Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Policies

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education reporting requirements and because of the seriousness of the issues, Jefferson Community and Technical College wants to make sure all faculty, staff, students and the general public are aware of Kentucky Community and Technical College System policies regarding student harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

KCTCS, which includes Jefferson, has zero tolerance for illegal discrimination of any kind. Any student who thinks he or she may have been discriminated against or subjected to harassment by students or employees because of their race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, beliefs, political affiliation, veteran status, age, or disability (including denial of a request for an accommodation), has the right to pursue an informal and/or formal discrimination grievance.

Further, KCTCS will not tolerate retaliation related to a harassment complaint. No unlawful adverse action shall be taken against any individual who resists or rejects unlawful harassment, who makes a good faith report or allegation of harassment, or who participates in a harassment investigation or proceeding. For the full polices, which include instructions on reporting suspected discrimination or retaliation, see below:

For the full polices, which include instructions on reporting suspected discrimination or retaliation, see below:

KCTCS ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 6.6

  • Student Harassment or Discrimination Grievance Procedures
    • The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has zero tolerance for illegal discrimination of any kind. Any student who thinks he/she may have been discriminated against or subjected to harassment by students or employees because of their race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, beliefs, political affiliation, veteran status, age, or disability (including denial of a request for an accommodation), has the right to pursue an informal and/or formal discrimination grievance.  The informal student discrimination grievance procedure is described below.
    • Complaints relating to sexual misconduct should be made to the College Title IX Coordinator or other college administrator.  Such complaints shall be handled in accordance with the Sexual Misconduct Procedure.
    • The chief student affairs officer or his/her designee shall be responsible for investigating student discrimination grievances. If appropriate, this shall be conducted in collaboration with the college human resources director. Each college shall provide a letter, statement, or poster containing information regarding the KCTCS Student Discrimination Grievance Procedure with the name, address, and phone number of the local chief student affairs officer.
    • Most difficulties can be resolved by talking to someone. Therefore, students are encouraged to discuss these problems promptly and candidly with the chief student affairs officer or his/her designee.
      1. If a student thinks that he/she has been discriminated against, the student shall inform the chief student affairs officer or his/her designee within thirty (30) calendar days of the occurrence of the alleged incident. The chief student affairs officer or his/her designee shall conduct a preliminary investigation of the discrimination grievance.
      2. The student, chief student affairs officer or his/her designee, and other involved parties shall work informally to negotiate a solution within fourteen (14) calendar days.

KCTCS ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 3.3.1.4

  • Retaliation
    • Retaliation of any sort is against the law; therefore, KCTCS will not tolerate retaliation related to a harassment complaint.
    • Retaliation may include unlawful adverse employment action (such as a demotion, change in working hours/schedule or working conditions, etc.), offensive behavior on and off the job/KCTCS premises, and third-party retaliation (e.g., against victim’s close associate or relative if also employed at KCTCS).
    • No unlawful adverse employment action or other retaliation shall be taken against any individual who resists or rejects unlawful harassment, who makes a good faith report or allegation of harassment, or who participates in a harassment investigation or proceeding.
    • An individual who believes he/she has been retaliated against shall report it using the same procedures as allegations of harassment or discrimination.
    • KCTCS shall investigate any allegations of retaliation and take appropriate action if retaliation did occur.