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Lone Star College System Nondiscrimination & Equal Opportunity Policy

The Lone Star College System is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The System does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, disability, age, veteran status, nationality or ethnicity in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other System or College administered programs and activities.

Inquiries concerning the Systemís policies, compliance applicable laws, statutes, regulations (such as Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504), and complaints may be directed to the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, who is designated as the Systemís Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator. Inquiries about the laws and compliance may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Education.

Lone Star College System Board Policy AHA provides that no individual shall be excluded from admission to, participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any Lone Star College System program or sponsored activity on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, or disability.

Prohibited discrimination includes the following:

Harassment: Simply put, harassment is any conduct, verbal or physical, on or off campus, that has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual or groupís educational performance at Lone Star College System or that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. Harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, veteran status or disability includes harassment of an individual in terms of a stereotyped group characteristic, or because of that personís identification with a particular group.

Behavior that might be considered harassment includes the following conduct that targets an individual on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, veteran status or disability:

  • Assault and battery, sexual assault, or rape. (This conduct might also be a crime.)

  • Overt threats, serious intimidation, stalking behavior, repeated refusal to take no for an answer, obscene messages on voice mail or computer, taking obvious advantage of someone who is intoxicated or on drugs, serious threats of retaliation and actual retaliation, or sexual bribes and blackmail.

  • Repeated, unwanted touching or kissing, especially if the behavior has been labeled unwelcome.

  • Locking up or physically restraining someone against his or her will or forcing a person into a shower.

  • Degrading, public tirades from a college employee or another student.

  • Deliberate, repeated humiliation, including deliberate humiliation on the basis of sexual orientation, religion, nationality, age, disability, gender or race.

  • Continued use of a handicap railing or a handicap ramp to lock a bicycle or other object after a warning, or other deliberate interference with the life or work of a disabled person.

  • Deliberate desecration of religious articles or places, repeated unwanted proselytizing or repeated interference with the reasonable pursuit of religious life.

  • Repeated insults about loss of personal and professional competence addressed to an older person.

Disparate treatment. The denial of equal access and opportunity can also consist of denying a student, because of his or her race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, veteran status or disability, the opportunity to participate, compete or be evaluated by the same standards as students who do not have the same characteristics. This can occur through the unequal application of evaluation or grading standards; denial of enrollment in a program or activity; or inaccessibility of a program or part of a program as a result of a studentís disability.

Retaliation. Retaliation against anyone who brings a complaint in good faith is against Lone Star College System Board Policy AHA and may be a violation of state and federal laws. Proven retaliation will be treated as a serious offense.


 

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