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As is a function of any educational institution, Iowa Central Community College must balance the
       needs of the individual student or the individual employee with the obligation to strive to protect the
       safety and well-being of the college community at large. Therefore, depending on the seriousness of
       the reported incident, further action may be necessary, including a campus security alert concerning a
       reported incident confirmed to pose a substantial threat to members at large of the campus community.
       The College will make every effort to ensure that a victim or the reporting person’s name and other
       identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community
       members to make safety decisions in light of the danger.
       9. Procedure for Filing and Investigating a Formal Complaint of Harassment or Violence: The
       following procedure is established for processing and investigating formal complaints of harassment
       or violence by a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee
       because of on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex stereotyping,
       marital status, socioeconomic status, military service, national origin, age, disability, and/or any other
       status protected by federal, state, or local law, including but not limited to cases of alleged domestic
       violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and for determining appropriate disciplinary action.
       It is the College’s intent that this procedure will provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and
       resolution process, will treat the complainant with sensitivity and fairness, will be conducted by College
       officials who receive annual training on the issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual
       assault, and stalking and how to conduct an investigation process that protects the safety of victims
       and promotes accountability, and will provide due process to the accused individual if any disciplinary
       action is to be imposed. In situations where an accused individual faces a relating criminal charge,
       the College reserves the right to proceed with this procedure as to a formal complaint, including any
       disciplinary action that may be imposed, at the same time that a criminal process may be proceeding.
       Iowa Central Community College will act to investigate all formal complaints, to take appropriate
       action based on the weight of the totality of the evidence, against any student, faculty member, staff
       member, administrator, or other College employee when it is determined that it is more probably true
       than not that harassment or violence in violation of this policy has occurred.
       Filing a Formal Complaint - Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of harassment
       or violence by a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or other College employee
       because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex stereotyping,
       marital status, socioeconomic status, military service, national origin, age, disability, and/or any other
       status protected by federal, state, or local law may file a written formal complaint with the College’s
       Director, Human Resources / EEO Coordinator.
       Confidentiality - As the College’s procedure for handling formal complaints is initiated and completed,
       all involved parties will be expected to respect the sensitive nature of the matter and to protect, to the
       extent possible consistent with the College’s legal obligations, the confidentiality of the complainant,
       the person accused, and all those involved in the investigation. Iowa Central Community College will
       respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the
       witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the College’s legal obligations to investigate and to take
       appropriate action. Unless otherwise required pursuant to a legal obligation, only people who need to
       know will be told and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, the complainant, the
       accused individual, witnesses, appropriate Administrators, and the Title IX Appeal Team (as applicable).
       Complaint Investigation Procedure - It is the College’s intent that this procedure will provide a prompt,
       fair, and impartial investigation and resolution process. The College recognizes that time is of the
       essence in the investigation, decision making, and appeal processes. The College will make every
       reasonable effort to conclude its full investigation of a formal complaint, decision by the College’s
       Director, Human Resources / Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator, and processing of
       any appeal within sixty (60) calendar days from its receipt of a complaint. The time periods specified
       in paragraphs numbered 1, 2, and 3 below and in paragraph numbered 2 in the Appeal section are
       institutional expectations. The College’s Director, Human Resources / EEO Coordinator will document
       the reason for extending any specified time period and will provide to the complainant and to the
       person accused (respondent) periodic written notice of any extension of a specified time period and
       of the status of the investigation.
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