South Suburban College is committed to equal rights and will take the necessary steps to ensure that students may work, learn, and study in an environment free from illegal harassment and discrimination. Harassment and discrimination infringe upon mutual respect in all relationships and have the potential to result in serious harm to student success.
In accordance with the statutory provisions included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, and all other applicable federal and state laws, South Suburban College shall not discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor as prohibited by law, rule or regulation.
College policies and procedures have been instituted to prevent harassment and discrimination. These policies and procedures provide for the investigation and resolution of complaints. Findings of harassment or discrimination may result in discipline, including suspension or dismissal from South Suburban College.
The College prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of age, disability, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status, or in retaliation for having made a prior discrimination or harassment complaint. Harassment is unwanted behavior directed toward an individual based on one or more of the foregoing designated characteristics.
Discrimination and Harassment Procedure
Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination or harassment may follow either an informal or formal procedure without fear of retaliation. The College will complete a prompt and confidential investigation as set forth below, following notice of a complaint.
Step 1 – Any student believing he or she has been a victim of discrimination or harassment shall notify the office of the Vice President of Student Development. The Vice President, or his/her designee, shall make an effort to resolve the matter informally.
Step 2 – If the matter cannot be satisfactorily resolved at step 1, the student shall file a formal written complaint with the Vice President of Student Development. The mailing address for such complaints is: Vice President of Student Development, 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois 60473. If a written complaint is not filed, South Suburban College will consider the matter resolved.
The written complaint shall be filed within sixty (60) days of the alleged incident of discrimination or harassment. Written complaints shall be signed by the complaining student and shall state in detail the time, place, pertinent facts, and circumstances of the alleged discrimination or harassment along with any witnesses. The Vice President of Student Development, or his/her designee, will notify the accused of the complaint and will conduct a thorough investigation of the complaint within thirty (30) days of its receipt. The time period may be extended for justifiable reasons or by mutual consent. The complainant and the accused shall be informed of any time extensions.
Step 3 – Upon completion of the investigation, the Vice President of Student Development shall issue a written statement of the final outcome of the investigation. If the Vice President of Student Development finds substantial evidence that discrimination or harassment occurred, the written statement shall include a recommendation of a reasonable and appropriate remedy for the complaining party.
Employees discriminating or harassing students
will be subject to discipline under the appropriate
South Suburban College employment policies and,
as applicable, collective bargaining agreements.
Depending on the severity of the incident, disciplinary
action against an offending employee may include
discharge from employment. Students discriminating against other students will be subject to discipline
under the Student Code of Conduct. When deemed
appropriate and necessary, South Suburban College
may take additional corrective action to remedy
any instances upon a finding of discrimination or
Step 4 – If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation, he or she shall request, in writing, that the College President, or his or her designee, review the matter. The complainant must make this written request within ten (10) days of the written statement in step 3.
Upon receipt of a written request, an impartial four (4) person panel shall be convened. The College President shall tender the names of three (3) administrators to the complainant. The complainant shall select one of these administrators to serve on the panel. The College President shall also appoint one other College administrator and a vice-president to serve on the panel and solicit the name of one member of the South Suburban College Faculty Association, said member to be chosen by the Association.
The President’s panel shall arrange to meet with the complainant, as well as any other individuals who may have knowledge of the facts of the complaint. The panel shall conduct all meetings it deems necessary and shall submit its findings, in writing, to the President. The panel findings shall be submitted to the President within thirty (30) working days from the date the President received the written appeal. The President shall then determine the necessity of any further action. Time limits may be extended by mutual consent.
Because of their sensitive nature, complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination will be handled with the utmost discretion and confidentiality. Retaliation against individuals who invoke the procedures set forth herein is strictly prohibited.