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Title IX

 

 

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination; sexual harassment and gender-based harassment, including harassment based on actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; sexual assault; sexual exploitation; domestic violence; dating violence; and stalking.

Windward Community College recognizes the inherent dignity of all individuals and hereby declares and reaffirms its commitment to the University’s pursuit of equal education and employment opportunity. If you or someone you know has experienced sex discrimination or gender-based violence, Windward Community College has staff and resources on our campus to support and assist you.


Confidential Resources

To speak with someone confidentially, or to receive information and support in a confidential setting, please see the resources listed below:

  • Karla Silva-Park
  • Mental Health Counselor, Designated Confidential Resource
  • karlas@hawaii.edu
  • 808- 235-7468
  • Kaahu Alo
  • Student Life Counselor, Designated Confidential Advocate for Students
  • kaahualo@hawaii.edu
  • 808-235-7354
  • Office of Gender Equity-Jenna Friedman, J.D.
  • Gender Equity Specialist
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • jenna.friedman@hawaii.edu
  • (808) 956-9499


Making a Formal Report

Windward Community College is committed to responding promptly and effectively to reports of discrimination based on sex. For questions or concerns regarding sex discrimination or gender-based violence, or to make a formal report, please contact one of Windward Community College’s Title IX Coordinators:

  • Danielle Grimes
    Title IX Coordinator
  • wcctix@hawaii.edu
  • 808-235-7393
    Hale Akoakoa 220
  • Karen Cho
    Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
  • kcho@hawaii.edu
  • 808-235-7404
    Hale Alakai 120B

Your Rights

The University strives to provide members of the campus community with fair and equitable resolution processes that include both formal and informal options.

  • Reporting:
    • Reporting parties have the right to notify law enforcement of incidents and to receive assistance from campus personnel in doing so.
    • Reporting parties may decline to report to law enforcement if they so wish.
    • Reporting parties have the right to have their allegations investigated and resolved internally by the institution.
  • Fairness:
    • All members of the campus community have the right to have reported incidents addressed according to the published University procedures.
    • All parties have equal opportunities to have a support person of their choosing or offered by the institution present throughout all resolution proceedings (including intake, interviews, hearings, etc.). This person can be an advisor, advocate, attorney, family member, friend, faculty member, etc.
    • All parties have the right to written notice of the outcome of sexual misconduct resolution proceedings.
    • Reporting parties, their supporters, and witnesses have a right to be free from retaliation.
  • Support:
    • Students have a right to be notified of their ability to access mental health counseling, health, and advocacy services.
    • Students and employees have a right to be notified of on- and off -campus support services.
    • All parties involved in sexual misconduct allegations will receive the information and assistance needed to effectively participate in all proceedings.
    • Reporting parties have the right to seek orders of protection, no-contact orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful orders issues by criminal, or civil courts, and may seek the help of Campus Security in requesting and/or enforcing.


Federal Resources

Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with government authorities:

  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
  • Seattle Office
  • Office for Civil Rights
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • 915 Second Avenue Room 3310
  • Seattle, WA 98174-1099
  • Telephone: (206) 607-1600
  • FAX: (206) 607-1601;
  • TDD: (800) 877-8339
  • Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
  • http://www.ed.gov/ocr
  • U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
  • 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
  • Educational Opportunities Section, PHB
  • Washington, D.C. 20530
  • Telephone: (202) 514-4092 or (877) 292-3804 (toll-free)
  • Fax: (202) 514-8337)
  • Email: education@usdoj.gov

 

 
February 24, 2015