7.20 Sexual Misconduct Policy

I. Notice of Nondiscrimination

As a recipient of federal funds, Central Piedmont Community College (“CPCC” or the “College”) is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities, admission, and employment.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities, including in the context of admission or employment. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Central Piedmont Community College’s Title IX Coordinator* or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

*The College’s Title IX Coordinator is Leon Matthews, whose office is in Room 218 of the Hall Building. This office can be contacted by phone at 704-330-6524 or by email at titleixcorrespondence@cpcc.edu.

II. Definition of Sexual Misconduct

“Sexual Misconduct” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including any conduct or act of a sexual nature perpetrated against an individual without Consent. Sexual Misconduct can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by men or by women, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. Sexual Misconduct also includes complicity in Sexual Misconduct. The College encourages reporting of all Sexual Misconduct.  Sexual Misconduct includes but is not limited to the following: Dating Violence; Domestic Violence; Non-forcible Sex Acts; Sexual Assault; Sexual Exploitation; Sexual Harassment; and Stalking.

Please refer to the College’s Sexual Misconduct Procedures (PDF) for detailed definitions of the capitalized terms above, including “Consent.”

III. Policy Statements and Overview of Procedures

A. CPCC is committed to maintaining and strengthening an environment founded on civility and respect. The College is committed to providing programs, activities, and an educational environment free from sex discrimination. To that end, the College prohibits Sexual Misconduct, as that term is defined above and by Exhibit B of the College’s Sexual Misconduct Procedures. The College also is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of all types of Sexual Misconduct and timely and fair resolution of Sexual Misconduct allegations. The College has appointed a Title IX Coordinator, established grievance procedures (the College’s Sexual Misconduct Procedures (PDF)) for the handling of allegations of Sexual Misconduct, and developed Sexual Misconduct-related education and training programs.

B. The College’s Sexual Misconduct Procedures provide instructions and related information for the reporting of Sexual Misconduct, definitions of prohibited conduct, and information regarding resources available for victims of Sexual Misconduct. They also include procedures for the investigation and resolution of Sexual Misconduct allegations and address disciplinary measures available for perpetrators of Sexual Misconduct. This Policy and CPCC’s Sexual Misconduct Procedures (PDF) apply to any allegation of Sexual Misconduct made by or against a student or an employee of the College or a third party, regardless of where the alleged Sexual Misconduct occurred, if the conduct giving rise to the Complaint is related to the College’s academic, educational, or extracurricular programs or activities. (The College’s disciplinary authority, however, may not extend to third parties who are not students or employees of the College.) In the case of allegations of Sexual Misconduct, the Sexual Misconduct Procedures (PDF) supersede all other procedures and policies set forth in other College documents or policy.

Policy approved by the Board of Trustees on October 31, 2014