Title IX and Other Civil Rights Violations
Lewis Clark State College is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To ensure compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, and to affirm its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational program or activity, the College has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for those involved in an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of protected class status, and for allegations of retaliation. The College values and upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights of the parties in the grievance process during what is often a difficult time for all those involved.
Any person may report discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or retaliation to the Coordinator for the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute a violation of policy). Reports may be made in person, by mail, by telephone, by electronic mail, or by any other means that results in the Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number, electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address listed for the Coordinator. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of Lewis-Clark State College:
Ashley Edwards, Title IX and 504 Coordinator
Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance
500 8th Avenue
Administration Building / Room 102
Lewiston, ID, 83501
Lewis-Clark State College Policy 3.110 Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Prohibited, and related procedures, provide information and guidance on how the college will respond to complaints that may be a violation of that policy. The policy and related procedures can be read in their entirety here.
Lewis-Clark State College routinely provides educational and awareness programs to students in order to generate awareness of discrimination and sexual harassment. These programs inform our campus community on how to report incidents of discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as how to implement safe and positive interventions on behalf of students.
Students are thereby advised that acts of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation are prohibited and may represent violations of the college’s Student Code of Conduct. In some instances, off campus conduct may also constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct if the effects of off-campus conduct effectively deprives an individual of access to Lewis-Clark State College educational programs and activities. Jurisdiction may also extend to off-campus/online conduct when the Title IX Coordinator determines that the conduct affects a substantial institutional interest.
Students who believe they are victims of discrimination or sexual harassment are encouraged to report same immediately to any campus official All college staff and faculty are designated as a Mandated Reporter, which means they are obligated by policy to share knowledge, notice, and/or reports of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation with the Title IX Coordinator and/or their supervisor. Similarly, students who believe they have witnessed or otherwise know of a case of discrimination or sexual harassment should report it to a campus official.
Reports may be filed confidentially. Students filing complaints requesting anonymity will be apprised of the potential limitations of the investigative and student judicial process when such requests are granted, and the granting of those requests may not be guaranteed if the safety of the campus community is deemed at risk.
Upon receipt of notice or a complaint of an alleged violation of the policy prohibited discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, the Title IX Coordinator, or his/her designees, will conduct an initial assessment of the information and will reach out to the Complainant and offer supportive measures and an opportunity to file a formal complaint. The Title IX Coordinator will work with the Complainant to determine whether the individual prefers a supportive and remedial response, and informal response option, or a formal investigation and grievance process. In some cases, school officials may need to proceed with an investigation regardless of the student’s desires, based on certain criteria as outlined in Lewis-Clark State College Policy 3.110 – Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Retaliation Prohibited. If a determination is made to proceed with an investigation against the wishes of the student, the student will be informed of such and the College will take every reasonable precaution to keep the student safe and provide supportive measures.
If a member of the campus community believes that the College has not complied with the provisions of Title IX, he/she may file a complaint by contacting the Office of Civil Rights at 1-800-421-3481 or https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html.