5.4.16 Jurisdiction of Richland Community College

adopted: Feb-2021
last revised: Feb-2021

This Policy applies to the education programming and activities of Richland Community College and to conduct that takes place on the campus or on property owned or controlled by Richland Community College and/or at Richland-sponsored events. The Respondent must be a member of Richland’s community in order for this Policy to apply.

This Policy can also be applicable to off-campus misconduct that effectively deprives a person of access to Richland Community College’s educational programs. Richland may also extend jurisdiction to off-campus and/or to online conduct when the Title IX Coordinator determines that the conduct affects a substantial Richland interest.

Regardless of where the conduct occurred, the Title IX Coordinator will address notice/complaints to determine whether the conduct occurred in the context of its employment or educational program or activity and/or has continuing effects on campus or in an off-campus sponsored program or activity. A substantial Richland Community College interest includes the following:

  • Any action that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by law. This includes, but is not limited to, single or repeat violations of any local, state, or federal law;
  • Any situation in which it is determined that the Respondent poses an immediate threat to the physical health or safety of any student, employee, or other individual;
  • Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property, or achievements of others, significantly breaches the peace, and/or causes social disorder; and/or
  • Any situation that substantially interferes with the educational interests or mission of Richland Community College.

If the Respondent is unknown or is not a member of the Richland community, the Title IX Coordinator will assist the Complainant in identifying appropriate campus and local resources and support options. If criminal conduct is alleged, Richland Community College can assist in contacting local or campus law enforcement if the individual would like to file a police report.

Further, even when the Respondent is not a member of the College community, supportive measures, remedies, and resources may be provided to the Complainant by contacting the Title IX Coordinator.

Richland Community College may take other actions as appropriate to protect the Complainant against third parties, such as barring individuals from Richland property and/or events.

All vendors serving Richland through third-party contracts are subject to the policies and procedures of their employers.

When the Respondent is enrolled in or employed by another institution, the Title IX Coordinator can assist the Complainant in liaising with the appropriate individual at that institution, as it may be possible to allege violations through that institution’s policies.

Similarly, the Title IX Coordinator may be able to assist and support a student or employee Complainant who experiences discrimination in an externship, study abroad program, or other environment external to Richland Community College where sexual harassment or nondiscrimination policies and procedures of the facilitating or host organization may give recourse to the Complainant.