COVID-19 Update: Title IX Coordinators and advocacy services will remain available to our students and employees at this time. However, we encourage students to contact services by email or phone.

What is Title IX?

Title IX Brochure
Title IX Resource Guide ’18
(updated version forthcoming)

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination; sexual harassment and gender-based harassment, including harassment based on actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; sexual assault; sexual exploitation; domestic violence; dating violence; and stalking.

Windward Community College recognizes the inherent dignity of all individuals and hereby declares and reaffirms its commitment to the University’s pursuit of equal education and employment opportunity. If you or someone you know has experienced sex discrimination or gender-based violence, Windward Community College has staff and resources on our campus to support and assist you.

Confidential Resources

To speak with someone confidentially, or to receive information and support in a confidential setting, please see the resources listed below:

Kaahu Alo
Student Life Counselor, Designated Confidential Advocate for Students

Desrae Kahale
Mental Health Counselor

Leslie Cabingabang
UH Confidential Advocacy
Work: 808-348-0432
Campus: Hawai’i Community College, Honolulu Community College, Kapi’olani Community College, Leeward Community College, Mānoa, System, West O’ahu, Windward Community College

The UH Confidential Advocates provide confidential advocacy services and case management to victims* of sex discrimination and gender-based violence (including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, dating and domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault) who are involved in the University system on Oʻahu.

*UH Advocates cannot keep cases confidential if the responding party (alleged perpetrator, offender, or abuser) is an employee, as the University may have a duty to respond. However, the victim’s privacy will be upheld to the extent permitted by law. To explore off-campus confidential options refer to our Community Resources page.

For cases specific to domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking

Getting Help and Support

To make a formal report, you may do so with the online Title IX Reporting Form

Windward Community College is committed to responding promptly and effectively to reports of discrimination based on sex. For questions or concerns regarding sex discrimination or gender-based violence, please contact one of Windward Community College’s Title IX Coordinators.

Karla Silva-Park, LMHC AWI-CH
Title IX Coordinator
Hale Kako‘o 128

Karen Cho
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Hale Alakai 120B

Your Rights

The University strives to provide members of the campus community with fair and equitable resolution processes that include both formal and informal options.

  • Reporting:
    • Reporting parties have the right to notify law enforcement of incidents and to receive assistance from campus personnel in doing so.
    • Reporting parties may decline to report to law enforcement if they so wish.
    • Reporting parties have the right to have their allegations investigated and resolved internally by the institution.
  • Fairness:
    • All members of the campus community have the right to have reported incidents addressed according to the published University procedures.
    • All parties have equal opportunities to have a support person of their choosing or offered by the institution present throughout all resolution proceedings (including intake, interviews, hearings, etc.). This person can be an advisor, advocate, attorney, family member, friend, faculty member, etc.
    • All parties have the right to written notice of the outcome of sexual misconduct resolution proceedings.
    • Reporting parties, their supporters, and witnesses have a right to be free from retaliation.
  • Support:
    • Students have a right to be notified of their ability to access mental health counseling, health, and advocacy services.
    • Students and employees have a right to be notified of on- and off -campus support services.
    • All parties involved in sexual misconduct allegations will receive the information and assistance needed to effectively participate in all proceedings.
    • Reporting parties have the right to seek orders of protection, no-contact orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful orders issues by criminal, or civil courts, and may seek the help of Campus Security in requesting and/or enforcing.

Federal Resources

Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with government authorities:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Seattle Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Telephone: 206-607-1600
FAX: 206-607-1601
TDD: 800-877-8339

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Educational Opportunities Section, PHB
Washington, D.C. 20530
Telephone: 202-514-4092 or 877-292-3804 (toll-free)
Fax: 202-514-8337