Policies & Procedures

Sexual misconduct matters are handled according to the procedures outlined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 132Q-10-Sections 101-503.  Please also see Administrative Procedure 3.30.01-A. Below is a summary of pertinent points relevant to matters of sexual misconduct and a brief overview of the process.

 

 

 

 

  1. Initial report and preliminary inquiry: All initial reports of sexual misconduct involving a student should be made to the SCC or SFCC Title IX Coordinator.  Reports of sexual misconduct involving a CCS employee should be made to the CCS Title IX Coordinator.  The initial report should be filed within 60 days of the alleged offense.  A preliminary inquiry will then be conducted by the Title IX Coordinator to determine whether an investigation is warranted.  If so, the investigation is conducted by a trained investigator.  It is possible even at this early stage of the process for interim measures to be put in place, such as no-contact orders or interim suspensions.  The Title IX Coordinator can provide the reporting party with resources, options and support; discuss confidentiality; explain their rights during the investigative and disciplinary process; and assist them with filing a police report if they so choose (WAC 132Q-10-306). CCS is prepared to work with survivors to coordinate interim measures to avoid contact with violators including, but not limited to adjusting work, academic and extracurricular activities schedules, leaves of absence, special parking arrangements and/or escorts.  CCS also complies with Washington law in recognizing orders of protection, no contact, or restraint.
  2. Investigation: Investigations into all alleged violations of the standards of conduct for students are conducted by trained investigators. The investigator’s job is to produce investigative findings and determine the alleged facts.  Investigations are to be done in a timely manner as defined by Administrative Procedure 3.30.01.   If it is determined that a violation has occurred, then an interim sanction may be imposed by the Student Conduct Officer.  The respondent retains rights of due process and attendant responsibilities as detailed in WAC 132Q-10-315, 318, 320. If the offense is such that a suspension of greater than 10 class days or expulsion from the college may be deemed warranted, the matter is remanded to the Student Conduct Administrative Panel for hearing (WAC 132Q-10-332)
  3. Student Conduct Administrative Panel Hearing: The administrative panel will hear testimony from both complainant and respondent alike and witnesses, and though no cross-examination or other adversarial process is allowed, each party to the hearing may bring a representative of their choosing.  Rulings are determined according to a preponderance of evidence standard; i.e., whether it is more likely than not that the alleged violation occurred.  At the conclusion of the hearing, if it is determined that a violation has occurred, the panel will determine the sanction to be imposed and inform both the complainant and respondent of the sanction.  The Student Conduct Officer notifies the parties, and advisors who have appeared, in writing, in person, by mail or electronic mail of the panel’s decision. Written notice is sent within ten (10) calendar days from the hearing date. If the college is not in session, this period may be reasonably extended (WAC 132Q-10-333).
  4. Appeals: In cases involving sexual misconduct both the complainant and respondent have rights of appeal.  Appeals are to be filed in writing with the Chief Student Services Officer within 20 calendar days of the issuance of a sanction notification and are limited to appeals regarding the correct following of process, severity of the sanction, or new evidence not available at the time sanction was determined by the Student Conduct Officer or Student Conduct Administrative Panel.  Appeals will be considered by the Appeals Board and decision rendered within 20 calendar days of the receipt of the appeal.  The ruling of the Appeals Board shall be the final ruling of the college (WAC 132Q-10-335). (insert hyperlink as soon as WAC approved and posted)
  5. Drugs, marijuana, and alcohol: CCS’s primary concern is student safety, and the use of alcohol or drugs never makes the survivor at fault for sexual violence.  CCS Policies regarding drugs, controlled substances, marijuana, and alcohol are defined in WAC 132Q-10-228 and 230 as follows:
  • Legend Drugs, Narcotic Drugs, Controlled Substances: Being observably under the influence of any legend drug, narcotic drug or controlled substance, as defined in chapters 69.41 and 69.50 RCW, or otherwise using, possessing, delivering, manufacturing, or seeking any such drug or substance, except in accordance with a lawful prescription for that student by a licensed health care professional or as otherwise expressly permitted by federal, state, or local law, is prohibited. Use, possession and distribution of drug paraphernalia for the drugs and substances identified in this section are prohibited.
  • Marijuana: While state law permits the recreational use of marijuana, federal law prohibits such use on college premises or in connection with college activities. Being observably under the influence of marijuana or the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana, or otherwise using, possessing, selling or delivering any product containing marijuana or the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana and intended for human consumption, regardless of form, is prohibited.
  • Alcohol: Being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or otherwise using, possessing, manufacturing, selling, distributing any alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication (except as expressly permitted by law and college rules) are prohibited. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by, sold, or distributed to any person under twenty-one years of age.  
If you have questions about any of these policies or procedures, please contact the appropriate Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator
Spokane Community College


1810 North Greene St., MS 2150
Lair Student Center, Bldg. 6,
Room 202D
Spokane, WA 99217-5399

Phone: (509) 533-7015
Fax:  (509) 533-7321
Title IX Coordinator
Spokane Falls Community College


3410 West  Fort George Wright Dr., MS 3010
Falls Gateway Building, Bldg. 30
Administration Offices Room 225
Spokane, WA 99224-5288

Phone: (509) 533-3514
Fax:  (509) 533-3225
Title IX Coordinator
Community Colleges of Spokane


501 North  Riverpoint Blvd.
Riverpoint One, Suite 125
Human Resources Department
Spokane, WA 99217-6000

Phone: (509) 434-5037
Fax:  (509) 434-5005