Title IX and Sexual Harassment
Title IX is a federal law civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any program or activity at an educational institution that receives federal funding, including Pima. Under Title IX, no student can be excluded from participating in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any PCC program or activity on the basis of his or her sex or gender.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights administers and enforces Title IX.
PCC's Discrimination and Harassment Policy
In accordance with Title IX, PCC's policy prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex or gender. This policy is articulated in Board Policy 5.10, Administrative Procedure 5.10.03, and in the Student Code of Conduct.
Examples of conduct prohibited by PCC's discrimination and harassment policy include:
- sexual assault (including unwanted touching)
- sexual harassment (including hostile environment and “quid pro quo”)
- sexual discrimination (including in hiring, academic programs, or enrichment opportunities)
- intimate partner violence between two members of the PCC community (such as two students or a student and an employee)
- sexual exploitation
- gender-based harassment
The protections and prohibitions of this policy apply to all PCC students, employees, vendors, and guests.
PCC's Title IX Coordinator
Title IX is administered through the Title IX Coordinator’s Office, located at PCC’s Downtown Campus, Room LB-190, 1255 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ.
Dr. Suzanne Desjardin
How to File a Complaint
Complaints may be filed with the Title IX office through
- The Office of Dispute Resolution’s online form
- The 24/7 complaint hotline: 1-855-503-8072 (toll-free)
- Calling or emailing the Title IX administrator or coordinator
- An in-person visit to the Title IX office
Anonymous complaints can be made via the online form or hotline. While they are accepted, this type of complaint may affect reporting and resolution.
Student Complaint Liaisons are available to students at each campus to assist in the reporting process.
PCC takes complaints of sexual discrimination or harassment very seriously and encourages all students who feel they have experienced discrimination or harassment on the basis of their sex or gender to reach out to the College for assistance. However, students are not required to file a Title IX complaint with the College before filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, which may be contacted as followings:
U.S. Dept. of Education - Office for Civil Rights
Reporting a Title IX Incident
Responsible PCC employees must report all allegations of sexual misconduct that they receive to the College’s Title IX Coordinator’s Office or to Campus Police. Not all reports will result in a formal investigation. However, all reports must be reviewed and addressed.
Investigating and Addressing Complaints
Title IX complaints are addressed through an investigation process. Complaints can typically be resolved formally or informally. The Title IX Coordinator initiates fact-finding regarding the complaint. Both parties to the complaint are offered an equal opportunity to present information, identify witnesses, have the support of an advisor, and provide information regarding allegations.