Policy 7-03-00-00

Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

I. Purpose

It is the intent of Nashville State Community College that the College under its jurisdiction shall fully comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act, and Regulations issued pursuant thereto (45 C.F.R. Parts 83 and 86). The following policy and procedures are adopted by the College to ensure compliance. Reference: TBR Policy 6:02:00:00 Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

II. Policy/Guideline

A. Sex Discrimination

  1. It is the policy of Nashville State Community College that, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act, and Regulations adopted thereto, the College shall not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities of the College, including health-related training programs.
  2. Nashville State shall ensure that equal opportunity and non-discrimination exist on the basis of sex for students in all education programs and activities, including but not limited to, the following:
    1. Recruitment and admission
    2. Academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, health-related training, and other education programs
    3. Rules on student life activities
    4. Facilities
    5. Access to course offerings
    6. Counseling
    7. Financial assistance
    8. Health and insurance benefits and services
    9. Rules on marital or parental status
    10. Athletics
  3. In addition, in conjunction with TBR Policy 5:01:02:00 Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action the College shall ensure that no person, on the basis of sex, is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in employment under any educational program or activity.
  4. Nondiscrimination in employment on the basis on sex shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas:
    1. Employment criteria
    2. Recruitment and hiring
    3. Promotion, tenure, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, nepotism policies, and rehiring
    4. Compensation
    5. Job assignments, classifications and descriptions, lines of progression and seniority lists
    6. Leave
    7. Fringe benefits
    8. All other terms, conditions and privileges of employment

B. Sexual Harassment

  1. It is the policy of Nashville State that, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the College shall not condone sexual harassment of students, applicants for employment, or employees, and the College shall affirmatively address all allegations of sexual harassment.
  2. Compliance with this policy shall be fulfilled through procedures established in accordance with Section 3.B of this policy and TBR Guideline P-080 Discrimination & Harassment - Complaint & Investigation Procedure and Nashville State Policy 7:04:00:00.

C. Procedures

  1. Designation of Title IX/EEO Coordinator/Responsible Employee
    1. Nashville State designates Lori Maddox, Director of Human Resources as the Title IX/EEO Coordinator for the College. In addition, the director of each off-campus site shall be designated as the person who serves as the first point of contact for individuals on their respective campuses to whom violations regarding any of the aforementioned offenses should be reported. In such cases, the director would immediately contact the Title IX/EEO Coordinator.
    2. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator will be responsible for evaluation of the compliance efforts of the college, coordinate such efforts, and investigate complaints by employees or students arising under the Acts and Regulations.
    3. To report complaints or violations of Title IX, Title VII and/or related College policies, all persons, including students, employees, or designated directors of off-campus sites, should contact the Title IX/EEO Coordinator at:
      Sheryl Gossard
      Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action
      Weld Building, Room W-5
      615-353-3305
      Fax: 615-353-3603
      Sheryl.Gossard@nscc.edu

D. Complaint Procedures

Nashville State will utilize the procedure set forth in the College’s Grievance and Complaint Procedures policy to address all complaints arising under the Acts or Regulations.

E. Statement and Dissemination of Policy

  1. The applicable policies are distributed annually and can be found in the following Nashville State policies:
    Policy 07:01:00:00
    Policy 07:02:00:00
    Policy 07:04:00:00
    Policy 07:05:00:00
  2. In addition, Nashville State provides these policies to all employees and students upon initial hire, admission, and orientation. Also, the College will provide information regarding these policies to any other person including prospective students upon request.
  3. The policy statement adopted pursuant to the Procedures section of this policy shall be published in the following publications:
    1. The College website
    2. Memoranda or written communications to every student and employee of the institution
    3. Student and employee handbooks and/or catalogs
    4. In addition, the College shall include the policy statement in each announcement, bulletin, catalog and application form which it makes available to any person herein described or which is used in connection with the recruitment of student or employees.

F. Self-Evaluation

  1. Nashville State shall submit to the Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents written self-evaluation of its current policies and procedures and the effects thereof concerning admission and treatment of students and employment of academic and non-academic personnel working in connection with the College’s education programs and activities as directed.
  2. Periodically, Nashville State shall modify its policies and practices to comply with the requirements of Title IX, Title VII, and Public Health Service Act, or the Regulations issued pursuant thereto, and will take appropriate remedial steps to eliminate any effects of any discrimination and shall recommend to the Chancellor amendment of any state legislation which inhibits compliance with Title IX, Title VII, the Public Health Service Act, and the Regulations issued pursuant thereto.