General Scope: The core purpose of this Policy is the prohibition of all forms of discrimination and discriminatory harassment as defined herein. Members of the Central College community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation. All members of the community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The Central College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. The purpose of this Policy is to promote compliance with applicable campus, state and federal regulations; to allow for behavior that is inconsistent with the Central College policies to be appropriately reported, investigated, and sanctioned; and to educate all members of the College community about implications and consequences of their behavior.
This Policy covers conduct that occurs at all Central-sponsored programs and activities, as well as conduct that occurs on the campus or on property owned or controlled by Central College. The Policy can also cover prohibited conduct that initially occurs off-campus when students or employees experience continuing effects of the off-campus acts in the educational or work setting that effectively deprive them of access to Central’s educational program. The Policy covers conduct perpetrated by faculty, staff, students, and third parties, and if the Respondent is unknown or not a member of the Central community, the Title IX Coordinator will assist the Complainant in identifying appropriate campus and local resources and support options and/or, when criminal conduct is alleged, in contacting local or campus law enforcement if the individual would like to file a police report.
Scope under Title IX for Sexual Harassment: The College’s scope under Title IX is limited to locations, events, or circumstances over which it substantially controls both the Respondent 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 scope under Title IX is also limited to conduct against a person that occurs in the United States.
Any person may file a complaint alleging a violation of this Policy. If a report or complaint falls under the College’s scope under Title IX, the College will utilize Process A to respond 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 scope under Title IX, but nonetheless falls under this Policy and/or its general scope, the College may still take action for such alleged conduct, including under Process “B” of this Policy.