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Title IX and Online Classes

As Whatcom Community College continues its preparation to take Spring Quarter 2020 courses entirely online, it is important to emphasize that WCC remains as devoted as always to ensuring our campus remains equitable to all students. If you would like to meet with a Title IX Coordinator via video chat, please email titleix@whatcom.edu. Below are two buttons, one for online reporting of violations, and one for resources for online courses.

Title IX of the Education Opportunity Act of 1972

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)

Title IX statement of support

We at Whatcom Community College are committed to providing a healthy and productive environment for our students to learn and our employees to work. The College does not tolerate violent, harassing, threatening, or intimidating behavior toward our students, staff, faculty or visitors. Students learn and employees work best when they know they have a supportive environment in which to do so. 

The safety of our students, staff, faculty and visitors is our highest priority. Whatcom Community College offers our campus community professional staff, resources, training and policies that help ensure a safe environment on and off campus. With these people, tools and means in place, we are confident that we have created a college in which people can learn and work at their best.

Title IX Coordinator

Ben Reed is the Title IX & ADA Coordinator here at Whatcom Community College. The Title IX Coordinator is the point of contact for issues of sexual violence or gender based discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator has the following functions:

  • Will accept all complaints and referrals from College employees, applicants, students, and visitors;
  • Will make determinations regarding how to handle requests by complainants for confidentiality;
  • Will keep accurate records of all complaints and referrals for the required time period;
  • May conduct investigations or delegate and oversee investigations conducted by a designee;
  • May impose interim remedial measures to protect parties during investigations of discrimination or harassment;
  • Will issue written findings and recommendations upon completion of an investigation; and
  • May recommend specific corrective measures to stop, remediate, and prevent the recurrence of inappropriate conduct.

Becky Rawlings is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and is the secondary point of contact for issues of sexual violence or gender based discrimination.

Complaint Procedure

Whatcom Community College has enacted policies prohibiting discrimination against, and harassment of members of protected classes. Any individual found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College or from employment.

Any employee, student, applicant, or visitor who believes that he or she has been the subject of discrimination or harassment should report the incident or incidents to the College’s Title IX / EEO Coordinator identified above. If the complaint is against that Coordinator, the complainant should report the matter to the president’s office for referral to an alternate designee.

The College encourages the timely reporting of any incidents of discrimination or harassment. Complaints may be submitted in writing or verbally. For complainants who wish to submit a written complaint, a formal complaint form is available online. Hardcopies of the complaint form are available in the Human Resource Office, Laidlaw Center (LDC) 235.

Whatcom's entire anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy can be found online, or paper copies are available in Laidlaw Center (LDC) 208.