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Title IX & Sexual Harassment

COVID-19 Update

Dear PCC Community –

The Title IX office is open and functioning remotely while the campus is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are impacted by sex- or gender-based discrimination, harassment, or assault during this time, please know that we are here for you. Please contact our office using one of the following methods. You can make a report or contact us to discuss your options:

PCC strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment. The same in-person behavior guidelines also apply to the online environment. PCC employees and students are expected to conduct themselves in online and virtual activities with the same level of respect they would in person.

We understand that due to the pandemic and people being isolated at home, incidents of domestic and family violence can increase. While Title IX regulates behavior between members of the PCC community, if you are a PCC employee or student and are being harassed or abused by someone who is not affiliated with PCC, please email Diane or Staci who can provide you with community resources that can help.

Be safe,

PCC Title IX Office


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

Interim Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy

Pima Community College (the "College") is committed to providing an educational, workplace, and public environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, including on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability or perceived disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. The College does not discriminate on any of the forgoing bases in its educational programs and services, hiring and employment, or any other opportunities and services it provides. The College likewise does not tolerate unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, in any College programs or activities, on College property, or in any facility owned or controlled by the College.

In accordance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), the College is dedicated to maintaining a safe and non-discriminatory educational environment, free from unlawful sex- or gender-based discrimination and harassment in its educational programs and services, and to responding to Title IX complaints in prompt, neutral, thorough, and effective manner.

Moreover, the College prohibits unlawful retaliation against individuals who report discrimination or harassment, assist another in reporting a complaint, or otherwise participate in an investigation into or process regarding the resolution of a complaint of unlawful discrimination or harassment, including, but not limited to, Title IX complaints, investigations, and processes.

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
Dean of Students
Title IX Coordinator
(520) 206-6677
sdesjardin@pima.edu

Diane Deskin
Advanced Program Manager
Title IX and Student Conduct
(520) 206-7120
sddeskin@pima.edu

Staci Shea
Assistant Program Manager
Title IX and Student Conduct
520-206-7028
sshea1@pima.edu

Email: title9@pima.edu

How to File a Complaint

Complaints may be filed with the Title IX office through

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
800-421-3481
OCR@ed.gov

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.

Training

All members of the Title IX team (Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Decision-makers, and Advisors) receive annual training on the following topics:

  1. the definition of sexual harassment in § 106.30,
  2. the scope of the MCCCDs education program or activity
  3. Issues of relevance, including how to apply rape shield provisions
  4. the grievance process including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes
  5. how to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias

In addition, Title IX Coordinators receive training on:

  1. How to use the Title IX Notice and Communication Templates

In addition, Decision-makers receive training on:

  1. The technology to be used at a live hearing
  2. Issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about the complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant

In addition, Investigators receive training on:

  1. Issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence, as set forth in paragraph (b)(5)(vii) of this section
  2. How to conduct a fair and neutral investigation

In addition, Advisors receive training on:

  1. The role of a Title IX Advisor and how they can serve their Advisees

All materials used to train the members of the Title IX team (Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, Decision-makers, and Advisors)

  1. do not rely on sex stereotypes, and promote impartial investigations and adjudications of formal complaints of sexual harassment
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