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Resolution 29 - 2020

Rockland Community College Board of Trustees Approved 8/12/20 E.Hughes

Date: August 12, 2020 To: Board of Trustees From: Dr. Michael A. Baston Subject:Adoption of the Rockland Community College Policy for Addressing Formal Complaints of Sexual Harassment Under the Title IX Regulations, Title IX Informal Resolution Policy; and Decorum Policy for Title IX Grievance Process Hearings


A motion by Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Donnellan, and

WHEREAS, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

WHEREAS, On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Educations issued its Final Rule which requires Colleges, Universities and other eligible entitles to implement the Final Rule on Friday, August 14, 2020.

WHEREAS, These regulations narrow the definition of sexual harassment under Title IX and dictate the procedures that must be followed if a formal complaint under Title IX is filed with the College. These procedures are set forth in the new Title IX Grievance Policy, the Informal Resolution, and the Decorum Policies.

WHEREAS, The existing College policies that address sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct, may be used by complainants to address conduct that violates other federal and state laws that prohibit sex discrimination, but does not fall within the new definition set forth in the new Title IX regulations.

RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees adopts the attached policies:

and further approves the adoption and/or revision of these policies.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees delegates authority to the Rockland Community College Administration to make appropriate updates to these individual policies without future Board approval.


Yeas: Trustees Wortendyke, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Ramos and Bastos
Nays: none
Motion passed: 6 yeas, 0 nay, 0 abstentions
August 12, 2020