Sexual Harassment Policy & Procedures

Sexual Harassment/Misconduct Procedures and Options

We encourage members of the community who experience any form of sexual misconduct discussed in this policy to contact one of the people/offices listed in Section II below – regardless of when or where the act occurred. These resources can assist in recovering from the experience and in deciding what options may be available.


Sexual misconduct can also be referred to sexual harassment,Title IX violations, Title VII violations, harassment, and/or discrimination. Though these titles get confusing, it is our job to determine what happened to you, not yours. The most important thing is, if you feel something happened to you, even if you are not sure what it was, talk to us. Paul Meese and his team are here to help. Please contact Paul Meese or submit an online complaint form.

 
As a recipient of federal funds, FRCC is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities. Sexual misconduct, as defined in this policy, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

 
In compliance with Title IX, FRCC provides a procedure for reporting, investigating and adjudicating sexual misconduct committed by students. Students or employees experiencing sexual misconduct should contact FRCC’s Title IX Coordinator, Paul M. Meese, (303) 678-3707, for information about complaint procedures, or click on the link below. Although FRCC encourages students to use the FRCC procedures, students may also file a Title IX complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

Anonymity and Confidentiality; Students Who Do Not Want to Take Formal Action or Pursue Conduct Charges

FRCC makes every effort to protect students’ privacy and confidentiality. Information reported will be shared only on a need-to-know basis, and after consultation with the reporting student. FRCC also takes steps to protect students against further misconduct, including retaliation, as described below. If a student (or other person) informs a campus resource of an incident of sexual violence or other form of sexual harassment, FRCC may need to investigate and take appropriate action to fulfill its Title IX obligation to provide a non-discriminatory environment, even if the student wishes to remain anonymous or not to pursue a conduct charge.

 
Overview and purpose of sexual misconduct policy
Campus resources
Off campus resources
Definitions
Examples of sexual misconduct
Complaint procedures
Complaint form
Risk reduction tips
Title IX/VII Coordinator
Title IX Myths

 
This procedure defines and prohibits harassment on the basis of federal and state law as interpreted by the courts. If statutory provisions, regulatory guidance, or court interpretations change or conflict with this procedure, the procedure can be deemed amended as of the time of the decision, ruling or legislative enactment to assure continued compliance.

 
FRCC reserves the right to change any provision or requirement of this procedure at any time and the change shall become effective immediately.