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Policy IV-B: Policies on Equal Opportunity

Policy on Equal Opportunity Institution

The San Jacinto College District is committed to equal opportunity for all students, employees, and applicants without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, marital status, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

No person including students, faculty, staff, part-time, and temporary workers will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by the San Jacinto College District on the basis of the categories listed.

 

Policy #:

 IV-B-1-a

Policy Name:

 Equal Opportunity Institution

Pages:

 1

Adopted Date:

 March 5, 2007

Revision/Reviewed Date:

 February 7, 2011

Effective Date:

 March 5, 2007 and February 7, 2011

Associated Procedure:

 1

 

 

STUDENT COMPLAINTS:

POLICY AGAINST HARASSMENT

PURPOSE

It is the policy of the San Jacinto College to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, marital status, or veteran status. Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and other agents of the College will not engage in conduct constituting unlawful harassment or discrimination.

The College strives to maintain a learning environment free of discrimination and harassment. The College will promptly investigate all allegations of discrimination and harassment and take appropriate disciplinary action against individuals who engage in unlawful behavior. Disciplinary action may include dismissal of employees or expulsion of students.

Exclusion: This policy does not apply to student complaints regarding discipline or other concerns not involving unlawful discrimination or harassment. Student complaints and concerns that do not involve allegations of discrimination or harassment must be presented to the Vice President of Student Services or to other campus officials designated in the student handbook.

This policy does not apply to employees. Employees who wish to file discrimination or harassment complaint must use the procedures identified in Employee Standards of Conduct: Policy Against Harassment.

Citizenship status discrimination does not violate this policy when such discrimination is required to comply with a statute, regulation, executive order, or federal government contract.

SCOPE OF POLICY: DEFINITIONS

No student, on the basis of the categories listed in this policy, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity operated by the College. Discrimination and harassment against students are prohibited by several federal laws, including, but not limited to, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Programs and activities that receive federal funding must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. These programs and activities may include, but are not limited to: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing and employment.

In addition to prohibiting discrimination, this policy expressly prohibits sexual harassment, racial harassment, and any other form harassment based on the categories listed in this policy.

Prohibited discrimination and harassment includes, but is not limited to, conduct based on a protected characteristic that:

  • Creates an intimidating or offensive learning environment;
  • Unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or academic performance; or
  • Otherwise adversely affects an individual's academic or employment opportunities.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, unwelcome verbal comments of a sexual nature, and unwelcome physical contact or touching of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is wrongful regardless of whether the parties are of the same sex or of the opposite sex. A violation of this policy occurs when:

  • Submission to such conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of employment, instruction, or participation in other college activities;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for personnel or academic decisions that affect the individual who has been subjected to sexual advances; and/or
  • Such conduct has the effect of interfering with the individual's work on academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND COMPLAINT PROCESS

Any student alleging discrimination or harassment in violation of this policy is encouraged to seek redress of his/her complaint. A student may seek informal resolution by contacting the vice president of student services, appropriate dean, or the director of human resources who shall undertake, with permission of the student, to resolve the conflict informally by informing the alleged offender of the complaint, seeking to find out the facts, and, if both parties desire it, arranging a meeting to try to resolve the differences. If informal resolution is undesirable or ineffective, then the student may initiate a formal complaint. The College administration shall prepare and disseminate a procedure for processing and investigating student complaints about discrimination and harassment. This procedure shall be published annually in the student handbook and shall be available to students on the College's web site.

RETALIATION IS PROHIBITED

Students have a legal right to file informal or formal complaints as well as criminal charges of discrimination or harassment and to participate as witnesses in an investigation of such a charge. Retaliation against complainants and witnesses is strictly forbidden.

HARASSMENT PREVENTION COORDINATOR

Federal law requires that the College appoint a Title IX coordinator, who is responsible for serving as a resource person on sexual harassment issues. The Chancellor shall appoint a Title IX coordinator. The name, address, and phone number of the Title IX coordinator shall be published in the student handbook and catalog, and it shall be posted prominently in the student services office of each campus and in the human resources office. Students who desire further explanatory information about unlawful harassment or discrimination are encouraged to discuss their questions with the Title IX coordinator, the director of human resources/vice chancellor of human resources, or the vice president of student services on any campus.

In addition to serving as a resource regarding sexual harassment and sexual discrimination, the College's harassment prevention coordinator shall serve as a resource person regarding all the forms of discrimination and harassment that are prohibited by this policy.

Policy #:

  IV-B-3-a

Policy Name:

 Student Harassment

Pages:

 1

Adopted Date:

 June 14, 2004

Revision/Reviewed Date:

 February 7, 2011

Effective Date:

 June 14, 2004 and February 7, 2011

Associated Procedure:

 

 

1. INTRODUCTION

It is the policy of the San Jacinto College to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of discrimination based on protected status: race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information, marital status, or veteran status. Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and other agents of the College will not engage in conduct constituting unlawful harassment or discrimination.

Each leader has the responsibility to maintain a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. The College will promptly investigate all allegations of discrimination and harassment and take appropriate disciplinary action, including dismissal, against employees who engage in unlawful harassment.

Exclusion: This policy does not apply to students. Students who wish to file discrimination or harassment complaint must use procedures identified in Board Policy IV-B-3a, Student Harassment.

2. POLICY

It is a violation of this Policy to discriminate regarding employment opportunities, benefits or privileges, to create discriminatory work conditions, or to use discriminatory evaluative standards in employment if the basis of that discriminatory treatment is, in whole or in part, due to the employee’s protected status.

Citizenship status discrimination does not violate this policy when such discrimination is required to comply with a statute, regulation, executive order, or federal government contract.

Discrimination and harassment are prohibited by numerous federal and state laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and the Texas Labor Code. This Policy is intended to comply with the prohibitions stated in these anti-discrimination laws.

Prohibited discrimination and harassment includes, but is not limited to, conduct based on a protected characteristic that:

1. Creates an intimidating or offensive work environment;
2. Unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or academic performance;
3. Otherwise adversely affects an individual's employment opportunities.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, unwelcome verbal comments of a sexual nature, and unwelcome physical contact or touching of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is wrongful regardless of whether the parties are of the same sex or of the opposite sex. A violation of this policy occurs when:

1. Submission to such conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of employment;
2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for personnel that affect the individual who has been subjected to sexual advances; and/or
3. Such conduct has the effect of interfering with the individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND COMPLAINT PROCESS

Any employee alleging discrimination or harassment in violation of this policy is encouraged to seek resolution of his/her complaint. The College administration shall prepare and disseminate a procedure for investigating complaints about discrimination and harassment. This procedure shall be available to employees on the College’s web site.

RETALIATION IS PROHIBITED

Employees have a legal right to file charges of harassment and to participate as witnesses in an investigation of such a charge. Retaliation against complainants and witnesses is strictly forbidden.

“Retaliation” is conduct or decisions that a reasonable employee would view as materially adverse and whose purpose or effect is to discourage employees from exercising their rights under this policy or under the law.  The protection against retaliation applies to all good-faith complaints, even if the complaints ultimately are not sustained.

COMPLAINTS AGAINST DISTRICT OFFICIALS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Charges of harassment and discrimination against the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources shall be filed directly with the Chancellor. Charges against the Chancellor or any board member shall be filed with the Board Chairman. Charges against the Chairman shall be filed with the Vice Chairman. The official receiving the charge shall take appropriate, prompt action to ensure that the complaint is investigated including, as appropriate, hiring an external investigator.

Policy #:

 IV-B-3-b

Policy Name:

 Employee Harassment

Pages:

 3

Adopted Date:

March 5, 1984

Revision/Reviewed Date:

Revised February 3, 1992; Revised June 14, 2004; Revised February 7, 2011; and December 15, 2014

Effective Date:

March 5, 1984, February 3, 1992; June 14, 2004; February 7, 2011 and December 16, 2014

Associated Procedure:

1-2

 

Refer to IV-I Policy on Employee Concerns and Grievances

INTRODUCTION

This policy defines communicable diseases and outlines the management procedures in the college environment for students and employees, or others having communicable diseases. This policy applies to all members of the college community, including students, employees, contractors, vendors, and visitors.

DEFINITION

“Communicable diseases” are diseases defined by the state and federal government as diseases that can be transmitted easily among a population.  A list of state required NOTIFIABLE CONDITIONS can be found on Texas Department of State Health Services website.

“Notifiable Conditions” are identified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS).  TDSHS has the primary responsibility for all conditions listed on the document. (Please Note: Not all conditions listed on the NOTIFIABLE CONDITIONS list are communicable diseases. Other conditions exist on the list for general state wide statistical reporting from hospitals, physicians and laboratories. The document also refers to reporting requirements. Primary reporters of notifiable conditions are Physicians, Hospitals, and Laboratories. San Jacinto College is not a primary reporter of notifiable conditions and is therefore not under the same reporting requirements listed in the notifiable condition list.

“Health Response Team (HRT)” is responsible for managing communicable disease incidents at the college. 

“Epidemic” means the occurrence in a community or region of cases of an infectious disease or illness that exceeds normal expectancy.

 “Pandemic” is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations    across a large region.

GENERAL POLICY

  • A complete list of Communicable diseases are found on the Notifiable Conditions list as linked above. 
  • The college's decisions involving persons who have communicable diseases shall be based on current and well-informed medical judgments concerning the disease, the risks of transmitting the illness to others, the symptoms and special circumstances of each individual who has a communicable disease, and a careful weighing of the identified risks and the available alternatives for responding to a student/employee with a communicable disease.  The college will consult with the Local Health Jurisdiction’s communicable disease specialist and Health Officer to receive recommended guidance for the best protection of the college population.
  • The college shall not discriminate in enrollment or employment against any individual solely on the grounds that the individual has a communicable disease. The college reserves the right to exclude, or restrict a person with a communicable disease from college facilities, programs, and functions if the college makes a medically based determination that the person constitutes a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
  • The college shall comply with all pertinent statutes and regulations which protect the privacy of persons in the college community, including following all applicable Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act rules and any rules imposed by Texas law.
  • Depending on the nature of the communicable disease, the individual’s activities and responsibilities, and the safety risk to others, the college will evaluate whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to enable the individual to continue with his or her studies, employment, or other activities.

Policy #:

 IV-B-4

Policy Name:

 Policy on Communicable Disease

Pages:

 2

Adopted Date:

 February 3, 1992

Revision/Reviewed Date:

 February 5, 2016

Effective Date:

 February 3, 1992; March 8, 2016

Associated Procedure:

 8-3