5.4.9 Supportive Measures

adopted: Feb-2021
last revised: Feb-2021

Richland Community College will offer and implement appropriate and reasonable supportive measures to the parties upon notice of alleged harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.

Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate and as reasonably available. They are offered without fee or charge to the parties to restore or preserve access to Richland Community College’s education program or activity, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties and/or Richland Community College’ educational environment, and/or to deter harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.

The Title IX Coordinator promptly makes supportive measures available to the parties upon receiving notice or a complaint. At the time that supportive measures are offered, Richland Community College will inform the Complainant, in writing, that they may file a formal complaint with Richland Community College either at that time or in the future, if they have not done so already. The Title IX Coordinator works with the Complainant to ensure that their wishes are taken into account with respect to the supportive measures that are planned and implemented.

Richland Community College will maintain the confidentiality of the supportive measures, provided that confidentiality does not impair Richland Community College’s ability to provide those supportive measures. Richland Community College will act to ensure as minimal an academic/occupational impact on the parties as possible. Richland Community College will implement measures in a way that does not unreasonably burden the other party.

These actions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Item Referral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services;
  • Referral to the Employee Assistance Program;
  • Referral to community-based service providers;
  • Student financial aid counseling;
  • Education to the institutional community or community subgroup(s);
  • Altering work arrangements for employees or student-employees;
  • Safety planning;
  • Providing campus safety escorts;
  • Implementing contact limitations (no contact orders) between the parties;
  • Academic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/program-related adjustments;
  • Trespass, Persona Non Grata (PNG), or Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) orders;
  • Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence;
  • Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus;
  • Any other actions deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator.

Violations of no contact orders or other restrictions will be referred to appropriate student or employee conduct processes for action.