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The Colleges of the Los Rios Community College District are committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of sexual harassment and sexual violence. At Los Rios, such behaviors are not tolerated and are prohibited both by law and by District Policy. College personnel will respond promptly and effectively to reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and, when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates the law and/or District Policy (see links below).

Students: P-2113, R-2113, P-2423, R-2423, P-2424, P-2441, R-2441, P-2442, R-2442, P-2541

Faculty: P-5111, P-5172, R-5172, P-5173, Education Code, sections 87671 and 87732

Classified Employees: P-6111, P-6161, P-6163, R-6163, P-6912, P-6913, R-6913, P-6914, R-6914, P-6915

Managers and Confidential Employees: P-9111, P-9152, R-9152, P-9153, P-9413, R-9413

If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual harassment or sexual violence, each of the Colleges has a designated administrator that is responsible for receiving complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence. If you or someone you know has experienced any form of sexual violence, including sexual assault or rape, please report the incident to the police department at your campus, or call (916) 558-2221.

If you have any questions or require additional clarification, please contact the Los Rios Police Department at (916) 558-2221, or your College's Title IX Coordinator or Equity Officer. A list of Title IX Coordinators and Equity Officers by location can be found here.

Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. [more]

Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The Title IX regulation describes the conduct that violates Title IX. Examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics, and discrimination based on pregnancy. To enforce Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and 12 offices across the United States. Title IX regulations acknowledge the college's responsibility for creating a culture of awareness, preventing and responding to students' reports of sexual misconduct, and remedying the effects of sexual misconduct. [less]

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. [more]

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone in a work or educational setting. These acts constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of employment, or (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment 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 environment.

For a more detailed explanation of the legal issues regarding sexual harassment, please see Understanding Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence and How to Report It (link to PDF)

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Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX. [more]

Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX. Sexual violence means 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. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. [less]

Title IX protects students from sexual harassment in all of our educational programs and activities, on or off school grounds. [more]

Title IX protects students from sexual harassment in all of our educational programs and activities, on or off school grounds. Specifically, Title IX protects students involved in any and all academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs of the school, whether those programs take place in a school's facilities, in a school vehicle, at a class or training program sponsored by the school at another location, or elsewhere. The school may have an obligation to respond to student-on-student sexual harassment that initially occurred off school grounds. If a student files a complaint, regardless of where the conduct occurred, we must process the complaint in accordance with its established procedures. [less]

Investigate [more]

Investigate

Once the College knows of possible sexual harassment or sexual violence, College personnel will take immediate and appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. (The District's P-2424, P-2423, and R-2423 provide our complaint and investigation process). [less]

Take Action to End Any Harassment, Violence, or Discrimination [more]

Take Action to End Any Harassment, Violence, or Discrimination

If sexual harassment or sexual violence has occurred, the College will take prompt and effective steps to end the sexual violence/sexual harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on those involved, regardless of whether the incident is the subject of a criminal investigation. [less]

Protect the Complainant [more]

Protect the Complainant

The College will take steps, as necessary, to protect the complainant during and after the investigation. [less]

Provide a Grievance Process [more]

Provide a Grievance Process

The College will provide a grievance procedure for students to file complaints of sex discrimination, including complaints of sexual violence. These procedures will include an equal opportunity for both parties to present witnesses and other evidence, as well as offer both parties the same appeal rights (P-2424, P-2423, and R-2423). The District's grievance procedures use the preponderance of the evidence standard to resolve complaints of sex discrimination.

Where a student or employee is found responsible for misconduct, appropriate discipline will be imposed pursuant to the Education Code and the District's discipline-related Policies and Regulations (see below).

Students: P-2113, P-2441, R-2441, P-2442, R-2442

Faculty: Education Code, sections 87671 and 87732

Classified Employees: P-6912, P-6913, R-6913, P-6914, R-6914, P-6915

Managers and Confidential Employees: P-9413, R-9413

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Provide Notice of Outcome [more]

Provide Notice of Outcome

The College will notify both parties of the outcome of the complaint. [less]

Our Title IX obligations are separate from any law enforcement obligation. [more]

Our Title IX obligations are separate from any law enforcement obligation. While law enforcement may determine that a crime did not occur, the College Equity Officer must independently investigate the allegations. Police reports may be used. Where law enforcement determines a crime occurred, it is likely sexual harassment has occurred as well. [less]

If the complainant requests confidentiality or asks that a complaint not be pursued, College personnel will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or request not to pursue an investigation. [more]

If the complainant requests confidentiality or asks that a complaint not be pursued, College personnel will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality or request not to pursue an investigation. However, it is the obligation of the college to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory learning environment for all students, and all complaints will be investigated in accordance with that obligation. In that regard, the College may weigh the request for confidentiality against the following factors: the seriousness of the alleged harassment; the complainant's age; whether there have been other harassment complaints about the same individual; and the alleged harasser's rights to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by the school. [less]