Haywood Community College (“College”) strives to make its campuses safe and welcoming learning environments. Pursuant to the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Campus SaVE Act and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations, the College hereby adopts these procedures when investigating, disciplining and educating the College community about sexual harassment and sexual-based violence.
Also, pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations, the College prohibits discrimination in its services and programs based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sex, age, disability, genetic information and veteran status. HCC Title Ⅸ Brochure
The College is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex. The College responds to reports of sexual harassment including sexual violence, as part of its efforts to stop the harassment and prevent its recurrence of possible sex discrimination. An individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact a Title Ⅸ Compliance Officer. For students that is Dr. Laura Leatherwood and for staff that is Marsha Stines. Contact information for both compliance officers is located on the right hand side of this page.
All members of the College community are expected to engage in conduct that contributes to the culture of integrity and honor upon which Haywood Community College is grounded. Acts of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, dating, violence, domestic violence and stalking, jeopardize the health and welfare of our campus community and the larger community as a whole.
The College has established procedures for preventing and investigating allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking that are compliant with Title Ⅸ federal regulations. Policy 5.11 Discrimination, Harassment & Sexual-Based Violence
Reports regarding an alleged violation of Title Ⅸ, including those taking place off campus, such as sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking; sexual misconduct incidents involving minors, guests and third party users; and any allegation of inequity in educational programs and activities should be reported to any College responsible employee and communicated to a Title Ⅸ Compliance Officer. Incident Report
Campus Security Reporting
Haywood Community College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the College’s community and visitors. The College shall comply with the Crime Awareness and Security Act of 1990, as amended by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Policy 3.40 Campus Security Reporting – Clery Act
The health and safety of every student at Haywood Community College is of utmost importance. The College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including but not limited to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The College strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to College officials. The College may also offer amnesty or leniency to the alleged victim or reporting witness with respect to other violations of College policy which may be disclosed as a result of such reports, depending on the circumstances involved. A bystander acting in good faith or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to Haywood Community College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to Haywood Community College’s Code of Conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
The Title Ⅸ Administrator ensures that the report is addressed through the identified resolution procedures and policies, and that the incident is resolved in a timely, fair, and impartial manner. Reports are examined based on the policies and procedures of the College where compliance with Title Ⅸ is of the utmost importance.
Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act require colleges to provide sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual discrimination prevention education for students and employees annually.
Haywood Community College adopted a policy that states:
All new students and all employees shall be required to participate in a primary prevention and awareness program that promotes awareness of discrimination, harassment and sexual-based violence. This program will be held annually at the beginning of each fall semester.
We created a course in Moodle for students and employees to test their Title IX knowledge. This course can be taken at their convenience. Questions about the course and Title IX as it relates to students can be answered by Dr. Laura Leatherwood, Vice President of Student Services at 828-565-4220.
You may take the course as many times as you wish. There is no passing score. The important thing is to learn the information and resources available to students.
The student course can be found at: http://moodle2.haywood.edu/course/view.php?id=2639
The employee course can be found at: http://moodle2.haywood.edu/course/view.php?id=2587
Approved June 1st, 2015