Title IX - Sex Discrimination and Sexual Violence
Title IX is federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual misconduct (such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and stalking). Title IX also prohibits discrimination based on a persons LGBTQIA+ identity, pregnancy or parenting status, or marital status.
Equal Opportunity & Title IX Policy & Procedure Update
We are looking for campus feedback on the proposed edits to the Student Code of Conduct. These edits began with updates to the campus Equal Opportunity and Title IX policy and procedure and have evolved to included the entire Student Code of Conduct. In December 2016, there was a Washington State court case that changed how the Administrative Procedureal Act (APA) law is interpreted. This new interpretation of the law helps to ensure the due process rights of students who move through conduct proceedings. With this change, our Student Code of Conduct needs to be updated. Regarding Title IX, the current policy has been updated to comply with the new state APA requirements as well as federal regulations as issued from the Office of Civil Rights. Since 2011 the Office of Civil Rights has issued guidance documents for institutions of education to promote transparency and equity; the updated policy and procedure reflect those core changes. Please feel free to view the drafts and provide feedback to Becky Lamboley at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 19, 2017. Our target timeline is to implement the policy and procedure changes this Fall 2018.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as conduct that:
- Is sexual in nature
- Is unwelcome/ uninvited
- Denies or limits your ability as a student or employee to participate in or benefit from Everett Community College's education program or a safe workplace environment
Sexual harassment can take different forms. The conduct can be carried out by college employees, students, or visitors. Males and females can be subject to sexual harassment. The harasser and the survivor can be of the same gender. Sexual harassment also includes conduct that is criminal in nature, such as rape, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The conduct can occur in any college program, event, or activity, on and off campus. The conduct can be physical, verbal, or non-verbal.
What are some examples of sexual conduct?
- Pressure for dates
- Persistent and unwelcome flirtation of a sexual nature
- Sexual phone calls, voice messages or emails
- Leering, ogling, or staring
- Pressuring persons for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching or brushing
- Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures or written materials
- Touching oneself sexually in front of others
- Telling sexual or dirty jokes
- Spreading sexual rumors
- Requests for sex in exchange for higher grades or favorable employment decisions
- Rating persons as to sexual activity or performance
- Circulating or showing websites of a sexual nature
Are gay, lesbian and transgender students protected from sexual harassment?
Yes. Sexual misconduct can happen to anyone regardless of gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Title IX also prohibits discrimination based on a persons identity as LGBTQIA+. Sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, can be conducted by anyone against anyone, regardless of how they identify.
How can I take action?
See Something? Say Something. Pay attention to cues, comments, instincts, and experiences. Address unwanted contact immediately.
Say no. Tell the person that the conduct is unwanted. Tell them to stop.
Tell someone. Tell someone you trust. You are always encouraged to report directly to the Title IX Coordinator but you are always welcome to turn to someone you already know and trust. All employees on campus are able to help you report your experience to the Title IX Coordinator and find support services to meet your needs.
Which college official is designated to coordinate compliance with the federal laws concerning sexual harassment?
The Title IX Coordinator has ultimate oversight for the College's compliance with Title IX. This position handles complaints from employees and students, and is located in Parks 307C. The phone number is (425) 388-9271, and the email address is email@example.com.
Who should report?
Report if you:
- Are the person who experienced sexual violence,
- Witnessed sexual violence, or
- Are aware of sexual violence that took place.
Where can I get help as someone who experienced sexual harassment?
Students may receive professional, confidential no-cost crisis counseling services at Counseling & Student Success in Parks Student Union, third floor. The phone number is (425) 388-9263 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees may receive professional, confidential, and no-cost crisis counseling from the Washington State Employee Assistance Program. The phone number is (360) 753-3260.
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County provides advocacy based counseling for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The phone number is (425) 252-2873.
Does the College have an official grievance procedure?
Yes. The College has an official grievance procedure. It covers informal and formal complaints. It is part of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), entitled, "Illegal Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures," and is numbered WAC 132E-120-385. It is available on the Washington State Legislature page.
How does the College respond to a complaint?
The College takes any complaint about sexual harassment or other forms of sexual misconduct very seriously. The College follows all of the guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The College will investigate the complaint in a prompt, reliable, adequate, and impartial manner. The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether sexual misconduct or violence occurred. The College respects the rights of both the complainant and the person or persons addressed in the complaint. Depending on the facts of the individual situation, the College may proceed with actions consistent with its due process procedures, OCR guidance, personnel policies, collective bargaining agreements and student rights and responsibilities. While an investigation is under way and/or part of its resolution, the College may take steps to prevent the person(s) addressed in the complaint from contact with the complainant. If the behavior may be criminal, you have the right to file a criminal complaint. This will not delay the College in doing its own work to resolve the complaint promptly and equitably.
What about retaliation?
The College prohibits any form of retaliation. Any allegations of retaliation will result in an immediate investigation and appropriate action consistent with the College's due process procedures.
What are some examples of retaliation?
Retaliation is any adverse action taken because or your participation in any Title IX proceedings. These are examples:
- Lowering your grade
- Poor performance rating
- Changing work duties or assignments
- Exclusion from meetings
- Not being called on in class
- Change of work schedule
- Being threatened
Suppose drugs or alcohol are involved?
Sometimes people are afraid to report sexual misconduct because drugs or alcohol are involved. The College's highest priority is the safety of everyone on campus. Any other rule violations will be handled separately from the sexual harassment complaint. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the person who experienced the misconduct at fault for sexual violence.
Everett Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or age.