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.
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.
All members of the HACC community have the right…
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.
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.
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.