Title IX

Title IX: 20 U.S.C. §1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106

“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 educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

View Seattle Colleges Policy 419: Discrimination & Harassment

Notice of Non-discrimination Statement

“Seattle Colleges District VI is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as an honorably discharged veteran or disabled veteran or military status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Further, the Seattle Colleges District is committed to ensure that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism, free from all forms of “bullying” behaviors, including “cyber bullying”

Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college’s Title IX Coordinator, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, and/or the District Compliance Officer.


Title IX Coordinators

Title IX Director: Tim Collins, HR Director
Phone: 206-934-6415
Email: Timothy.Collins@seattlecolleges.edu 

Title IX Coordinator: Mary Pyper
Phone: 206-934-6788
Email: Mary.Pyper@seattlecolleges.edu

South Seattle College 
6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106

District Level 

District Compliance Officer, Jennie Chen 
Phone: 206-934-3873
Email: jennie.chen@seattlecolleges.edu

Seattle Colleges District 
1500 Harvard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


Title IX Training Resources

View training materials and resources for Title IX personnel at Seattle Colleges.


Discrimination & Harassment

Seattle Colleges recognizes that everyone plays a role to ensure we create and maintain an environment where students and employees are free of harassment and discrimination.

We all must:

  • Work together to prevent any occurrence of harassment or discrimination.
  • End harassment and discrimination if it occurs.
  • Remedy the effects of discrimination and harassment on the victim and on the community.

Achieving a Safe & Inclusive Work Environment

To encourage, assist, and facilitate a working environment that is free from harassment and discrimination, Seattle Colleges:

  • Created Policy 419 and Procedure 419 to define the process for investigating and responding to reports of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. The policy requires that all faculty and staff report sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator.
  • Identified a Title IX/EEO coordinator at each college and at the district. Their role is to ensure investigations are conducted in a proper and timely manner.
  • Created an online incident reporting system called Maxient where anyone can report instances of sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • Is distributing harassment and discrimination prevention collateral with clearly defined expectations for employees and students.

What to Do if You Are a Victim

Students believing that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination need to:

  1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services Office.)
  2. Send the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper

Students believing they are victims of any form of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination should:

  1. Ensure their safety.
  2. Seek resources immediately, if necessary.
  3. File a claim

1. Ensuring your safety

Student safety is the district’s top priority. Students with any concerns about their immediate safety need to call 911 and then call the campus safety office. If a crime may have occurred, report that crime to the police. Police officers have the ability to ensure your immediate safety and to locate and preserve evidence.

Campus Security Offices

Seattle Central College
Siegal Center
Wood Technology Center

  • 206.934.5442
  • BE1108

North Seattle College

  • 206.934.3636
  • CC1252

South Seattle College

  • 206.934.0911
  • RSB62A

Health Education Center

  • 206.255.3974
  • Basement

Georgetown Apprenticeship and Education Center

  • 206.354.6185
  • C102

Seattle Maritime Academy

  • 311

 

2. Seek resources immediately, if necessary

Seattle Colleges has resources available at each campus:

Central

Counseling: 206-934-5407

North

Counseling: 206-934-3676
Gender Equity Resource Center: 206-934-3719

South

Counseling: 206-934-6409


Students believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault need to:

3. Filing a claim

Confidentiality

When you file a claim with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper.

Investigation

When you file a sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault claim, the district will ask for your permission to move forward with an investigation. Our intent in asking for permission is to empower our students to determine next steps. In some situations, the seriousness of the claim (taking into account such factors as violence and the age of the alleged victim) may require the district to investigate. We will take all legal and logistical steps possible to maintain your confidentiality. Our process for conducting an investigation is outlined in Procedure 419.

Retaliation

The district expressly prohibits any retaliation against a student who has filed a discrimination or harassment claim. If you believe you may be being retaliated against, please inform the to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper immediately.

Employees who believe that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination are encouraged to:

  1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services Office.)
  2. Send the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper.

Confidentiality

When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper.

Investigation

When you file a sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault complaint, the district will ask for your permission to move forward with an investigation. Our intent in asking for permission is to empower our employees to determine next steps. In some situations, the seriousness of the complaint (taking into account such factors as violence and the age of the alleged victim) may require the district to investigate. We will take all legal and logistical steps possible to maintain your confidentiality. Our process for conducting an investigation is outlined in Procedure 419.

Retaliation

The district expressly prohibits any retaliation against an employee who has filed a discrimination or harassment complaint. If you believe you may be being retaliated against, please inform the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper

Additional Resources

Seattle Colleges employees are able to access Washington state’s Employee Assistance Program, which helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems. Using your EAP does not cost you anything. For more information, call the Employee Assistance Program at 877-313-4455.

Employees believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination should:

  1. Ensure their safety.
  2. Seek resources immediately, if necessary.
  3. File a complaint.

1. Ensuring your safety

Safety is the district’s top priority. Employees with any concerns about their immediate safety need to call 911 and then call the campus safety office. If a crime may have occurred, report that crime to the police. Police officers have the ability to ensure your immediate safety and to locate and preserve evidence.

Campus Security Offices

Seattle Central College
Siegal Center
Wood Technology Center

  • 206.934.5442
  • BE1108

North Seattle College

  • 206.934.3636
  • CC1252

South Seattle College

  • 206.934.0911
  • RSB62A

Health Education Center

  • 206.255.3974
  • Basement

Georgetown Apprenticeship and Education Center

  • 206.354.6185
  • C102

Seattle Maritime Academy

  • 311

 

2. Seeking immediate resources, if necessary

Employees are encouraged to seek resources immediately. These include:

  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) (24-hour resource line: 888.99.VOICE, or 888-998-6423)
  • KCSARC is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women, and men who are victims of sexual assault. KCSARC works with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds. KCSARC advocates will answer your call and provide crisis intervention, information and referrals, and ongoing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (206-744-1600). The center provides services to help people impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.

Additional Resources:

Seattle Colleges employees are able to access Washington state’s Employee Assistance Program, which helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems. Using your EAP does not cost you anything. For more information, call the Employee Assistance Program at 877-313-4455.

3. Filing a complaint

Employees believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault need to:

  1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
  2. Send the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper

Confidentiality

When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper.

What to Do if You’re Told About an Incident

If a student tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident in which a student may have been discriminated against or harassed, you are required to report that incident to the Title IX coordinator within 24 hours.

Students: Mary Pyper

Staff: Tim Collins

If the incident involves the Title IX coordinator, the report should be made to president or chancellor’s office for referral to an alternate designee.

Students believing that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination need to:

  1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
  2. Send the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper.

Confidentiality

When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper

If an employee tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident of discrimination or harassment, you should report that incident to the Title IX coordinator, Tim Collins, within 24 hours.

If the incident involves the Title IX coordinator, the report should be made to president or chancellor’s office for referral to an alternate designee.

Employees believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination should:

  1. Ensure their safety.
  2. Seek resources immediately, if necessary.
  3. File a complaint.

Confidentiality

When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator, Tim Collins.

If a student tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault in which a student may have been involved, you are required to report that incident to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper within 24 hours.

If you believe a student is about to tell you about an incident of sexual harassment or discrimination, explain your obligation to report the incident before the student makes the disclosure. If this is not possible, do it soon after the disclosure. If the student does not wish to disclose the incident or provide further details to you, refer the student to the on‐campus and off‐campus resources.

Steps to take after student disclosure:

  1. Care for the student.
  2. Connect the student with resources.
  3. Contact the Title IX coordinator.

Students believing that they may be victims of any form of harassment or discrimination need to:

  1. File a complaint as soon as possible. (Printed copies of the complaint form and investigation procedures are also kept in the HR and Student Services offices at each campus.)
  2. Send the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper

Step 1: Care for the student

First, ensure the student is safe. Student safety is the overriding concern of Seattle Colleges. Provide the student with nonjudgmental listening and support. If there is an immediate danger, call the police (911) and then call Campus Security.

Some thoughts and guidelines in caring for the student:

  • One of the most effective and important ways to provide support is to listen without judging or blaming. Remember that no matter what the circumstances, no one deserves to be subjected to harassment or discrimination.
  • Allow the student to talk about the experience. Be aware that the student may not be able to clearly articulate what happened; be careful not define the experience for the student.
  • Follow the student’s lead. Do not take control of the situation or try to “fix” it. Experiencing sexual misconduct can cause a person to feel a loss of control; let the student make his or her own decisions, and then support those decisions. Also understand that everyone responds uniquely to sexual misconduct.
  • Some common reactions may include shock, fear, embarrassment, denial, guilt, anger, depression, and/or feeling overwhelmed. Be a support person and help the student find support.

Step 2: Connect the student with resources

Every campus has support services. They are:

Central

  • Counseling: 206-934-5407

North

  • NSC Counseling: 206-934-3676
  • NSC Women’s Center: 206-934-3696

South

  • South Counselors: 206-934-6409
  • Office of Vice President, Student Services: 206-934-6788

There are also off-campus support services. These include:

  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) (24-hour resource line: 888-99-VOICE, or 888-998-6423). KCSARC is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women, and men who are victims of sexual assault. KCSARC works with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds. KCSARC advocates will answer your call and provide crisis intervention, information and referrals, and ongoing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (206-744-1600). The center provides services to help people impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.

Step 3: Contact the Title IX coordinator

At the earliest possible time (and no later than 24 hours after you receive information that a student has experienced sexual misconduct), you must report it to the Title IX Coordinator, Mary Pyper. It’s important to include, to the extent possible, all relevant details about the incident(s) disclosed by the student. This includes:

  • The names of the student, the accused, and any witnesses.
  • Any other relevant facts, including the date, time, and specific location of the incident.

Once you have reported an incident to the Title IX coordinator, you do not need to take further action. Understand, however, that you may be contacted for follow-up information as the college proceeds to respond to the report.

If an employee tells you about, or if you become aware of, an incident of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault, you are required to report that incident to the Title IX coordinator, Tim Collins within 24 hours.

Employees believing that they may be victims of any form of sexual harassment, assault, or discrimination should:

  • Ensure their safety.
  • Seek resources immediately, if necessary.
  • File a complaint.

Confidentiality

When you file a complaint with Seattle Colleges, you may request confidentiality. The district will attempt to protect your privacy to the fullest possible extent, consistent with our legal obligations to comply with federal and state laws and to protect our students and community. More information about confidentiality is found in Procedure 419.D, “Confidentiality and Right to Privacy.” Please direct questions about protecting your privacy to the Title IX coordinator, Tim Collins.

Additional Resources

If appropriate, refer the employee to additional resources and assistance.

  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) (24-hour resource line: 888-99-VOICE, or 888-998-6423). KCSARC is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women, and men who are victims of sexual assault. KCSARC works with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds. KSCARC advocates will answer your call and provide crisis intervention, information and referrals, and ongoing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (206-744-1600). The center provides services to help people impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.
  • Seattle Colleges employees are able to access Washington state’s Employee Assistance Program, which helps employees and their family members resolve personal or work-related problems. Using your EAP does not cost you anything. For more information, call the Employee Assistance Program at 877-313-4455.