Non-Discrimination Gender Equity

Peninsula College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, RCW 49.60.030 and their implementing regulations. Prohibited gender based discrimination includes sexual harassment. Employees are also protected from discrimination for filing a whistleblower complaint with the Washington State Auditor.

Harassment is defined as a form of discrimination consisting of physical or verbal conduct that (1) denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual because of their race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, parental status or families with children, marital status, sex (gender), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other prohibited basis; and (2) is sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to substantially interfere with the individual's employment, education or access to college programs, activities and opportunities.

Sexual Harassment is defined, for the purposes of this policy as follows: unwelcome sexual advances, requests, and other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature where:

a) submission to such conduct is made, either expressly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education; or

b) submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting any individual; or

c) such unwelcome conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to have the effect of substantially interfering with any individual’s academic or professional performance.

The College has an official grievance procedure. It is titled #501.01 Non-Discrimination-Gender Equity Procedure. You can download and print the procedure and complaint form here. The form is also available in the Human Resource Office (Bldg C, Room 40). For more information, please visit this page Stop Sexual Harrassment.

Board Policy Number:  501
Date Adopted: June 13, 1995
Date Revised:  June 11, 2013