College should be a place where you can learn, grow as a person and explore the world around you without fear of
discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct.
With that in mind, Richland College wants you to be aware of your rights under Title IX and what you can do if you feel that you have been a victim of
gender-based discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is
a comprehensive federal civil rights law enforced by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender (including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity) in federally funded education programs. Under Title IX, such discrimination can include sexual harassment and
interpersonal violence including: stalking, relationship violence and sexual violence. These terms are referred to collectively here as
(See the bottom of the Glossary of Terms page for some
examples of sexual misconduct.)
The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and each of its colleges are committed to ensuring equal access to education in an environment free from discrimination, including sexual misconduct. To that end, DCCCD has developed a comprehensive
Sexual Misconduct policy (PDF - 180KB) in order to comply with Title IX requirements.
DCCCD’s Sexual Misconduct policy applies to any instance in which a person is
alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct. Whether you are a student, faculty, staff member or visitor, you have the right to file a complaint. Complaints or reports of sexual misconduct should be submitted to the
Title IX coordinator and/or
deputy Title IX coordinator of the appropriate college within DCCCD. Reports of sexual misconduct committed by a Title IX coordinator should be reported to the
Office of General Counsel.
Title IX applies regardless of a person’s national origin, immigration status or citizenship status.
DCCCD affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise. All DCCCD policies are subject to an equitable resolution process. The Sexual Misconduct policy is applicable regardless of the status of the parties involved, who may be members or nonmembers of the DCCCD community, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators and/or staff.
DCCCD reserves the right to act on incidents of sexual misconduct occurring on campus or off campus. Incidents of off-campus sexual misconduct will be treated in the same manner as complaints about on-campus sexual misconduct if it is determined that the alleged sexual misconduct occurred in the context of an educational program or activity or may have an ongoing effect on the DCCCD environment.
In most cases, online postings or other electronic communication by students are not subject to DCCCD's policies if they happen completely outside DCCCD's control (meaning not on DCCCD networks or websites or between DCCCD email accounts). This includes cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber harassment, etc. Such behavior will only be subject to DCCCD's policies when the behavior can be shown to cause a substantial on-campus disruption.
online postings or electronic communication that qualifies as sexual misconduct is subject to DCCCD’s Sexual Misconduct policy, regardless of whether it occurs on DCCCD networks or websites, or between DCCCD email accounts. If such conduct takes place outside DCCCD's control, the behavior will be subject to the Sexual Misconduct policy if it is determined that the alleged sexual misconduct occurred in the context of an educational program or activity or may have an ongoing effect on the DCCCD environment.
Title IX coordinator for each college oversees implementation and enforcement of DCCCD’s Sexual Misconduct policy. Each college within DCCCD has a designated Title IX coordinator.
Anyone with concerns about a possible violation of the Sexual Misconduct policy is encouraged to contact a college Title IX coordinator. You can also get help from any of the offices/individuals below:
Richland College asks all employees to share reports of sexual misconduct with the Title IX coordinator promptly. DCCCD requires those employees designated as
responsible employees to report alleged incidents of sexual misconduct.
All reports of sexual misconduct are acted upon as quickly as possible. Every effort is made by Richland College to preserve the privacy of reports. Reports may also be filed anonymously.
and a violation of DCCCD’s Sexual Misconduct policy to
retaliate against an individual for:
If you believe you are being subjected to retaliatory behavior for filing a complaint of sexual misconduct or participating in the investigation of such a complaint, please
contact your college Title IX coordinator.
DCCCD and its colleges recognize that confidentiality is important; failure to keep information confidential may hurt the ability of DCCCD to investigate and resolve claims of sexual misconduct. However, although DCCCD and its colleges are committed to respecting the confidentiality and privacy of all parties (people), we cannot guarantee complete confidentiality.Within DCCCD, some resources (people), such as
responsible employees, may be required by DCCCD policy or by law to share a report of sexual misconduct with appropriate parties promptly. Other resources (people) may serve in a professional role in which communication is
privileged under law.Learn more about reporting obligations and your options for confidentiality.
Want to make a report or ask a question? Get contact information for the Title IX coordinator at your college or at the district level.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual misconduct, help is available. Visit this page for information about additional resources on and off campus.
See definitions of some terms used in DCCCD's nondiscrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct policies. This page also includes some examples of behavior that would be considered sexual misconduct and/or a violation of DCCCD's Sexual Misconduct policy.