Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires that all entities in receipt of any federal funds or financial assistance must prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs and activities. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking are all forms of prohibited sex discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator, Kimberly DeVries, is the individual responsible for ensuring compliance with the law in this area.
Title IX requirements apply to all aspects of education programs and activities at GRCC, including student admissions, financial assistance, access to academic offerings, and athletics. The law also applies to all aspects of GRCC’s employment process, including hiring, tenure, compensation, and training.
GRCC is obligated to:
- Provide assurances that all education programs and activities are in compliance with Title IX.
- Designate a Title IX Coordinator to oversee compliance efforts.
- Establish procedures to resolve student and employee Title IX complaints.
- Provide notification to students and employees that sex discrimination is prohibited within its programs.
- Ensure that all administrators, managers, deans, and program directors, familiarize themselves with, and implement Title IX provisions.
Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator
GRCC’s Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities involve the development, implementation, and monitoring of efforts to comply with Title IX legislation, regulation, and case law. The Title IX Coordinator monitors the application of GRCC policy and Title IX law in relation to complaint procedures. This includes notification, investigation and disposition of complaints; creation of educational materials and training for the campus community; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the GRCC’s Title IX compliance.
Complaints under Title IX
Under Title IX, Grand Rapids Community College is required to prevent and address discrimination which includes unfair treatment based on a protected characteristic, harassment because of a protected characteristic, denial of an entitled reasonable accommodation under State and Federal laws, or retaliation because of a complaint about discrimination or assistance in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for supervising investigations of potential gender discrimination, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic/dating violence and sexual assault. Accordingly, complaints about incidents of any of these forms of gender discrimination should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or any of GRCC's Deputy Coordinators.
Complaints of discrimination which fall under Title IX include sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, dating and domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Definitions of each of these terms can be found in GRCC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. Any GRCC employee is considered a mandatory reporter who must report any sexual misconduct policy violation of which they become aware. Complaints may also be reported to the Grand Rapids Community College Campus Police, or any College official. Complaints of sexual misconduct between GRCC students or where the individual allegedly committing the misconduct is a GRCC student are governed by GRCC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, the GRCC Student Code of Conduct, and applicable state and federal law.
All Grand Rapids Community College Employees
Any College employees with complaints alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or violation of GRCC’s Misconduct, Sexual Misconduct, or Harassment Policies should report them to the Title IX Coordinator or any Deputy Coordinator listed here.
If you have any questions regarding your rights, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.
Update: From June 18, 2018 until September 17, 2018, please contact the Office of General Counsel with ADA Questions. You can reach Deven Swanigan at 616-234-4176 or Kathy Keating at 616-234-4953.
Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance and Title IX Coordinator