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College Website, Publications and Event Requirements: Equity, Health and Safety

This section of the College Website, Publication and Event Requirements covers issues related to equity, health and safety.

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Citation

RCW 28B.10.295: Educational materials on abuses of, and illnesses consequent from, alcohol

Frequency

Continuous

Location

"Some place of prominence within the premises of each campus." Materials must be at no cost to the state.

Description

The boards of trustees of community colleges shall make available at some place of prominence with each campus educational materials on the abuse of alcohol PROVIDED that such materials are obtained at no cost to the state.

Example

Cascadia College Counseling Services

Citation

RCW 28B.10.918: Disability history month — Activities

Frequency

Every October.

Location

Not specified.

Description

In 2008, the Washington State Legislature enacted Senate Bill 6313 Recognizing disability history in the public education system.

Each October, public schools, colleges, and universities must conduct and promote educational activities that provide instruction, awareness, and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities. The activities may include school assemblies or guest speakers.

Disability Rights Washington has additional information and resources

Example

Highline College News: Use Your Power During Disability Awareness Month

Citation

RCW 28B.50.920: Diversity, equity, and inclusion—Strategic plans—Student-based organizations—Outreach programs—Model faculty diversity programs

Frequency

Continuous

Location

Websites, strategic plans, programs and reports

Description

Each community and technical college shall conspicuously post on its website and include in the strategic plans, programs, and reports definitions for key terms including: Diversity, equity, inclusion, culturally competent, culturally appropriate, historically marginalized communities, communities of color, low-income communities, and community organizations.

Citation

Title 34, Subtitle A, Part 86

Additional guidance

Complying With the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations

Frequency

  • Annual written notification to employees.
  • To each student taking one or more classes for academic credit (excludes continuing education).

Location

The manner of distribution is left up to the college.

Description

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requires institutions of higher education to adopt and implement a drug prevention program (described below) to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on school premises or as part of any of its activities. Institutions of higher education shall provide written certification that it has adopted and implemented the drug prevention program.

Drug prevention program requirements

The Institution of Higher Education's (IHE) drug prevention program must, at a minimum, include the following:

  1. The annual distribution in writing to each employee, and to each student who is taking one or more classes for any type of academic credit except for continuing education units, regardless of the length of the student's program of study, of—
    1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;
    2. A description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, State, or Federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
    3. A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
    4. A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students; and
    5. A clear statement that the IHE will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, State, and Federal law), and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct required by paragraph (a) of this section. For the purpose of this section, a disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.
  2. A biennial review by the IHE of its program to—
    1. Determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if they are needed; and
    2. Ensure that the disciplinary sanctions described in paragraph (a)(5) of this section are consistently enforced.

Example

Clark College Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

Citation

RCW 28B.110.070: Distribution to students

Frequency

Continuous

Location

Not specified

Description

  • Colleges shall distribute copies of the provisions of this chapter (28B.110 — gender equality in higher education) to all students.
  • See also the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policies and Procedures section below for additional distribution requirements.

Citation

28B.10: Hazing–Various Provisions

Frequency

Program

  • Beginning in fall 2022, IHEs must provide students with educational programming on hazing that includes information on hazing awareness, prevention, intervention, and the IHE’s policies prohibiting hazing. This programming can be provided either in person or electronically and must be part of the IHE’s new student orientation sessions. The program must also be posted on the IHE’s public website for the public, including parents, legal guardians, and volunteers to review.

Reports

  • At least 45 calendar days before the start of each fall term and at least 10 days before the start of all other terms.
  • Reports must be maintained as they are updated for five years.

Location

Website in a prominent location clearly labeled and easily accessible from the college's website.

Description

Reports

Beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year, colleges and universities shall maintain and publicly report actual findings of violations by any student organization, athletic team, or living group of the college's code of conduct of antihazing policies or state or federal laws relating to hazing or offenses related to alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, or physical assault.

The report shall include:

  • Name of the student organization, athletic team, or living group
  • Date the investigation was initiated
  • Date on which the investigation ended with a finding that a violation occurred
  • Description of the incident or incidents, including the date of the initial violation, and the violations, findings, and sanctions placed on the student organization, athletic team, or living group
  • Details of the sanction or sanctions imposed, including the beginning and end dates of the sanction or sanctions
  • Date the student organization, athletic team, or living group was charged with a violation

Citation

Frequency

To all newly matriculated students.

Location

Not specified

Description

  • The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges shall make information available to all newly matriculated students about HIV/AIDS. Curricula must be reviewed by the office on AIDS.
  • Each publicly operated vocational school shall make information available regarding HIV/AIDS. The curricula and materials shall be reviewed for medical accuracy by the office on AIDS.

Citation

RCW 28B.10.575: Student housing — Liquor prohibited, areas — Complaints regarding liquor and illegal drug use — Policies, procedures, sanctions

Frequency

To all students applying for college-owned housing.

Location

Not specified.

Description

Each public institution of higher education shall notify all students applying for college or university-owned student housing of the availability of housing in an area in which all liquor use is prohibited.

Example

Green River College Campus Corner Apartment contract terms (page 4)

Citation

RCW 28B.110.030(8): Rules and guidelines

Frequency

Annual

Location

 Not specified.

Description

Each institution shall develop and distribute policies and procedures for handling complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Institutional sexual violence policies should include, but are not limited to, information about the institution's Title IX compliance officer or other individuals at the institution responsible for handling sexual violence violations and potential criminal conduct. Institutions shall annually distribute these policies and procedures in writing or electronically to all students and employees.

Citation

Chapter 182, Laws of 2019

Frequency

Continuous

Location

Websites and class syllabi

Description

College religious accommodation policies must be amended to eliminate the two days per academic year maximum. Policies must also be amended to make reasonable accommodations for students who expect to be absent or endure significant hardship during the observance of religious holidays. The student must give written notice of the specific dates the accommodation is needed within two weeks of the beginning of the course. The policy must be posted on the college’s website and referenced on all course or program syllabi. 

Citation

Frequency

All newly issued ID cards and replacement cards for employees and students. Chapter 39, 2020 Laws allows for colleges to use its supply of issued cards until the supply is depleted but only until June 30, 2021.

Location

Back of newly issued and replacement student and employee college-issued ID cards.

Description

2019 Laws: Each institution of higher education must include the phone number of a campus, local, state, or national suicide, crisis, or counseling hotline on the back of newly issued student and faculty identification cards starting in fall quarter 2019, or as soon as is practicable to implement.

2020 Laws: Student and employee identification cards issued for the first time or as replacements must have contact information for:

  • a national suicide prevention organization
  • at least one campus, local, state or national organization specializing in suicide prevention, crisis intervention or counseling, if available

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Last Modified: 6/23/22, 8:23 AM

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