Discrimination and Harassment

Seattle Colleges recognizes that everyone plays a role to ensure we create and maintain an environment where students and employees are free of harassment and discrimination.

We all must:

  • Work together to prevent any occurrence of harassment or discrimination.
  • End harassment and discrimination if it occurs.
  • Remedy the effects of discrimination and harassment on the victim and on the community.

Achieving a Safe and Inclusive Work Environment

To encourage, assist, and facilitate a working environment that is free from harassment and discrimination, Seattle Colleges:

  • Created Policy 419 and Procedure 419 to define the process for investigating and responding to reports of harassment and discrimination. Furthermore, created Policy 421 and Procedure 421 to outline the grievance procedures for Title IX. The policy requires that all faculty and staff report sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator.
  • Identified a Title IX/EEO coordinator at each college and at the district. Their role is to ensure investigations are conducted in a proper and timely manner.
  • Created an online incident reporting system called Maxient where anyone can report instances of sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • Is distributing harassment and discrimination prevention collateral with clearly defined expectations for employees and students.

What to Do if You Are a Victim

Students believing that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination need to:

  1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
  2. Send the complaint to the Title IX coordinator at each campus. The HR director also serves as the Title IX coordinator at each campus.

Students believing they are victims of any form of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination should:

  1. Ensure their safety.
  2. Seek resources immediately, if necessary.
  3. File a claim

1. Ensuring your safety

Student safety is the district’s top priority. Students with any concerns about their immediate safety need to call 911 and then call the campus safety office. If a crime may have occurred, report that crime to the police. Police officers have the ability to ensure your immediate safety and to locate and preserve evidence.

Campus Security Offices

Seattle Central College
Siegal Center
Wood Technology Center
  • 206.934.5442
  • BE1108
North Seattle College
  • 206.934.3636
  • CC1252
South Seattle College
  • 206.934.0911
  • RSB62A
Health Education Center
  • 206.255.3974
  • Basement
Georgetown Apprenticeship and Education Center
  • 206.354.6185
  • C102
Seattle Maritime Academy
  • 311

              2. Seek resources immediately, if necessary

              Seattle Colleges has resources available at each campus:

              Central Counseling: 206-934-5407
              North: Counseling: 206-934-3676
              Gender Equity Resource Center: 206-934-3719
              South: Counseling: 206-934-6409

               

                    3. Filing a claim

                    Students believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault need to:

                    • File a claim as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the claim form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
                    • Send the claim to the Title IX coordinator at each campus. The HR director also serves as the Title IX coordinator at each campus.

                    Confidentiality

                    When you file a claim with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator at your campus.

                    Investigation

                    When you file a sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault claim, the district will ask for your permission to move forward with an investigation. Our intent in asking for permission is to empower our students to determine next steps. In some situations, the seriousness of the claim (taking into account such factors as violence and the age of the alleged victim) may require the district to investigate. We will take all legal and logistical steps possible to maintain your confidentiality. Our process for conducting an investigation is outlined in Procedure 419.

                    Retaliation

                    The district expressly prohibits any retaliation against a student who has filed a discrimination or harassment claim. If you believe you may be being retaliated against, please inform the Title IX coordinator immediately.

                    Employees who believe that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination are encouraged to:

                    1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
                    2. Send the complaint to the Title IX coordinator at each campus. The HR director also serves as the Title IX coordinator at each campus.

                    Confidentiality

                    When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator at your campus.

                    Investigation

                    When you file a sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault complaint, the district will ask for your permission to move forward with an investigation. Our intent in asking for permission is to empower our employees to determine next steps. In some situations, the seriousness of the complaint (taking into account such factors as violence and the age of the alleged victim) may require the district to investigate. We will take all legal and logistical steps possible to maintain your confidentiality. Our process for conducting an investigation is outlined in Procedure 419.

                    Retaliation

                    The district expressly prohibits any retaliation against an employee who has filed a discrimination or harassment complaint. If you believe you may be being retaliated against, please inform the Title IX coordinator immediately.

                    Additional Resources

                    Seattle Colleges employees are able to access Washington state’s Employee Assistance Program, which helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems. Using your EAP does not cost you anything. For more information, call the Employee Assistance Program at 877-313-4455.

                    Employees believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination should:

                    1. Ensure their safety.
                    2. Seek resources immediately, if necessary.
                    3. File a complaint.

                    1. Ensuring your safety

                    Safety is the district’s top priority. Employees with any concerns about their immediate safety need to call 911 and then call the campus safety office. If a crime may have occurred, report that crime to the police. Police officers have the ability to ensure your immediate safety and to locate and preserve evidence.

                    Campus Security Offices

                    Seattle Central College
                    Siegal Center
                    Wood Technology Center
                    • 206.934.5442
                    • BE1108
                    North Seattle College
                    • 206.934.3636
                    • CC1252
                    South Seattle College
                    • 206.934.0911
                    • RSB62A
                    Health Education Center
                    • 206.255.3974
                    • Basement
                    Georgetown Apprenticeship and Education Center
                    • 206.354.6185
                    • C102
                    Seattle Maritime Academy
                    • 311

                    2. Seeking immediate resources, if necessary

                    Employees are encouraged to seek resources immediately. These include:

                    • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) (24-hour resource line: 888.99.VOICE, or 888-998-6423)
                    • KCSARC is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women, and men who are victims of sexual assault. KCSARC works with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds. KCSARC advocates will answer your call and provide crisis intervention, information and referrals, and ongoing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
                    • Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (206-744-1600). The center provides services to help people impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.

                    Additional Resources

                    Seattle Colleges employees are able to access Washington state’s Employee Assistance Program, which helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems. Using your EAP does not cost you anything. For more information, call the Employee Assistance Program at 877-313-4455.

                    3. Filing a complaint

                    Employees believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault need to:

                    1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
                    2. Send the complaint to the Title IX coordinator at each campus. The HR director also serves as the Title IX coordinator at each campus.

                    Confidentiality

                    When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator at your campus.

                    What to Do if You’re Told About an Incident

                    If a student tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident in which a student may have been discriminated against or harassed, you are required to report that incident to the Title IX coordinator at the college within 24 hours.

                    The campus HR director serves as the Title IX coordinator at each campus. If the incident involves the Title IX coordinator, the report should be made to president or chancellor’s office for referral to an alternate designee.

                    Students believing that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination need to:

                    1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
                    2. Send the complaint to the Title IX coordinator at each campus. The HR director also serves as the Title IX coordinator at each campus.

                    Confidentiality

                    When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator at your campus.

                    If an employee tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident of discrimination or harassment, you should report that incident to the Title IX coordinator at the college within 24 hours.

                    The campus HR director serves as the Title IX coordinator at each campus. If the incident involves the Title IX coordinator, the report should be made to president or chancellor’s office for referral to an alternate designee.

                    Employees believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination should:

                    1. Ensure their safety.
                    2. Seek resources immediately, if necessary.
                    3. File a complaint.

                    Confidentiality

                    When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator at your campus.

                    If a student tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault in which a student may have been involved, you are required to report that incident to the Title IX coordinator at your college within 24 hours.

                    If you believe a student is about to tell you about an incident of sexual harassment or discrimination, explain your obligation to report the incident before the student makes the disclosure. If this is not possible, do it soon after the disclosure. If the student does not wish to disclose the incident or provide further details to you, refer the student to the on‐campus and off‐campus resources.

                    Steps to take after student disclosure:

                    1. Care for the student.
                    2. Connect the student with resources.
                    3. Contact the Title IX coordinator.

                    Students believing that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination need to:

                    1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
                    2. Send the complaint to the Title IX coordinator at each campus. The HR director also serves as the Title IX coordinator at each campus.

                    Step 1: Care for the student

                    First, ensure the student is safe. Student safety is the overriding concern of Seattle Colleges. Provide the student with nonjudgmental listening and support. If there is an immediate danger, call the police (911) and then call Campus Security.

                    Some thoughts and guidelines in caring for the student:

                    • One of the most effective and important ways to provide support is to listen without judging or blaming. Remember that no matter what the circumstances, no one deserves to be subjected to harassment or discrimination.
                    • Allow the student to talk about the experience. Be aware that the student may not be able to clearly articulate what happened; be careful not define the experience for the student.
                    • Follow the student’s lead. Do not take control of the situation or try to “fix” it. Experiencing sexual misconduct can cause a person to feel a loss of control; let the student make his or her own decisions, and then support those decisions. Also understand that everyone responds uniquely to sexual misconduct.
                    • Some common reactions may include shock, fear, embarrassment, denial, guilt, anger, depression, and/or feeling overwhelmed. Be a support person and help the student find support.

                    Step 2: Connect the student with resources

                    Every campus has support services. They are:

                    Central
                    • Seattle Central Women’s Programs: 206-934-3854
                    • Seattle Central Student Counseling: 206-934-6946
                    North
                    • NSC Counseling: 206-934-3676
                    • NSC Women’s Center: 206-934-3696
                    South
                    • South Counselors: 206-934-6409
                    • Office of Vice President, Student Services: 206-934-6788

                      There are also off-campus support services. These include:

                      • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) (24-hour resource line: 888-99-VOICE, or 888-998-6423). KCSARC is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women, and men who are victims of sexual assault. KCSARC works with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds. KCSARC advocates will answer your call and provide crisis intervention, information and referrals, and ongoing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
                      • Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (206-744-1600). The center provides services to help people impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.

                      Step 3: Contact the Title IX coordinator

                      At the earliest possible time (and no later than 24 hours after you receive information that a student has experienced sexual misconduct), you must report it to the Title IX coordinator. It’s important to include, to the extent possible, all relevant details about the incident(s) disclosed by the student. This includes:

                      • The names of the student, the accused, and any witnesses.
                      • Any other relevant facts, including the date, time, and specific location of the incident.

                      Once you have reported an incident to the Title IX coordinator, you do not need to take further action. Understand, however, that you may be contacted for follow-up information as the college proceeds to respond to the report.

                      If an employee tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault, you are required to report that incident to the Title IX coordinator for your college within 24 hours.

                      Employees believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination should:

                      • Ensure their safety.
                      • Seek resources immediately, if necessary.
                      • File a complaint.

                      Confidentiality

                      When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator at your campus.

                      Additional Resources

                      If appropriate, refer the employee to additional resources and assistance.

                      • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) (24-hour resource line: 888-99-VOICE, or 888-998-6423). KCSARC is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women, and men who are victims of sexual assault. KCSARC works with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds. KSCARC advocates will answer your call and provide crisis intervention, information and referrals, and ongoing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
                      • Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (206-744-1600). The center provides services to help people impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.
                      • Seattle Colleges employees are able to access Washington state’s Employee Assistance Program, which helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems. Using your EAP does not cost you anything. For more information, call the Employee Assistance Program at 877-313-4455.

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