1.3.3 Title IX

Definition

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance. Anyone, student or employee, of Alexandria Technical & Community College who feels that he/she has been discriminated against in violation of this college's policy shall avail themselves of the following grievance procedure.

Filing of Grievance

A student or employee, who believes himself or herself to be a victim of sex discrimination in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, may file a grievance in person or in writing with the college's Human Rights Officer if not grievous by means of another grievance procedure. The grievance should be filed as soon as possible after the alleged discriminatory act/conduct occurs.

Investigation Procedure: Informal Conference

The Human Rights Officer shall make a prompt investigation of each charge filed. If after investigation it is the Human Rights Officer's opinion the charge lacks foundation, the officer shall so inform the complainant within 15 calendar days of the date of the filing charge. However, should the Human Rights Officer's investigation disclose the possibility that the charge is valid or has some foundation, the officer shall meet informally with the complainant and the college officials/employees involved and endeavor to arrive at an equitable solution to the problem.

Appeal Procedure and Time Limits on Appeals

If the complainant is dissatisfied with either the results of the informal conference or the Human Rights Officer's finding that no violation of Title IX has occurred, he/she may appeal that decision to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System using MnSCU Policy 1B.1.1, http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/1b01p1.html. Such an appeal must be taken within 10 days from the date the complainant was informed of the Human Rights Officer's decision. The appeal must be in writing and state the reason for the complaint with particularity the reasons the complainant disagrees with the Human Rights Officer's disposition of his/her case.

Optional Hearing Procedures, Decision, Review by Board

If the grievance is not informally resolved, both the complainant and the alleged discriminator shall have an opportunity to be heard on their own behalf. The hearing will be held before a committee of three administrators of the college appointed by the president. The written decision issued as a result of a hearing held pursuant to this section shall be final.

If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision, appeal may be made to one or more of the following offices: Director of the Office for Civil Rights, 300 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606; or Commissioner of Human Rights, 200 Capitol Square Building, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105; or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Regional Office, 342 North Walker Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. For a complete copy of MnSCU Policy 1B.1.1 Report/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigation and Resolution, contact the Human Rights Officer.

Student Rights Compliance Officers

Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 9/14/04
Last Date Revised: 3/16/06