Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that was passed in 1972 as part of the Education Amendments. It states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." In essence, Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. This applies to all aspects of education including admissions, financial aid, academics, housing, athletics, and more.

The Grossmont Cayumaca Community College District takes our Title IX obligations seriously. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all community members have equal access to education and activities free from sex discrimination and sexual violence. The Grossmont Cayumaca Community College District Title IX office is a neutral office committed to safety, fairness, trauma-informed practices, and due process. The District Title IX works preventively to prevent discrimination and harassment, receives and responds to reports of misconduct, and will work to remedy and prevent future harm. The District also provides direction and support for the Title IX offices at the District’s two colleges, Grossmont College and Cayumaca College. We assist in implementing Districtwide initiatives and best practices in harassment prevention and response. We also lead or provide investigative support, develop and deliver education and training to Title IX designees and other District partners involved in preventing and responding to sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Grossmont Cayumaca Community College District is committed to fostering an educational environment that is safe and equitable for all. If you have questions about Title IX rights and protections, email Michael.Salvador@gcccd.edu.

Filing a Title IX Report:: GCCCD Title IX Complaint Form 


The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has updated its Title IX policy and procedures to comply with the regulations issues by the U.S. Department of Education in May of 2020. The regulations govern how the District must adjudicate sexual harassment as defined by Title IX. The regulations are effective August 14, 2020, and apply to students and employees. Please reach out to the designated official as listed below consistent with your status.

Employees (all faculty and staff):

Michael Salvador, GCCCD District Director and Title IX Coordinator
8800 Grossmont College Drive, Bldg. 38H
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 644-7039

Lindsay Degen, Human Resources Technician 
District Office 
8800 Grossmont College Drive, Bldg. 80B
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 644-7046


Sara Varghese, Dean of Student Affairs
Grossmont College - Title IX Investigator
8800 Grossmont College Drive, Room 60-203
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 644-7159

Lauren Vaknin, Dean of Student Affairs
Cuyamaca College - Title IX Investigator
900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, Room I-115
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 660-4295