due to a Title IX concern (VAWA/Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner relationship violence). Student must be able to demonstrate their qualifying emergency, supporting documentation is helpful if possible (police report, incident report, referral by CAC employee).
1. Complete Application Form with supporting documentation (proof of enrollment).
3. If accepted, you will meet with Resident Life Director and begin their application process. Please note: you will be held to the same rules and regulations as all students who reside in resident life.
Selection: You will be notified by the Title IX Coordinator of your approval to have emergency housing.
Questions may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator 520-494-6456 or 480-677-7780, or Dean of Student Life 520-494-5345.