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Office of the General Counsel

Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Retaliation

Overview

It is the policy of the Los Rios Community College District and its colleges to eliminate all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. The District and its colleges will investigate all reports of misconduct and will not tolerate retaliation for reports of misconduct. The investigation will ascertain whether unlawful discrimination or harassment occurred. In addition, the District and its colleges will take steps to immediately halt any unlawful discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation discovered and remedy any effects of that misconduct.

The District and each of its colleges has appointed an Equity Officer who is responsible for receiving complaints and conducting investigations into this misconduct. In addition, each college has appointed Title IX Officers who have the obligation to ensure that the District complies with its obligations under Title IX to eliminate gender-based discrimination and harassment.

A list of Equity Officers and Title IX Officers by location can be found here.

Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment

It is the District’s policy to implement policies that guarantee that no qualified student or prospective student or any person having an educational relationship with the District shall be unlawfully discriminated against, harassed, or excluded from any benefits, activities, or programs on the grounds of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics, or due to the association with a person or group with one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics: ethnic group identification, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth-related condition, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion or religious creed, age (over forty), national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, political affiliation or belief, military and veteran status, or marital status. The District's Policies and Regulations on unlawful discrimination and harassment are set forth below. Those who have feel they have experienced or witnessed unlawful discrimination or harassment should report that misconduct to the District or college Equity Officers(contact information).

Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination based on sex and is prohibited by state and federal law, including Title IX, as well as the District's Policies. Sexual harassment is generally defined to include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone in the work or educational setting. These acts constitute sexual harassment when: (1) submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of employment or education, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

Sexual assault is a form of unlawful discrimination based on sex. Sexual assault includes physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol, or their mental capacity. Sexual assault also includes domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or threat of sexual assault.

Complaints of sexual harassment may be directed to the District and college Equity Officers and/or Title IX Officers (contact information). Complaints of sexual violence may also be reported to District Nursing Staff and should be reported to the Los Rios Police Department at (916) 558-2221.

Retaliation

It is against District Policy and unlawful to retaliate against someone who files an unlawful discrimination or harassment complaint, who refers a matter for investigation or complaint, who participates in an investigation of a complaint, or who represents or serves as an advocate for a complainant or respondent. Raising a concern of unlawful discrimination or harassment shall not affect the concerned individual's future dealings with the District, with his or her employment or education, or with compensation or work assignments.

Complaints of retaliation may be directed to the District and college Equity Officers, who can be found here.

Resources

Policies and Regulations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Assault