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College Website and Publications Requirements: Human Rights

This section of the College Website and Publication Requirements covers issues related to human rights.

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Citation

Department of Education Office of Civil Rights: Guidelines for Vocational Education Programs: Public Notification

Frequency

Annually (before the start of fall quarter)

Location

Local media and/or community-based organizations as determined by college. It is not required to be published on the website, unless it is evident that this is the best way to disseminate the Annual notice of non-discrimination. Research must backup the avenues in which the college chooses to advertise the annual notice.

Description

Colleges must advise students, parents, employees, and the general public that all vocational opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.

The annual notice must include a brief summary of the program offerings and admission criteria, and the names, title, address, and phone number of person(s) designated to coordinate compliance under Title IX and section 504.

Announcement of this policy of non-discrimination may be made, for example, in local newspapers, recipient publications, and/or other media that reach the general public, program beneficiaries, minorities (including national origin minorities with limited English language skills), women, and handicapped persons.

The college should perform a study of the service area to determine if it contains a “community of national origin minority persons with limited English language skills”.

The notice must include specific point of contact and that individual’s contact information.

Example

Green River College offers career and technical education programs in accounting, administrative assistant, aerospace and advanced manufacturing, auto body technology, automotive technology, aviation technology, business application specialist, business management, carpentry technology, computer reporting technologies, criminal justice, design drafting technology, early childhood education, forensic technology, fundamentals of caregiving, geographic information systems, information technology, legal administrative assistant, machining & manufacturing technology, medical office assistant, natural resources, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapist assistant, water-wastewater technology and welding technology.

Green River College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, disability, genetic information or on any other unlawful basis. The college is committed to preventing and stopping discrimination, including harassment of any kind and any associated retaliatory behavior. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Vice President of Human Resources, 12401 SE 320th Street, Auburn, WA 98092, (253) 288-3320. To receive this information in an alternative format, please contact Disability Support Services at (253) 833-9111, ext. 2631; TTY (253) 288-3359.

Green River College will take steps to assure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational education programs. 

Citation

Department of Education Office of Civil Rights: Guidelines for Vocational Education Programs: Public Notification

Frequency

Continuous

Location

College publications and website. The continuous statement must be easy and intuitive to find. It must also be accessible to people with sensory impairments such as blindness, hard of hearing and deafness.

Description

The Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Education investigates and enforces the federal non-discrimination laws when there is a complaint. They expect the long form statement to contain all of the required information and to be posted prominently on websites and other locations throughout the college, including catalogs, bulletins, applications, etc.; publications that go out to students and applicants. The long form statement must include a reference to the person (by job title is OK) designated to coordinate complaints regarding discrimination. Western Washington University has a good example of a long form statement.

For the short form, OCR says they would likely apply a reasonableness standard when responding to a complaint and evaluating notice requirements. That means that if a college is fully compliant with full notice requirements prominent on the website and other critical communications with students, OCR would be unlikely to find noncompliance due to a marketing postcard or billboard that has a short form statement that refers the reader to the long form on the website. Olympic College has a good example of a short form statement: “Olympic College is an equal opportunity institution. Learn more at: olympic.edu/nondiscrimination-title-ix”

  • Notice available in alternate formats if requested: Braille; international languages.
  • Must include specific point of contact and that individual’s contact information.
  • Print the full non-discrimination statement with contacts in each of these publications, plus any other prominently-used forms and publications:
    • Class Schedule
    • Catalog
    • Student/Staff handbooks
    • College website
    • Disability Services materials
    • Athletic program handbooks
  • Print the grievance procedure in student & employee handbook, college website, and college catalog.
  • Print the non-discrimination statement on the college application. Don’t ask questions that identify a person’s protected status.
  • Posters for musical/theatrical performances are not required to include the non-discrimination statement. However, if accommodations are available to the audience, it is helpful to print contact information for these services.
  • Posters providing campus information for services (tutoring/advising/rooms/times etc.) do not require a non-discrimination statement.

Examples

Example of a long form statement

Green River College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, disability, genetic information or on any other unlawful basis. The college is committed to preventing and stopping discrimination, including harassment of any kind and any associated retaliatory behavior.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Vice President of Human Resources
12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092
(253) 288-3320

To receive the following information in an alternative format, please contact Disability Support Services at: (253) 833-9111, ext. 2631; TTY (253) 288- 3359.

Example of a short form statement

Olympic College is an equal opportunity institution. Learn more at: olympic.edu/nondiscrimination-title-ix

Citation

Department of Education & Washington State Human Rights Commission

Frequency

Continuous

Location

Link to page from website footer

Description

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, RCW 28B.10.910 through 28B.10.914.

Example

Renton Technical College Website Accessibility

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