Student Gender Equity Policy

Student Gender Equity Policy

(Title IX)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), California Education Code 212.5, and the U. S. Department of Education’s implementing regulations prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally financially assisted education programs and activities. Members of the college community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sex stereotypes in education, sexual violence, and sexual harassment. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The college believes in a zero tolerance policy for gender-based misconduct. When an allegation of misconduct is forwarded to the appropriate administrator, and it is found that the policy has been violated, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated. This policy has been established to preserve the principles and to adhere to the regulations set forth within the Title IX. As a condition of receiving Title IV federal funds from the U. S. Department of Education, the college is required to comply with Title IX and the Department’s Title IX regulations. The policy is intended to define the campus community’s expectations of equality and access to a public education. For more information or to file a complaint, contact Vicki Ferguson, Dean of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator, located in the Student Services Center, Room 113, at 510-215-3961.


Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It is a violation of the Federal Civil Rights Statutes of 1964; Title VII of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, as amended; Government Code Sections 12940 (i) and (j) of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act; and Government Code Section 19702 of the State Civil Service Act.

It is the policy of the District to provide an educational environment free from any form of sexual harassment directed at any employee, student, or other person while engaged in business activities for or with the District.

Definition

Sexual harassment is defined as unsolicited and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, physical, or visual conduct of a sexual nature which occurs under any one of three circumstances:

  • Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of any individual’s employment, academic status or progress.
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employee or academic decisions affecting the individual.
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

Procedure – Sexual Harassment Complaint

The District has a responsibility to fully investigate and resolve complaints of sexual harassment. Any person who feels he/she has been sexually harassed may file a discrimination complaint with the Director of Business Services, following the procedures outlined for filing a discrimination complaint.

For more information or to file a complaint, contact Vicki Ferguson, Dean of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator, located in the Student Services Center, Room 113, at 510-215-3961.