Nondiscrimination and Discrimination Complaints/Grievances

Section: 
Human Resources
Policy Number: 
108
Effective: 
Friday, March 7, 2014
Last Revised: 
Monday, September 19, 2016
Policy: 

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment.  The College does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity, genetic information, age, marital status, religion, disability, or on any other unlawful basis.  The College is committed to preventing and stopping discrimination, including harassment, on any of these unlawful bases and any associated retaliatory behavior.  All employees and students must be allowed to work and learn in an environment free from discrimination. 

The College will comply with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, educational programs, and admissions, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;  Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the state law against discrimination, chapter 49.60 RCW.  As used herein “complaint” is synonymous with “grievance”.

Any person who believes that s/he has been discriminated against may pursue an institutional complaint and/or may pursue other remedies provided by law.  Procedures for filing discrimination complaints on the basis of disability discrimination or denial of accommodations are addressed separately by the SPSCC Procedures and Appeals Process for Accommodating Students with Disabilities and Disability Discrimination Complaints.

Individuals who violate this nondiscrimination policy are subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment, dismissal from the College, or any other available remedy.

Supervisors, administrators, and College officials are responsible for assisting in the prevention and elimination of discrimination.  A supervisor, administrator, or College official who is informed or believes that discrimination is occurring, whether in her/his area of responsibility or not, must report such activity to the Chief Human Resources Officer (Chief HRO) within eight (8) calendar days. Supervisors, administrators, and College officials shall assist in ensuring that no retaliation occurs against either persons who make complaints or persons who are involved in the investigation of complaints.

Purpose: 

It is the purpose of this policy and procedure to enforce the Board of Trustee’s prohibition against discrimination at South Puget Sound Community College and to set forth the investigation and complaint handling procedures for discrimination claims, with the exception of disability discrimination claims.  Those procedures are separately addressed and referenced in the policy statement section above.