Title IX

What is Title IX?

Title IX is part of the Education Amendments of 1972 and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Big Bend Community College is one of those recipients.
“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.” — Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Why is Title IX Important?

Title IX helps to foster safe and respectful college environments that better protect students, faculty, and staff from incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, relationship violence, and abuse.
The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors is our highest priority. Big Bend Community College offers campus community professional staff, resources, training, and policies that help ensure a safe environment on and off campus. With these people, tools, and means in place, we are confident we have created a college in which people can learn and work at their best.


  1. File a report online
  2. File a written complaint
  3. Contact the BBCC Title IX Coordinator:

Kim Garza
Vice President of Human Resources & Labor
Title IX/EO/Section 504 Coordinator
7662 Chanute Street, NE
Building 1400, Second Floor, Room 1449
Moses Lake, WA  98837
Phone:  509-793-2010
Email:  kimg@bigbend.edu


Confidential Support Contacts

Jaime Garza
BBCC Counselor
Phone:  509-793-2030
Email:  jaimega@bigbend.edu

Heidi Gephart
BBCC Counselor
Phone:  509-793-2029
Email:  heidig@bigbend.edu

MariAnne Zavala-Lopez
BBCC Counselor
Phone:  509-793-2028
Email:  mariannez@bigbend.edu


Off-Campus Resources

What Happens After a Report is Made?

  • Confidentiality and privacy maintained to the extent possible.
  • Access to resources provided to both the complainant and respondent.
  • Supportive measures provided to the complainant and respondent.
  • Equitable, impartial, and timely process provided throughout.
  • Retaliation is not tolerated.

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