Policy Management 
    
    Jun 20, 2018  
Policy Management
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HR 9.0 - Sexual Harassment Policy :


SUMMARY/SCOPE
Edmonds Community College is committed to a professional working and learning environment free of sexual harassment. The college is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of protected classes as required by federal and state law. Prohibited discrimination and/or harassment includes sexual harassment.

The college will comply with WAC 132Y-300, Nondiscrimination and Harassment Policy.

DESCRIPTION
RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYEES

All college employees, with the exception of those who have job-specific confidentiality requirements, are required to report suspected incidences of sexual harassment. Employees may be responsible under federal or state law if they know or should have known about sexual harassment and failed to take appropriate action. Employees may file a report directly with the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, but it is strongly recommended they file an incident report.

RETALIATION PROHIBITED

Edmonds Community College prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process. The initiation of a complaint of sexual harassment will not reflect negatively on the employee or student who initiates the complaint nor will it affect the employee’s job assignment, status, rights, privileges, or benefits.

Any employee who retaliates against any individual who has either made a complaint of sexual harassment or has participated in an investigation of a complaint of sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Any non-employee doing business with the college who retaliates against any individual who has made a complaint of sexual harassment or participated in an investigation of a complaint of sexual harassment will be disciplined subject to the extent that the college has control over the non-employee or his or her employer.

OTHER PROCEDURES AND REMEDIES

Anyone who is subjected to sexual harassment is encouraged to pursue the matter through either the specific procedures established in WAC 132Y-300 or by the means afforded them through Chapter 49.60 RCW or under Title VII or Title IX of the federal Civil Rights Act, as amended in 1991.

The procedures outlined in WAC 132Y-300 do not replace an individual’s right to file a complaint with an external agency such as the Office of Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (for employees)
909 1st Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA  98104-1061
(206) 220-6883 or 1-800-669-4000
TDD  (206) 220-6882

Office of Civil Rights (for student complaints)
915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
(206) 220-7900
TDD   (206) 220-7907

Washington State Human Rights Commission (for employees and students)
711 S. Capitol Way, Suite 402
PO Box 42490
Olympia, WA 98504-2490
(360) 753-6770
TDD  1-800-300-7525

RELATED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
WAC 132Y-300 Nondiscrimination and Harassment Policy

Chapter 49.60 RCW Discrimination—Human Rights Commission

SOURCE INFORMATION
(was) C 6.3.106

CONTENT OWNER. The primary responsibility for this policy belongs to:
Associate Vice President for Human Resources

PRIMARY CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR (Director/Dean)
Associate Vice President for Human Resources

REVIEW PERIOD
Three years.

REVIEW HISTORY
2017-Aug 21  Amended by President’s Cabinet

1995-May 03  Amended

1983-Dec  Adopted



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