Flint Hills Technical College is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To ensure compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, and to affirm its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational program or activity, Flint Hills Technical College has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for those involved in an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of protected class status, and for allegations of retaliation. Flint Hills Technical College values and upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights of the parties in the grievance process during what is often a difficult time for all those involved.
A primary concern of the Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC) is the health and well-being of each student and employee; therefore, FHTC is committed to creating a community that is free from acts of sexual violence. The Sexual Violence/Sexual Misconduct Policy complies with the Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (section 304(a)(5) of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, known as the “Campus SaVE Act.” Sexual violence includes any unwanted, unwelcome, forceful or coercive sexual contact.
Harassment is any action prohibited under State and Federal Statutes VII, IX, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It further includes all forms of sexual harassment, racial/cultural slurs, verbal abuse, and verbally offensive language which are forms of discrimination under Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e seq.
The core purpose of this policy is the prohibition of all forms of discrimination. Sometimes, discrimination involves exclusion from activities, such as admission or employment. Other times, discrimination takes the form of harassment or, in the case of sex-based discrimination, can encompass sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, dating violence or domestic violence. When an alleged violation of this anti-discrimination policy is reported, the allegations are subject to resolution using Flint Hills Technical College “Process A” or “Process B,” as determined by the Title IX Coordinator, and as detailed in the below link.
When the Respondent is a member of the Flint Hills Technical College community, a grievance process may be available regardless of the status of the Complainant, who may or may not be a member of the Flint Hills Technical College community. This community includes, but is not limited to, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators, staff, and third parties such as guests, visitors, volunteers, and invitees. The procedures below may be applied to incidents, to patterns, and/or to the campus climate, all of which may be addressed and investigated in accordance with this policy.
Read FHTC’s Title IX Policies and view FHTC’s Title IX Employee Training Materials in the links below.