Gender or Sex Discrimination (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 intimate partner violence (dating 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.
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 harassment - Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature such as sexual advances, verbal or non-verbal communication, stalking, or physical conduct that interferes with a person’s work or school environment.
- Sexual violence - A form of sexual harassment consisting of acts such as sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, sexual coercion, etc.
- Sexual assault - Unwanted physical contact such as touching, kissing, rape, etc.
- Domestic or dating violence - Purposefully hurting or scaring someone within the context of an intimate relationship. Includes emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
- 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, 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 and emotional support from our counseling staff
- To information about options, interim 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 Title IX Sex Discrimination Shared Governance 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 violence, etc.), prevent recurrences, and appropriately address potential effects. This often includes the enacting of appropriate interim 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.
Within the College, possible violations of the Title IX Sex Discrimination should be reported, in as much detail as possible. Complaints can be made via email, or in person by contacting the Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinators or through any of the following College departments:
- The College receives a report about a possible Title IX violation.
- The campus Student Affairs dean meets with the complainant to discuss rights, options, and interim measures.
- If the complainant wishes to move forward with an investigation, an investigator is assigned to conduct interviews with the complainant, respondent, and witnesses and pulls together a report of the findings for the Title IX Coordinator.
- The Title IX Coordinator makes a decision based on the gathered information and both parties are notified of the outcome in writing. Additional efforts are taken to prevent reoccurrence, if necessary.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Della A. Archer, Director, Employee Relations
Ted Lick Administration Building,
Anthony Ed.D. Beard, Director, Student Conduct
Cooper Student Center 131
Lisa A. Cleveland, Campus Director, Athletics and Recreation
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)