Bakersfield College

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct

Bakersfield College is committed to fostering a learning environment that is safe, conducive to academic success and supportive of healthy personal development for all members of the campus community. Everyone at BC shares responsibility for maintaining this environment by following university policies and exemplifying respect for others.

In accordance with Title IX, and consistent with BC’s commitment to zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, any type of sexual discrimination is taken seriously and is investigated by the college. Sexual discrimination includes gender inequity as well as all forms of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, and other acts of sexual violence. The College will take prompt action to eliminate the sexual discrimination or misconduct, address its effects, educate the population, and aim to prevent its recurrence.

All college employees, with limited exceptions for those with “legal privilege”, have a duty to report crimes to any of the following offices:

  1. Department of Public Safety 
  2. Department Human Resources 
  3. The Office of Student Life  

Title IX Coordinator

BC’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, as listed below, are responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX standards. These responsibilities include preventing sexual misconduct through education and training, overseeing grievance protocol. Reports regarding any form of sexual misconduct can also be made to the Title IX Coordinator or to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. All concerns and complaints will be taken seriously and addressed promptly.

KCCD Title IX Coordinator

KCCD Title IX Coordinator is the college’s official with responsibility for coordinating BC’s efforts to comply with and carry out our responsibilities under Title IX and all associated regulations, including the investigation of Title IX complaints. The Title IX Coordinator oversees and coordinates the actions of all Deputy Title IX Coordinators.

Tonya Davis  
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
KCCD District Office
2100 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 336-5141

Title IX Deputy

Deputy Title IX Coordinator representing Bakersfield College To file a complaint against a Bakersfield College student, staff, or faculty for sex discrimination or any form of sexual misconduct including harassment, stalking, or assault, you should contact:

Dena Rhoades 
College Human Resources Manager
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Administration Room 17
(661) 395-4850


Other Resources

  1. Not Alone (An official website of the United States Government)
  2. Office for Civil Rights

Sample Syllabus Statement:

Bakersfield College is committed to fostering a safe, productive learning environment. Title IX and the Student Code of Conduct prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, which regards sexual misconduct — including harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. BC understands that sexual violence can undermine students’ academic success and encourages students who have experienced some form of sexual misconduct to talk to someone about their experience, so they can get the support they need. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources, both on and off campus, at As a faculty member, I am obligated to report incidents of sexual misconduct and thus cannot guarantee confidentiality – this is for your safety and to get you the help you may need. I must provide the Human Resources Manager and/or the Director of Student Life with relevant details such as the names of those involved in the incident if I know them. You may seek community resources from the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (661-322-0931). Please know that you can also seek on-campus confidential resources at Student Health and Wellness Center (661-395-4336). If you want to make a formal report, you can contact Human Resources (661-395-4850), the Office of Student Life (661-395-4164), or with the Department of Public Safety (661-395-4554). You can also make a police report to the Bakersfield Police Department (661-327-7111).

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