Equal Opportunity, Harassment And Nondiscrimination Policy

This Policy is intended to fully comply with applicable law, including Title VII, Title IX, the Clery Act, and state law, and will be interpreted and applied by the College accordingly. As such, this Policy supersedes any contrary policy/process/provision contained in Central’s Student or Employee Policy policies, procedures, and documents.

This Policy and procedures will be reviewed annually by the Title IX Coordinator. Central College reserves the right to make changes to this Policy as necessary, and once those changes are posted online, they are in effect. During any resolution process, the Title IX Coordinator may make minor modifications to procedures that do not materially jeopardize the fairness owed to any party, such as to accommodate summer schedules. The Title IX Coordinator may also vary procedures materially with prior written notice to the Parties upon determining that changes to law or regulation require policy or procedural alterations not reflected in this Policy and procedures.

This policy is not a contract, is not intended to afford contractual or third-party beneficiary rights to any individual, and does not create legally enforceable protections beyond the protection of the background state and federal laws which frame such policies and codes, generally.

This Policy and procedures are effective August 14, 2020.


Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy

I. Glossary

II. Introduction/Statement of Policy

III. Applicable Scope and Jurisdiction

IV. Definitions of Prohibited Conduct

A. Discrimination 

B. Discriminatory Harassment 

C. Sexual Harassment 

D. Other Prohibited Offenses

E. Retaliation

V. Steps to Take Immediately Following Sexual and/or Physical Violence

VI. Reporting a Violation of this Policy

A. Confidential Resources

B. Official College Reporting Options

C. Anonymous Reporting Option

D. Limited Immunity for Reporting

E. False Allegations and Evidence

F. Federal Notification and Statistical Reporting Obligations

G. Law Enforcement

VII. What to Expect After an Official Report is Made

A. Privacy

B. Supportive Measures

C. Interplay with Criminal Proceedings

D. Time Frame

VIII. Formal and Informal Resolution/Grievance Processes

A. Initiating a Formal Complaint

B. Initial Assessment of Applicable Scope/Process

C. Grievance Process Pool

D. Process A: For Qualifying Allegations of Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

E. Process B: For Allegations on Basis of Protected Class Status or Not Under Process A

F. Appeal Process

G. Sanctions