Title IX - Get Help and Support

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Kaua`i Community College encourages anyone who needs help or has experienced sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and/or gender-based violence to talk to someone, in order to get support, and so the College can respond appropriately.

There are many resources and reporting options available to students and employees, both in Kaua`i Community College and in the community. Any of these resources can work independently or in a coordinated response plan. Learn more about your options on this page, or in the Title IX Resource Guide


ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY

For some, having a confidential place to go to determine their rights and next steps can mean the difference between getting help and staying silent. Please note that only some Kaua`i Community College employees can promise confidentiality

If you want confidentiality, Confidential Resources can provide you confidential advice and support. Even if you first request confidentiality, you retain the right to decide to file a complaint with Kaua`i Community College and/or report the incident to law enforcement.

All other Kaua`i Community College personnel and programs will uphold the privacy of all parties to the extent practicable, but once the College has notice of alleged prohibited behavior, the Title IX Coordinator and other “need-to-know” College employees are obligated to take appropriate action.

Remember that different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain your confidentiality. Before revealing any information, please make sure you understand the reporting obligations of the person you are speaking to.


ABOUT REPORTING

You may choose to report to both Kaua`i Community College and Law Enforcement, one, or neither. These options are available simultaneously, and Kaua`i Community College will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if a criminal investigation occurs. Please be aware that a criminal investigation is separate and distinct from Kaua`i Community College’s institutional response.


I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT: 

Adapted from the Sex Abuse Treatment Center

IF IT JUST HAPPENED TO YOU:

  1. Go to a safe place and reach out to someone you trust for help and support.
  2. You can call the YWCA’s 24-hour sexual assault crisis line at (808) 245-4144. A YWCA crisis counselor can help you with seeking medical care, reporting to the police if you wish, exploring healing paths and therapy options, and address other questions or concerns. 
  3. If you wish, you can call 911 to report the sexual assault to the police.

For more detailed information about sexual violence, including information about helping a friend or loved one; dealing with trauma of sexual assault; and date rape drugs, please visit the Sex Abuse Treatment Center’s Website.


MEDICAL CARE AND EVIDENCE COLLECTION

 To preserve evidence:

  • It is best to not wash, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth (if oral activity took place). But even if you have cleaned up, you can and should still get a medical examination.
  • If you have not changed the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault, keep these on, as they can be collected at the time of the examination. If possible, bring a change of clothing.
  • If you do change, put each article of clothing you were wearing in a separate paper bag and bring everything to the hospital.
  • Do not clean or disturb the physical location where the assault occurred.
  • If you suspect that you were a victim of a rape drug, medical care for testing and collecting evidence as soon as possible is important. These drugs leave your system very quickly.

If you wish that details of an incident be kept confidential, or do not know if you want to or are ready to report an incident to Kaua`i Community College and/or Law Enforcement, speak with the Confidential Advocate or Mental Health Counselor. 

These individuals are on-campus and are available for individuals to discuss incidents and issues related to sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and gender-based violence on a confidential basis. You will be able to confidentially discuss your situation, and receive information, assistance, and resources, while still retaining control of your decision to report an incident to the College and/or Law Enforcement.

Confidential Resources will not disclose information about incidents of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and/or gender-based violence to anyone, including Law Enforcement or the Title IX Coordinators, except in very limited circumstances, such as when failure to disclose the information would result in imminent danger to the individual or others.


CONFIDENTIAL ADVOCATE

The many resources available can sometimes be overwhelming. The Confidential Advocate can provide information, assist with navigating the many options available, and provide improved access to resources. The Confidential Advocate is available to students and employees, and all services are free of charge.  

The Confidential Advocate is a confidential resource, meaning that assistance can be received without placing the College on notice of a specific incident. 

The Confidential Advocate’s services include: 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Keahi Kahui
Confidential Advocate & YWCA Crisis Intervention Specialist
Kaua`i Community College, Wellness Center
Phone: *(808) 278-3508 [call or text]
* Phone cannot receive voicemails when off.  If you do not reach Keahi by phone, please contact her by email.
Email: keahi@ywcakauai.org
Hours: Monday (10 am - 2 pm) & Tuesday (9 am - 1 pm)
On-Call Hours: Wednesday (10 am - 2 pm) and Thursday (1 - 5 pm)


MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR 

Visit the Mental Health Counseling webpage

The Mental Health Counselor can provide emotional support as you process the many options available, and can offer confidential personal counseling, consultation, and coaching to help improve mental health and wellness. The Mental Health Counselor is available to students, and all services are free of charge.  

The Mental Health Professional is a confidential resource, meaning that assistance can be received without placing the College on notice of a specific incident. 

The Mental Health Professional’s services include: 

  • Help with adjusting to college life
  •  Assistance with learning healthy ways to cope with stress
  • Treatment for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse
  • Assistance with coping with crisis (including domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and thoughts of suicide)
  • Psychiatric referrals

CONTACT INFORMATION

Brian Kohatsu
Kaua`i Community College Mental Health Counselor & Confidential Resource
Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201D
Phone: (808) 245-8314
Email: kohatsub@hawaii.edu
Hours: Monday (12:45 pm - 2:45 pm); Wednesday & Friday (12:45 pm - 4:30 pm)

Kaua`i Community College has a Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, and a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees who address issues of sex discrimination and gender-based violence, receive complaints and oversee the College’s compliance with Title IX.

To report an incident involving sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence, to Kaua`i Community College:


ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY

Reporting/sharing information with the Title IX Coordinators and/or filing an online report WILL put Kaua`i Community College on notice of an allegation.

The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are not confidential sources of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. For confidential assistance, please contact a Confidential Resource

If the Title IX Coordinators are informed of a report of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and/or gender-based violence, they are required to follow up on the report to determine the appropriate response, which could include a formal investigation. However, you will not be forced to participate or share information.


ABOUT ANONYMOUS REPORTING

If you file an online report, you will have the option to submit an anonymous report. Please be aware that depending on the level of information reported about the incident or the individuals involved, Kaua`i Community College’s ability to investigate or respond to an anonymous report may be limited. In reviewing and/or investigating your complaint, the College will take whatever steps it deems appropriate under the circumstances.


    TITLE IX COORDINATORS

    Teresa Tumbaga
    Title IX Coordinator
    Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201C
    3-1901 Kaumuali’i Highway
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 245-8395
    Email: tumbagat@hawaii.edu

    Margaret Sanchez
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
    Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201B
    3-1901 Kaumuali’i Highway
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 245-8274
    Email: masanche@hawaii.edu

    JoRae Baptiste
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
    Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 106H
    3-1901 Kaumuali’i Highway
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 245-8323   
    Email: jorae@hawaii.edu


    SUPPORT SERVICES 

    Regardless of whether you elect to pursue a complaint with the College or a criminal complaint with Law Enforcement, and regardless of whether the incident occurred on or off-campus, the Title IX Coordinators are here to support you. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators can provide you with verbal and written information and referrals.

    To the extent of your comfort level, campus offices will work cooperatively to ensure that your health, physical safety, and academic status are protected. Designated campus resource offices will work with you to prevent harassment from continuing and perhaps escalating, and provide any other reasonable support necessary to continue your education at Kaua`i Community College.

    Examples of interim measures that may be provided (if appropriate and reasonably available) include:

    • No-contact orders
    • Campus security escort services
    • Non-retaliation notices
    • Counseling
    • Changes in class schedules
    • Safety plans

    The decision to report to Law Enforcement is entirely yours. Some survivors say that reporting and seeking justice helped them recover and regain a sense of control over their lives. Understanding how to report and learning more about the experience can take away some of the unknowns and help you feel more prepared.

    Please be aware that a criminal investigation is separate and distinct from Kaua`i Community College’s institutional response. You may choose to report to both Kaua`i Community College and Law Enforcement, one, or neither of these options, depending on your individual decision. These options are available simultaneously, and Kaua`i Community College will cooperate with law enforcement agencies if a criminal investigation occurs.

    Reporting to Law Enforcement will put Kaua`i Community College on notice of an allegation.

    For more information on reporting to Law Enforcement, see RAINN’s (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) website.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Kaua`i Police Department (KPD)
    3990 Kaana Street, Suite 200
    Lihuʻe, HI 96766;
    For Emergency Services, DIAL 911
    For non-emergency services: (808) 241-1711
    KPD Online Reporting System

    Kaua`i Community College has a Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, and a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees who address issues of sex discrimination and gender-based violence, receive complaints and oversee the College’s compliance with Title IX.


    TITLE IX COORDINATORS

    Teresa Tumbaga
    Title IX Coordinator
    Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201C
    3-1901 Kaumuali’i Highway
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 245-8395
    Email: tumbagat@hawaii.edu

    Margaret Sanchez
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
    Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201B
    3-1901 Kaumuali’i Highway
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 245-8274
    Email: masanche@hawaii.edu

    JoRae Baptiste
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
    Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 106H
    3-1901 Kaumuali’i Highway
    Lihue, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 245-8323   
    Email: jorae@hawaii.edu


    WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT A TITLE IX COORDINATOR OR DEPUTY?

    Any student, faculty, or staff member who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of a Title IX Coordinator. You can contact the Coordinator or a Deputy if you:

    • Want to report an incident involving sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence, to Kaua`i Community College
    • Learn of a situation that you feel may warrant a College investigation
    • Have questions about Kaua`i Community College or the University of Hawai‘i’s policies and procedures

    ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY

    Title IX Coordinators and Deputy Coordinators are not confidential sources of support. Reporting/sharing information with the Title IX Coordinators will put Kaua`i Community College on notice of an allegation. 

    While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. For confidential assistance, please contact a Confidential Resource.

    If the Title IX Coordinators are informed of a report of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and/or gender-based violence, they are required to follow up on the report to determine the appropriate response, which could include a formal investigation. However, you will not be forced to participate or share information.


    SUPPORT SERVICES

    Regardless of whether you elect to pursue a complaint with the College or a criminal complaint with Law Enforcement, and regardless of whether the incident occurred on or off-campus, the Title IX Coordinators are here to support you. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators can provide you with verbal and written information and referrals.

    To the extent of your comfort level, campus offices will work cooperatively to ensure that your health, physical safety, and academic status are protected. Designated campus resource offices will work with you to prevent harassment from continuing and perhaps escalating, and provide any other reasonable support necessary to continue your education at Kaua`i Community College.

    Examples of interim measures that may be provided (if appropriate and reasonably available) include::

    • No-contact orders
    • Campus security escort services
    • Non-retaliation notices
    • Counseling
    • Changes in class schedules
    • Safety plans

    REPORT AN INCIDENT

    To report an incident involving sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence, to Kaua`i Community College:

    Kaua`i Community College is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment. As part of this commitment, the College has its own security services. The Campus Public Safety Department (CPSD) handles daily responses to incidents, emphasizes crime prevention and encourages education of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to ensure a safe and secure college environment. 

    Campus Security Officers are not police officers and have no police authority. Services they can provide include:

    • Temporary escorts when personal safety has been threatened
    • Safety standby until proper authorities respond
    • Night escorts to parking lots when requested
    • A safe location to await authorities

    ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY

    The Campus Public Safety Department is not a confidential source of support, and your information will be shared with the Title IX Office. Reporting/sharing information with the Campus Public Safety Department will put Kaua`i Community College on notice of an allegation. Additionally, Kaua`i Community College must use the information when compiling and publishing annual statistics for certain crimes reported that occur on or adjacent to Kaua`i Community College properties

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Campus Public Safety Department 
    Kaua`i Community College, Fine Arts Auditorium Building, Room 110a
    Phone: (808) 245-8399 [extension 399 from any campus phone]
    Cell Phones: (808) 278-3107 or (808) 278-3108
    Email: mince@hawaii.edu

    The Campus Wellness Center provides confidential services, including health screening, family planning services, sexually transmitted disease (STD) screenings, care of common illnesses, immunizations, and stress reduction and emotional care. 

    Visit the Campus Wellness Center webpage for more information.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Campus Wellness Center
    Kaua`i Community College
    Phone: (808) 245-8307
    Fax: 808-245-8255
    Email: wellness@hawaii.edu       

    TITLE IX SYLLABUS TEMPLATES 


    "RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYEES” AND REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES 

    View a Guide for “Responsible Employees” under EP 1.204 

    “Responsible Employees” are University of Hawai‘i employees who are required to share the details of any report of sexual misconduct that they become aware of to the Title IX Coordinator. Responsible Employees are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator, even if the disclosing person asks them not to. In addition, a Responsible Employee who becomes aware of a report but is unsure whether the reported conduct qualifies as prohibited sexual misconduct should still report to the Title IX Coordinator to enable the Coordinator to make an assessment and respond appropriately.

    “Responsible Employees” include all Executive and Managerial employees, individuals or departments designated as Reporting Options, and Faculty. For example, the President, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Associate and Assistant Vice Chancellors, Deans/Directors, Associate and Assistant Deans/Directors, Human Resources Directors, Chief Personnel Officers, and the Chief of the Public Safety Office are “Responsible Employees.”

    All “Responsible Employees” have an integral and important role to ensure that the University fulfills its obligations under Title IX.

    Per EP 1.204, all other employees not designated as Confidential Resources should immediately report alleged prohibited behavior to a Title IX Coordinator.


    EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 

    The Employee Assistance Program (“EAP”) provides confidential, short-term, professional counseling services to employees who may be experiencing personal problems that are affecting job performance.

    Examples of problems the EAP can help address include:

    • Marital/family problems
    • Grief/loss
    • Domestic violence
    • Drug/alcohol misuse
    • Relationship problems
    • Anger problems
    • Job-related issues
    • Stress and emotional problems
    • Other emotional or behavioral problems

    Eligible employees may receive up to a maximum of 3 hours of free counseling. All regular, temporary and exempt employees, casual hires, and 89-day hires are eligible for EAP services. Employees who wish to use EAP services can call to schedule an appointment.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Employee Assistance Program
    Phone: (808) 543-8445
    Toll-Free: (800) 994-3571

    Title IX protects against gender-based harassment, including harassment based on actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

    The University of Hawai`i system, along with Kaua`i Community College, is committed to building an inclusive community that supports and advocates for all students. We welcome all members of our campus community to our campuses: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, māhū and people of all gender identities. All members of our campus community deserve a work and educational environment free from harassment or bullying based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

    For specific information on LGBTQ+ resources, please visit the Kaua`i Community College LGBTQ + Resources webpage

    In addition to the resources available at Kaua`i Community College, there are also local and national resources you may want to consider contacting.

    These resources are provided for informational purposes only. Kaua`i Community College does not endorse these entities, their products or services, and the information contained at these sites does not necessarily reflect the official views of the College.


    KAUA`I COMMUNITY COLLEGE RESOURCE CARD

    View the Kaua`i Community College Resource Card for contact information for numerous community resources, including 24-hour help lines, veteran services, and organizations that can provide assistance with housing/shelter, mental health, food, clothing, and medical services.


    THE YWCA OF KAUA`I

    The YWCA of Kaua`i provides crisis workers 24 hours per day, every day of the year, to help people who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. Contact the YWCA at any time on one of their hotlines for confidential assistance. Crisis workers can meet face-to-face or over the phone to provide support, information, and advocacy, including referrals to locations for examination and treatment, crisis counseling, emotional support, information on your legal rights, and accompaniment to exams or other meetings.

    The YWCA of Kaua`i
    4410 Hardy Street 
    Lihu‘e, HI 96766
    Phone: 24/7 Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline: (808) 245-6362
    24/7 Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: (808) 245-4144
    Email: YWCA online email form


    MALAMA PONO HEALTH SERVICES 

    Malama Pono Health Services mission is to provide individualized, compassionate health care services and education to meet the evolving needs of those on Kaua`i. Their services include: women’s wellness and reproductive health care; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; case management and support services for HIV/AIDS clients; smoking cessation; transgender services; and parenting programs. 

    Malama Pono Health Services
    4370 Kukui Grove Street, Suite 105
    Lihu‘e, HI 96766
    Phone: (808) 246-9577
    Email: info@mphskauai.org


    NATIONAL HOTLINES

    The below organizations can provide information, confidential hotlines, and confidential live chat options.


    VICTIM NOTIFICATION NETWORK

    VINELink is the online portal to VINE, a victim notification network. VINE provides victims and concerned citizens with information about offenders who are currently in custody or who may have recently been released from custody. Access is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the VINE service provides information by phone, email, TTY, and text message where available.

    VINE 
    Phone:  (877) 846-3444; TTY (866) 847-1298


    THE HAWAI‘I STATE JUDICIARY, RESTRAINING ORDERS, AND COURT CASES

    The Hawai‘i State Judiciary’s webpage has information and resources for those representing themselves in a legal action; on restraining orders; and to look up court cases.

    Hawai‘i State Judiciary, Kaua`i (Fifth Circuit)
    Pu`uhonua Kaulike Building
    3970 Ka`ana Street
    Lihu`e, Hawai`i 96766
    Phone: (808) 482-2300