CalArts President Ravi Rajan announces a comprehensive effort to amplify efforts toward awareness and prevention regarding Sexual Respect at CalArts.

CalArts is committed to treating all members of the community with dignity, empathy, and respect. Any individual who is affected by discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct—whether as a complainant, a respondent, or a third party—will have equal access to support and counseling services through the Institute.


CalArts prevents sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment through a holistic approach that emphasizes training and support.

References here invoking Title IX refer to the civil rights law that bans sex-based discrimination — including sexual harassment — in schools that receive federal support.

References here invoking CA Sexual Harassment, refer to California Senate Bill 493 that bans sex-based discrimination-- including sexual harassment--in schools that receive state support.  Among the steps that CalArts undertakes:

  • Training for all new and returning students on consent, healthy relationships and bystander intervention
  • Specific programming designed for residence halls
  • Training for all administrators, faculty members and staff members
  • Tailored training for staff members involved in facilitating grievance processes under Title IX and institutional policies
  • Supportive measures to ensure student safety and security, no matter whether a formal investigation is under way 

Detailed materials on this website are designed to educate, raise awareness and encourage the CalArts community to use the resources available through the Institute.


Sexual Respect Committee

At any time, people can reach the CalArts Sexual Respect committee at sexualrespect@calarts.edu if they have experiences, thoughts and other input that need to be shared right away. This email address is meant to allow the community to contribute ideas, share thoughts, and communicate during this process.

**The information shared via this address will be kept private to the extent possible and used specifically for the work of the committee.**


Title IX is a federal law that prohibits excluding an individual from participating in educational programs and activities based on that person’s sex, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. Sexual and gender-based harassment (including sexual assault and rape) are forms of such discrimination.

For more information, visit Office of Civil Rights Know your IX.

Dionne Simmons
Title IX Coordinator and Director, Community Rights and Responsibilities
Chouinard 113 / (661) 291-3019
titleix@calarts.edu
dsimmons@calarts.edu


California SB 493 is a law that applies to all higher education institutions in California that receive state funding. This law went into effect on January 1, 2022. While the law echoes many Title IX and Clery Act/VAWA § 304 requirements, it also guarantees students additional civil rights protections, some of which create direct conflict with provisions codified in the 2020 Title IX regulations (34 CFR § 106).

Click to read more about the California Senate Bill 493 and Required Policy Updates. 


Annual Report on Sexual Respect at CalArts

This report details the CalArts community’s efforts to strengthen our climate of sexual respect and the prevention of harassment. It is the first in what will become a yearly chronicle of our work in this area, and will include a look ahead to next steps. Importantly, it represents CalArts’ pledge to openness, to accountability and to care for one another.

Annual Report '22    Annual Report '21


On April 22, 2021, CalArts President Ravi Rajan announces a comprehensive effort to amplify efforts toward awareness and prevention regarding Sexual Respect at CalArts. Read his entire letter to the community or watch the video posted above.