Any employee, applicant, student or visitor of LWTech may file a complaint. Complaints
may be submitted in writing or verbally. LWTech encourages the timely reporting of
any incidents of discrimination or harassment.
LWTech will seek to protect the privacy of the complainant, respondent, and all other parties involved, to the full extent possible, consistent with the legal obligation to investigate, take appropriate remedial and/or disciplinary action, and comply with the federal and state law, as well as District policies and procedures.
Although LWTech will attempt to honor complainants’ requests for confidentiality,
it cannot guarantee complete confidentiality.
Upon receiving a Prohibited Conduct complaint, the college shall commence an impartial
investigation. The Title IX / EEO Coordinator shall be responsible for overseeing
all investigations. Investigations may be conducted by the Title IX / EEO Coordinator
or his, her or their designee. Complaints shall be thoroughly and impartially investigated.
The investigation shall include, but is not limited to, interviewing the complainant
and the respondent, relevant witnesses, and reviewing relevant documents. The investigation
shall be concluded within a reasonable time, normally sixty days barring exigent circumstances. At the conclusion of the investigation the investigator
shall set forth his, her or their findings and recommendations in writing.
The Title IX / EEO Coordinator will provide each party and the appropriate student
services administrator or appointing authority with written notice of the investigative
findings and of actions taken or recommended to resolve the complaint, subject to
the following limitations. The complainant shall be informed in writing of the findings
and of actions taken or recommended to resolve the complaint, if any, only to the
extent that such findings, actions or recommendations directly relate to the complainant,
such as a finding that the complaint is or is not meritorious or a recommendation
that the accused not contact the complainant.
Either the complainant or the respondent may seek reconsideration of the decision
by the Title IX / EEO Coordinator. Requests for reconsideration shall be submitted
in writing to the Title IX / EEO Coordinator within seven days of receiving the decision. Requests must specify which portion of the decision should
be reconsidered and the basis for reconsideration. If no request for reconsideration
is received within seven days, the decision becomes final. If a request for reconsideration is received, the Title
IX / EEO Coordinator shall respond within ten (10) business days.
LWTech encourages anyone who has experienced Prohibited Conduct (sex/gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating/intimate partner violence, domestic violence, or stalking) to report the incident to the college so that the college can investigate and respond to such reports. An individual may provide a report to the college by contacting any of the following people:
All Responsible Employees who witness or receive information regarding any Prohibited Conduct that occurs on campus, on any property owned or controlled by the college, or off campus (including on on-line or electronic conduct occurring in the context of an employment or education program or activity of the college or has continuing adverse effect on campus) are required to promptly report all known details about the Prohibited Conduct to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator by telephone, email, in person, or through the College's online Title IX Incident Report Form.
Reports are required to include, to the extent known:
All other individuals who become aware of an incident of Prohibited Conduct are highly encouraged to report all known details about the Prohibited Conduct to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
A Complainant may choose to make a report to the college to pursue resolution under these procedures and may also choose to make a report to law enforcement. A Complainant may purse either or both options at the same time. A Complainant who wishes to pursue criminal action in addition to,or instead of, making a report under these Procedures should contact law enforcement directly.
The college may have an obligations to report to the police, keeping the name of the victim confidential, in circumstances where the incident includes an allegation that a crime has been committed.
Who is a “responsible employee”? The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provides that a responsible employee is any employee:
Parties involved in allegations of Prohibited Conduct are entitled to receive written information, assistance and a broad range of support and remedial measures regardless of whether they choose to pursue a resolution of Prohibited Conduct. Remedial measures may include a change in academic or living situations, transportation, working situations, prohibiting contact with the Respondent, or medical and/or mental health services, including counseling. Remedial measures may be requested by contacting the Title IX Coordinator. The college will maintain as confidential any accommodations or protective measures provided to the victim, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the college to provide the accommodations or protective measures.
Through these Procedures, Complainants and Respondents can expect: