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Discrimination and Harassment Education
Valencia College is committed to inclusivity and is continuously working to amplify the message by communicating special initiatives, as well as providing resources and services to support all faculty, staff and students.
A central focus of our efforts to strengthen Valencia’s inclusive community revolve around preparing faculty, staff and students to know and exhibit inclusive behaviors, when to step in or speak out on situations, and how to report issues related to harassment, discrimination or sexual assault.
Listed below are several resources that will equip individuals with the information needed to keep Valencia inclusive and safe for all to work and learn.
Peace and Justice Institute: PJI Practitioner Program
Teaching and Learning Academy: TLA Inclusion and Diversity Essential competency and related courses
SEED: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, a peer-led leadership development experience
Topics of harassment, discrimination and violence are serious subjects that must be handled with care, and we want to ensure that individuals have the training, resources and support that are needed to prevent occurrences and properly respond to incidents, if they are disclosed.
To request training for a specialized group, please contact the office of Equal Opportunity.
Sexual Harassment Training
Valencia College employees are often seen as people who students or other staff members can reach out to for guidance, support or assistance in many areas. Individuals who share information that is sensitive in nature regarding their personal lives and experiences, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence and stalking, all require special attention from the college.
Per college policy 6H28:2-01, Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, Valencia faculty and staff members may be asked to participate in online sexual harassment general awareness training. This provides information about reporting requirements, as well as how to respond to such disclosures.
Valencia College policy 6Hx28:2-01 Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, identifies individuals employees with administrative or supervisory responsibilities or who have been designated as Campus Security Authorities as “Responsible Employees.” Note that these individuals are not designated by the College to institute corrective measures for allegations of discrimination or harassment based on a Protected Status. A responsible employee is a Valencia employee who has the duty to report incidents of discrimination, harassment, and related misconduct, or who a member of the Valencia College community could reasonably believe has such authority or duty. Information shared regarding Title IX sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence and stalking also known as Title IX Sexual Misconduct can be sensitive in nature and requires special attention from the college. Because the College has an obligation to make reasonable efforts to investigate and address instances of known or suspected Title IX Sexual Misconduct, Responsible Employees and Campus Security Authorities who have information or receive a report of Title IX sexual misconduct must immediately share with the Title IX Coordinator all known details of an incident.
We recognize that this may be a new responsibility, and want to assure our employees that we are here to help you learn more about our expectations and provide training on how to respond to any such disclosures. All Responsible Employees are expected to participate in an in-person Title IX Responsible Employee Training. This training will provide you with comprehensive information regarding:
- Policy 6Hx28:2-01 Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct
- Definitions of Title IX Sexual Misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence and stalking
- Your role in responding to and supporting someone who shares sensitive information
- Requirements of reporting and resources available
Responsible Employees include:
- Senior leadership (e.g., College President, Campus Presidents, Vice Presidents, Special Assistants to the President, Executive Deans, including Associates and Assistants)
- Other Administrators/Professional Staff (e.g., Deans, Directors, Program Directors, Chairpersons/Discipline Coordinators, and Supervisors – in all administrative and academic areas)
- Other Designated Staff (e.g., Title IX Coordinator; Director and Assistant Director, Equal Opportunity, Director, Student Services; Assistant Director, Student Conduct; Senior Director and Assistant Director, Organizational Development and Human Resources)
- Director, Study Abroad and Global Exchange
- All faculty and staff members who accompany students on College-related trips, both within the U.S. and abroad
- All faculty or staff advisors to students and/or organizations or activities
- Staff who serve in tutoring roles
- Campus Safety and Security Staff (e.g., Security Field Officer; Security Officer)
For employees who have not yet enrolled in this training, please visit the “Valencia EDGE” located in Atlas on the “Employees” tab to register for the next available session that fits your schedule.
”Be the One” Student Training
Valencia College students may be impacted or know someone who has been impacted by domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. We want to ensure that students are informed about these issues and where to turn for help. “Be the One” provides students with comprehensive information regarding:
- Valencia Policy 6Hx28:2-01 Discrimination Harassment and Related Misconduct
- VAWA Definitions of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
- What does and does not constitute consent
- How to safety intervene as an active bystander
- Support Resources at the college and in the community
Students can access the program by going to Atlas, clicking on the Courses tab, and clicking on My Courses (Canvas) in the My Courses section or by logging into Canvas.
Title IX Trainings
We strive to be a community in which all members can learn and work in an atmosphere free from all forms of Title IX Sexual Misconduct, including Title IX Interpersonal Violence, Title IX Sexual Assault, and Title IX Stalking. In order to ensure that all individuals responsible for responding to allegations of Title IX Misconduct understand their roles in the process and are free of biases and conflicts of interest, these individuals are required to complete regular training and education programs related to Title IX, investigations, and related topic areas.
In accordance with the US Department of Education Title IX Regulations, colleges must make training materials publicly available on websites. The training materials posted here are used to train individuals involved in the review and adjudication of Title IX Sexual Misconduct. These training materials are original works and are the property of Valencia College. Posting of these materials does not serve as a waiver of any rights associated with the materials. Valencia College does not give permission for these training materials to be copied, disseminated, or utilized by any third party without the express written permission of Valencia.