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4003.1  Anti-Harassment in Employment

Danville Area Community College is committed to providing an educational and workplace environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, the College prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any person because of race, color, age, sex, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy or any other status protected by law. This policy applies to all College employees, students, visitors and third-parties in connection with employment with the College and any College program or activity, whether on or off campus.

Any person found to have engaged in any form of harassment or discrimination may be subject to discipline, including expulsion, termination and/or exclusion from the College and any College events or activities. Any person who has been subjected to sexual harassment or any other form of sex-based misconduct is encouraged to make a report with the College’s Title IX Coordinator. For additional information regarding sex-based misconduct, see the College’s Sex-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures 3024, which can be found at the following link: https://www.dacc.edu/board/policies?search=3024.0. Any person who has been subjected to discrimination or harassment based on a category or categories other than sex is encouraged to make a report with the Title IX Coordinator, Jill Cranmore, 217-443-8756, 2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL 61832.

Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that is based upon a person’s status, such as sex, color, race, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or other legally protected statuses. Danville Area Community College will not tolerate harassing conduct that affects tangible job benefits, that interferes unreasonably with an individual’s work performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Retaliation Prohibited

Any form of retaliation, including intimidation, threats, harassment, bullying and other adverse action taken or threatened against any complainant or person reporting discrimination or harassment or against any person cooperating in the investigation of allegations of discrimination or harassment (including assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation), is strictly prohibited. A person reporting allegations of retaliation may be protected under state or federal law, including but not limited to, the Illinois Whistleblower Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

Any person found to have engaged in retaliation may be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion, termination and/or exclusion from the College and its events andactivities. Reports of retaliation should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Jill Cranmore, 217-443-8756, 2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL 61832.

False Reports

Any person who knowingly makes a false report under this policy may be subject to discipline including termination from employment and exclusion from the College.

Implementing Procedures; Complaints

The procedures implementing this policy can be found at https://www.dacc.edu/titleix. Inquiries may also be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544 or (312) 730-1560, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov .

Danville Area Community College’s policy is to investigate all complaints made under this policy impartially, thoroughly and promptly. To the fullest extent possible, Danville Area Community College will keep harassment complaints, records related to harassment complaints, and the terms of the resolution confidential. If any investigation confirms that a violation of the policy has occurred, Danville Area Community College will take appropriate corrective action to stop the harassment and to ensure that the harassment does not reoccur. Such corrective action may include training of harasser, monitoring of harasser and/or discipline of the harasser proportional to the offense, up to and including discharge.

If you believe that you have been the subject of unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation you also have the right to file a charge of civil rights violations with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. For further information, you may call or write to the Illinois Department of Human Rights, 222 S. College Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701, 217.785.5100, of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, Stratton Office Building, Springfield, Illinois 62701, 217.785.4350.

Adopted: 7-28-92
Revised: 9-26-00; 3-23-04; 11-15-05; 1-26-10; 8-23-11; 9-27-16; 10-22-20

3024.0  Prohibiting Sex-Based Misconduct Policy

I. Policy Statement

Danville Area Community College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and employment environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and other misconduct on the basis of sex, which includes sexual orientation and gender-related identity. The College prohibits all forms of sex-based misconduct, including but not limited to, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The College also prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender-related identity and expression, pregnancy, and parental status under its Title IX – Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Gender (4003.3).

It is the policy of Danville Area Community College to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, and all other applicable laws and local ordinances regarding unlawful sex-based discrimination, harassment or other misconduct.

Individuals found to have engaged in prohibited sex-based misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination and/or expulsion from the College.

II. Title IX Compliance

As required under Title IX, the College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates. This requirement not to discriminate extends to admission and employment.

The College has designated the Vice President of Human Resources as the Title IX Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with its responsibilities under Title IX. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and 34 C.F.R. Part 106 may be directed to the College’s Title IX Coordinator(s), the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education, or both.

III. Retaliation Prohibited

Any form of retaliation, including intimidation, threats, harassment and other adverse action taken or threatened against any complainant or person reporting sex discrimination, sexual harassment or other sex-based misconduct, or against any person cooperating in the investigation of allegations of sex-based misconduct (including testifying, assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation), is strictly prohibited.

IV. Implementing Procedures

The College will establish, maintain and publish procedures implementing this Policy, which set forth:
  • The scope and jurisdiction of the College’s prohibition on sex-based misconduct;
  • Definitions of prohibited conduct;
  • Responsibilities of and contact information for the College’s Title IX Coordinator;
  • Options for assistance following an incident of sex-based discrimination, harassment or other misconduct;
  • Procedures for reporting and confidentially disclosing alleged sex-based misconduct, including a mechanism for reporting and independent review of allegations against one elected official by another elected official;
  • The College’s response to reports of alleged sex-based misconduct;
  • The College’s grievance process for complaints alleging Title IX sexual harassment and/or alleging sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking;
  • Prevention and education programming provided to College students; and
  • Training and education provided to the Title IX Coordinator, campus law enforcement, campus security, and anyone else involved in the receipt of reports of, responding to, investigating or adjudicating alleged incidents of sexual discrimination, harassment or other misconduct, or involved in the referral or provision of services to survivors.

Adopted: 6-28-16
Revised: 10-2-20;