A student or employee who believes he or she has been discriminated against or harassed in violation of these policies (Board Policy: BP 3410 and Board Policy: BP 3430) and procedures (AP 3435: Discrimination and Harassment) may make a complaint orally or in writing.
Since failure to report harassment and discrimination impedes the District’s ability to stop the behavior, the District strongly encourages employees and students who believe they are being harassed or discriminated against, to file a complaint. The District also strongly encourages the filing of such complaints within 30 days of the alleged incident. While all complaints are taken seriously and will be investigated promptly, delay in filing impedes the District’s ability to investigate and remediate. Any complaint not involving employment shall be filed within one year of the date of the alleged discrimination/harassment or the date on which the complainant knew or should have known of the facts underlying the complaint.
Any complaint alleging discrimination/harassment in employment shall be filed within 180 days of the date of the alleged discrimination/harassment occurred, except that this period should be extended by no more than 90 days following the expiration of the 180 days if the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged violation after the expiration of the 180 days.
If a complainant decides to file a formal written unlawful discrimination or harassment complaint against the District, he or she must file the complaint on a form prescribed by the CCC Chancellor’s Office (see below).
The completed form must be filed with any of the following:
• the District Compliance Officer
• and/or the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges
Employee complainants shall be notified that they may file employment discrimination complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
All supervisors and managers have a mandatory duty to report incidents of harassment and discrimination; the existence of a hostile, offensive or intimidating work environment, and acts of retaliation.