5.4.1 Rationale

adopted: Feb-2010
last revised: Feb-2021

Richland Community College is committed to providing a work and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that is free from discrimination and harassment based on a protected category and retaliation for engaging in a protected activity.

To ensure compliance with federal, state, and local civil rights laws and regulations and to affirm its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational program or activity, Richland Community College has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial procedure for those involved in an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of protected class status and for allegations of retaliation.

Richland Community College values and upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights of the parties in the grievance process during what is often a difficult time for all those involved.