Southern Careers InstituteNON-DISCRIMINATION AND TITLE IX

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NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Southern Careers Institute does not deny admission or discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, national origin, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. SCI does not make pre-admission assumptions or inquiries regarding an individual’s disability.

SCI admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin or other protected characteristics to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to students, and is non-discriminatory in its administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

In addition, the institution complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, related Executive orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all applicable state civil rights laws.

AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) & SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT
SCI is committed to providing full academic access to all qualified students, including those with disabilities. For the purposes of ADA considerations, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of a physical or mental impairment that substantially limited one or more major life activities, or a condition which causes an individual to be regarded as having an impairment, whether they have the impairment or not

The ADA/Section 504 Coordinator is the person designated to coordinate efforts to comply with and implement SCI policies pursuant to the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Questions regarding the ADA, Section 504, and/or requests for accommodations should be directed to:

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator
Jody Cohen
Vice President of Compliance
1701 Directors Blvd., Ste. 800
Austin, Texas 78749
[email protected]

 

SOUTHERN CAREERS INSTITUTE COLLEGE TITLE IX POLICY AND PROCEDURE
Institutional Commitment
SCI is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from inappropriate conduct based on sex. It is SCI’s policy to provide an educational and working environment for its students and staff that is free sexual harassment. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and individuals who engage in such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action. Any student who thinks that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment misconduct by another student, member of the faculty or staff, or a campus visitor or contractor, is encouraged to immediately file a complaint.

Reports of sexual harassment can be made to the Institution at any time however, individuals are encouraged to report such incidents as soon as possible after the date of the alleged incident so prompt action can be taken to investigate and resolve the complaint. No person is required to report sexual harassment to the alleged offender.

Where to Report
A complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, or by e-mail. Reports of sexual harassment can be made at any time, however, the College encourages individuals to report such incidents as soon as possible after the date of the alleged incident so prompt action can be taken. The Title IX Coordinator must promptly contact the Complainant confidentially to discuss the availability of supportive measures, consider the Complainant’s wishes with respect to supportive measures, inform the complainant of the availability of supportive measures with or without the filing of a Formal Complaint, and explain to the complainant the process for filing a Formal Complaint.

How to Report
A Formal Complaint is made by the written submission of complete documentation of an alleged sexual harassment incident(s) to the Title IX Coordinator.

Documentation must include:

  • Date(s) and time(s) of the alleged incident(s);
  • Location and names of individuals involved in the alleged incident(s);
  • Specific details of what happened and resulting effects related to the incident(s);
  • Names of any witnesses to alleged incident(s);
  • Any action taken following the incident(s);
  • A physical or digital signature of the Complainant. Note that no Formal Complaint may be filed anonymously. The grievance process requires that the Complainant’s identity must be disclosed to the Respondent.

Title IX Coordinator Information
The Title IX Coordinator has the authority to oversee the grievance process and ensure that equitable, non-biased treatment of all parties. The Title IX Coordinator must not have a conflict of interest or bias toward either the Complainant or the Respondent.

The SCI Title IX Coordinators are as follows:

Complaints of sexual harassment involving only students (student on student) will be guided by the College’s Title IX Coordinator for Students

Christopher Burges
[email protected]

Complaints of sexual harassment involving non-students will be guided by the College’s Title IX Coordinator for Employees, Visitors, and Contractors

John Bender
[email protected]

Students may also contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights to complain of a sex discrimination or sexual harassment including sexual violence; see: http://www,hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/complaints/index.html

Retaliation Prohibited
No student or employee will retaliate in any way against an individual who, in good faith, has brought a Formal Complaint pursuant to this policy or participated in an investigation of such a Formal Complaint. Any person who violates this provision may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from SCI.

Counseling and Health Services
The services listed below are available to victims regardless of whether or not he/she chooses to report the incident to law Rape, Abuse enforcement:

  • Sexual Assault Legal Services (888-343-4412)
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault; http://taasa.org or call 512-474-7190
  • RAINN (and Incest National Network); https://www.rainn.org/ or call 800-656-HOPE (4673).

Training
All SCI employees receive annual Title IX Training. The Title IX Coordinators, Investigators, and Adjudicator/Decision-Maker receive annual training specific to their roles in the Title IX process. 

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