Purpose/Statement of Policy
Hawkeye Community College strives to provide a safe and secure educational and workplace environment. Sexual harassment in the College’s educational programs and activities is prohibited, which includes sexual assault and abuse, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, collectively called “Sexual Harassment” for purposes of this Policy. Prohibited conduct under this Policy also includes attempting or aiding in the commission of sexual harassment or retaliating against another for exercising his/her rights under this Policy.
The College is committed to educating students, staff and faculty about its policies and procedures against sexual discrimination and sexual harassment. Any such instances of discrimination and/or sexual harassment will be dealt with promptly by the College. It is intended to ensure that the College’s policies and procedures related to sexual harassment are interpreted and applied consistently with Title VI, IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Clery Act, Iowa Code § 260C.14(18) and other applicable law.
Scope of Policy
This Policy governs the conduct of all students, employees, and third parties whose actions impact the College’s educational and working environment, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This Policy applies to all locations of the College, College-sponsored activities, and incidents occurring off-campus which affect the College environment or mission.
The scope of Title IX: The College’s jurisdiction under Title IX is limited to locations, events, or circumstances over which it substantially controls both the respondent accused of behavior violating this Policy and the context in which the alleged harassment occurs, as well as any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the College, such as a fraternity or sorority. The College’s jurisdiction under Title IX is also limited to conduct against a person that occurs in the United States, and to complainants who are engaging or attempting to engage in a College educational program or activity.
If a report or complaint falls under the College’s jurisdiction under Title IX, the College will utilize the formal complaint resolution process below to respond to a claim of sexual harassment and will not proceed under any other College policy or procedure if doing so would interfere with any right or privilege provided to a party under Title IX. If the College determines that a report or complaint does not fall under the College’s jurisdiction under Title IX, the College may still take action for such alleged conduct, as herein provided and/or consistent with applicable law and policy (such as the Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Procedures or Student Code of Conduct) and based on the nature of the alleged conduct. The parties will be notified of this decision.
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