Seattle Colleges recognizes its responsibility to investigate, resolve, implement of corrective measures, and monitor the educational environment and workplace to stop, remediate, and prevent sexual harassment as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and Washington State’s Law Against Discrimination, Chapter 49.60 RCW, and their implementing regulations.

Title IX requires institutions to protect all students, faculty, and staff from sex-based discrimination, a term that includes both sexual harassment and sexual violence. This Policy applies to all students and employees of Seattle Colleges.

Consistent with the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) (see 34 C.F.R. § 106 et seq.), the Seattle Colleges prohibits Sexual Harassment that occurs within its education programs and activities. For purposes of this policy, Sexual Harassment includes Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment, Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking as defined in 34 C.F.R. § 106.30

To this end, Seattle Colleges prohibits sexual harassment occurring within its education programs and activities and has adopted grievance and disciplinary procedures for investigating claims of sexual harassment and sexual violence and disciplining students and employees found responsible for violating this policy.

Any individual found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College or from employment. Further, the Seattle District College is committed to ensuring that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism. Student discipline for violation of Title IX Policy 283 is addressed under WAC 132F-121-270 through WAC 132F-121-350. Employee discipline for violation of Title IX Policy 283 is addressed by Procedure 421.

This policy applies only to Sexual Harassment that is actionable under federal rules adopted to implement Title IX and are subject to the jurisdictional limits and definitions of the College’s Procedure 283 - Title IX Grievance Procedures. Other forms of sexual harassment that are not covered by Title IX are addressed by the Seattle Colleges Policy 282 - Discrimination and Harassment.

Companion Document : Pro
Adoption Date : 2023/05/11
Revision Date : 2023/05/11