II. Introduction/Statement Of Policy

Central College is committed to providing a learning and working environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To ensure compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, and to affirm its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of its educational programs or activities, Central College has developed internal policies and procedures that provide prompt, fair, and impartial processes for those involved in an allegation of discrimination or discriminatory harassment on the basis of protected class status, and for allegations of retaliation.

The College urges individuals to report any of these acts to campus officials under these administrative provisions. The College also encourages individuals to promptly report any such act that might also constitute a crime to local law enforcement, although it is a victim’s choice to contact law enforcement. Central College values and upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights of the parties in its resolution processes during what is often a difficult time for all those involved.

Through this Policy the College intends to:

  • Educate all constituencies about what constitutes discriminatory harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment under Title IX in 34 CFR Part 106.3, other federal anti-discrimination law, and state law;
  • Inform students, faculty and staff of this Policy and the procedures for reporting discriminatory harassment and discrimination within the College;
  • Encourage students, faculty and staff to report discriminatory harassment and discrimination that constitutes a crime to the appropriate law enforcement authorities;
  • Educate Student Safety and College personnel about their responsibilities, the laws, and potential sanctions and liabilities when discriminatory harassment or discrimination occurs;
  • Inform students, faculty and staff of the supportive measures available when a Complaint of discriminatory harassment or discrimination is made; and
  • Educate students, faculty and staff to be respectful of the limits expressed or implied by their partners in sexual contacts.