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 not tolerate retaliation for reports of this misconduct. The District's Policies and Regulations below set forth how to report this misconduct and the investigation process the District and its Colleges will use. 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 violate state and federal law as well as the District's Policies. Unlawful discrimination includes disparate treatment, exclusion from any benefits, activities, or programs, or harassment based on the grounds of ethnic group identification, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, age (over forty), national origin, ancestry, disability, 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 experienced or witnessed unlawful discrimination or harassment should report that misconduct to the District or College Equity Officers, whose contact information can be found here.
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, mace 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.
The District's Policies and Regulations on sexual harassment and sexual assault are below. Complaints of sexual harassment may be directed to the District and College Equity Officers and/or Title IX Officers, which can be found here. 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.
Title IX: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Discrimination (link to webpage)
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.
The District's Policies on retaliation are below. Complaints of sexual harassment may be directed to the District and College Equity Officers, which can be found here.