Gender or Sex Discrimination and Misconduct (Title IX)
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is committed to cultivating and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and employment environment for all members of the College community.
HACC will be vigilant in providing a College environment that is free of any form of discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault and dating or domestic violence. This commitment, which includes prohibition of all forms of gender-based harassment (sexual and non-sexual), is implemented regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.
HACC's Sexual Misconduct Policy is available here.
Under the U.S. Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces the federal civil rights law known as Title IX. Title IX, or the Education Amendment of 1972, requires that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” This policy extends to matters of admission, employment, athletics, and in access to, and participation in, its educational programs, services or activities.
- Sexual misconduct- Discrimination on the basis of sex that takes the form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and sex-based stalking.
- Sexual harassment - Conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
- A College employee conditions the provision of aid, benefit, or service of the College on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
- Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would consider to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s education programs or activities; or
- “Sexual assault,” “domestic violence,” “dating violence,” or “stalking” as defined in this policy.
- Sexual assault - Covers a wide variety of actions, including:
- Any anal or vaginal penetration of another against that person’s will or without that person’s consent;
- Any oral penetration of another by a sexual organ against that person’s will or without that person’s consent;
- Any insertion of one’s genitals into another’s mouth, anus, or vagina against that person’s will or without that person’s consent;
- Any attempt to make or the making of physical contact with another for the purpose of sexual gratification, against that person’s will or without that person’s consent; or
- The use of physical force, coercion, intentional impairment, or threat of harm to commit any of these acts.
- Sexual violence - A form of sexual harassment consisting of acts such as sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, sexual coercion, etc.
- Domestic violence - An act of violence committed against an individual,
- By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of that individual;
- By a person with whom the alleged victim shares a child in common;
- By a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the alleged victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
- By a person similarly situated to a spouse under the domestic or family violence law of the jurisdiction in which the act of violence allegedly occurred; or
By any other person against the alleged victim, if the relationship is such that the alleged victim is protected from that person’s acts under Pennsylvania law regarding domestic or family violence.
- Dating violence - An act of violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the alleged victim. Whether such a relationship existed must be determined by taking into consideration the relationship’s length, type, and frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
- Gender-based harassment - Unwelcome conduct based on a person’s actual or perceived sex, including slurs, taunts, threats, attacks, or stereotypes. Discrimination against someone who is pregnant, nursing or parenting falls under this category.
All members of the HACC community have the right…
- To a learning and working environment free from gender- or sex-based discrimination
- To report any incident of harassment, stalking, violence or other misconduct to HACC or to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education
- To request a criminal investigation from local police
- To a prompt and equitable investigation, resolution and prevention of reoccurrence
- To receive support from an advisor during the investigation
- To information about options, supportive measures the College can take, and the outcome of the investigation
- To respect, privacy and safety for both parties throughout the process
- To not be discouraged in your use of College resources, processes or support
- To report to the Title IX Coordinator if your rights have been violated
- To freedom from retaliation for exercising your rights.
You have these rights regardless of your race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, religion or any other protected class.
- An incident has negatively affected your or another’s academics or employment.
- You have concerns about your safety or the safety of your community.
- You need assistance and support, but you do not want to name the individual.
- You want protection to be put in place between you and the individual through a “No Contact Directive.”
- You would like to see the College take action and investigate the behavior of the individual.
- Remember: All members of the HACC community have a responsibility to maintain a safe campus environment. If you witness or learn of something, say something!
Any alleged violations of HACC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy should be reported as soon as possible following the incident. In compliance with requirements of the Office of Civil Rights, the College will take immediate and appropriate steps to eliminate any reported occurrences of sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, etc.), prevent recurrences, and appropriately address potential effects. This often includes the enacting of appropriate supportive measures to protect the complainant(s), respondent(s) and any other involved parties.
The Office of Inclusion and Diversity respects your right to privacy and the courage it can take to share your story or knowledge related to bias, discrimination, or a potential Title IX violation. HACC employees (with the exception of clinical counselors) cannot offer confidentiality when a concern is brought to their attention, due to federal laws and college policy. However, every attempt will be made to keep information private and to only share it with those who need to know in order for the College to take appropriate action.
Any individual may make a good faith report alleging violation of the College’s Sexual
Misconduct Policy. Reports should include as much detail as possible.
Reports can be made electronically here.
Once a report is received, someone will reach out to you privately.
- The College receives a report or Formal Complaint about a possible Title IX violation.
- The Title IX Coordinator or designee will conduct an initial assessment to gain a basic understanding of the nature and circumstances of the allegation and assess risk to the College community.
- The initial assessment may find that the alleged misconduct does not fall within the scope of Title IX; in which case, the matter will be handled according to the appropriate student or employee conduct policy.
- Supportive measures and an explanation of rights are offered equitably to both the complainant and respondent.
- If the complainant wishes to move forward with a formal investigation, a written Formal Complaint must be signed and an investigation and initiation of grievance procedures as outlined in the policy will begin. The Title IX Coordinator may also submit a Formal Complaint as deemed appropriate.
- As part of the investigation, the complainant, respondent, and any witnesses will be interviews and any additional evidence gathered and brought before a Hearing Board. Both the complainant and respondent will have access to an advisor.
- The preponderance of evidence standard (more likely than not) is the standard of evidence used to determine whether a violation of the policy has occurred.
- If the wishes to move forward with an informal resolution process, both the complainant and respondent must voluntarily consent to informal resolution in writing. An informal resolution can be requested at any time, and the complainant or respondent may withdraw from the informal resolution at any time before its completion.
- The informal resolution process may not be utilized for situations involving allegations that a College employee engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student.
- Both parties will be notified of the outcome in writing. If a violation was found to take place, the director of student conduct will meet with the student(s) or, for employees, the director of employee relations will meet with the employee(s) to discuss sanctions.
To learn more about your rights, or the College’s responsibilities under Title IX, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at 800-421-3481 or email@example.com. If you wish to fill out a complaint form online directly through the Office for Civil Rights, you may do so here.
The Title IX coordinator and deputy coordinators have been identified by the College to have primary responsibility for the coordination of the College’s efforts to comply with, and carry out institutional obligations related to Title IX, which aims to prevent discrimination, on the basis of sex, in all operations of the College. This also includes the prevention of retaliation for the purposes of interfering with any aspect of the Title IX sex discrimination at HACC.
Title IX Deputy Coordinators
Anthony Beard, Director, Student Conduct
Cooper Student Center 215
Lisa A. Cleveland, Campus Director, Athletics and Recreation
Evans PE Center, 105
Yes. The Title IX compliance team is charged with supporting the Title IX coordinator and deputy coordinators in leading the College’s compliance efforts relative to Title IX and sex-based discrimination.
The compliance team is comprised of employees from academic and administrative units within the College to ensure that Title IX is consistently monitored throughout all aspects of the institution. Members of the Title IX compliance team are comprehensively trained, evaluate current policies, monitor progress of Title IX investigations, and may occasionally lead investigations of allegations of the Title IX Sex Discrimination HACC violations. Members of the Title IX compliance team will be added as necessary by the Title IX coordinator and in consultation with the respective functional leader.
- Advising and Counseling Departments
- Behavioral Intervention Team
- Student Access (formerly Disability) Services
- Public Safety and Security Department
- Office of Inclusion and Diversity
- YWCA Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-654-1211)
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (pcadv.org)
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (pcar.org)
- Local hospitals and urgent care centers
- Local police
- United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Know Your Rights Fact Sheet
- Nine Things to Know About Title IX Video
- Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Website
- What is Sex Discrimination?
- United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Title IX Questions & Answers
- What is Consent? (Tea Consent Video)