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Sexual HarrassmentStudent Code of Conduct and Due Process Policy
Student Grievance and Due Process PolicyStudent Privacy Rights
Academic StandingHow to File a Discrimination Complaint
Non-Discrimination PolicyFilosofia y Practica No-Discriminatoria

Sexual Harrassment

The Peralta Community College District expressly forbids sexual harassment of its students and employees by faculty, administrators, supervisors, District employees, other students, vendors or members of the general public.

Among the behaviors considered to be sexual harassment are: unwanted physical touching (beyond normal greetings); verbal insults (in reference to gender, race, sexual orientation); explicit sexual gestures; displays of sexually suggestive materials, objects, photos, etc.; offering a favorable grade or threatening an unfavorable grade in exchange for or demand for sexual favors; unwanted attempts to establish a personal relationship; rumors designed to cause the individual emotional distress or place him/her in a bad light and other examples not mentioned which can be found in the Districtís Affirmative Action Plan, pages ten through thirteen, available at the Presidentís Office, Offices of the Dean of Instruction and Student Services, the campus library and the Districtís Affirmative Action Office.

Sexual harassment includes situations affecting a studentís studying and learning conditions and making the learning environment unpleasant and uncomfortable, whether the actions be purposeful or not. Third party complaints can be brought by students who observe harassment of others or who feel they have been harmed by favors shown to another student or students which are felt to be unfair treatment to all other students.

Any student or employee who feels he/she has been or is presently an alleged victim of sexual harassment, may first contact the Dean of Student Services or Dean of Instruction to file a complaint verbally or in writing, or may contact directly the Districtís Affirmative Action Officer at 333 East Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94606; (510) 466-7220. At the time a complaint is made known, a copy of the complaint procedures and a complaint form shall be made available to the complainant.

All complaints should be forwarded to the Districtís Affirmative Action Officer on the approved District form. Student or employee complaints will be handled promptly in a completely confidential manner by the Director of Affirmative Action who investigates, reviews and acts on all complaints in resolving allegations of sexual harassment and may consult with the Dean of Student Services or Dean of Instruction, and the College President.

If the allegation of sexual harassment is substantiated, and depending upon the severity of a given case, a violation of this rule shall lead to personnel or student disciplinary actions including a letter of reprimand, suspension (of a faculty, non-faculty employee or student), expulsion (of a student), or termination of employment in accordance with the California Education Code.



Student Code of Conduct and Due Process Policy

Colleges will be guided by pertinent provisions of the California Education Code as to admission, probation, suspension, and dismissal of students in cases where disciplinary action is indicated. Except for short-term suspensions initiated by instructors and as provided for in the Education Code, Section 489001/76030, only an authority within the college has the authority to suspend or dismiss a student for disciplinary reasons.

A student while excluded for disciplinary reasons from one college in the District may be denied admission to other District colleges. The President of a college may also deny admission to a student suspended or excluded for disciplinary reasons from other colleges or universities.

The college and the District shall insure that the student, in cases of admission, probation, suspension, or dismissal, is accorded due process in accordance with the written procedures of the College. Consult the Vista Community College catalog for a complete text of this policy.


Student Grievance and Due Process Policy

The Peralta Colleges have developed policies and procedures to address student grievances and to assure due process. See Vista's catalog for a detailed description of the college's Student Grievance and Due Process Policy.



Student Privacy Rights

As a student or former student of a Peralta College, you have a right to 1) inspect the official education records, files, documents, and other materials which contain information directly related to you, as specified in Public Law 93-380 and Title 5 regulations of the California Administrative Code Chapter 6; and 2) challenge such records should you believe them to be inaccurate, misleading, or other wise inappropriate (Education Rights and Privacy Act, Section 438, Public Law 93-380).


Academic Standing

To remain in good standing, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Students who have a cumulative grade point average of leas than 2.0 will be considered scholastically deficient.

Academic probation: A student who has attempted at least 12 semester units and has a cumulative GPA (all PCCD coursework) shall be placed on Academic Probation. A registration block will be placed in the computer and you will be required to meet with a counselor to receive special counseling.

Progress probation: A student who has enrolled in a total of at least 12 semester units (all PCCD coursework) shall be placed on Progress Probation when the percentage of "W," "I," and "NC" grades recorded reaches at least fifty percent (50%) of all grades recorded. A registration block will be placed in the computer and you will be required to meet with a counselor to receive special counseling. Students who take courses for personal enrichment and those who hold higher degrees who are not concerned about grades should pay particular attention to this policy.

To avoid progress probation, pay close attention to withdrawal deadlines and avoid taking CR/NC courses in which you might receive No Credit.

For more information about academic standing, contact a counselor or refer to the Vista Catalog.



How to File a Discrimination Complaint:

  1. Student discrimination complaints are filed through the Office of Student Services at each campus.
  2. Employee complaints are filed with their college's Office of Instruction.
  3. All complaints are forwarded to the District Affirmative Action Officer on the approved District form.

  • Upon receipt of a complaint, a copy is forwarded to the State Chancellorís Office on the appropriate form.

  • Defective complaints are returned to the complainant with an explanation of the deficiencies and how to correct them for proper consideration.

  1. Within 14 days of the complaint, an investigation begins. The complainant is notified
  2. when the investigation starts.

  3. If the complaint proves accurate, a resolution of the problem is proposed and corrective actions are taken to insure that the act is not repeated.
  4. After a resolution is developed and approved, the complainant is notified . If the complainant is not satisfied, he/she may object to the proposed resolution via the State Chancellorís Office within 30 days. The Office of Affirmative Action furnishes the complainant with information about where and how to file an objection with the State.
  5. After the resolution proposal is sent to the complainant, the District forwards the complete complaint file, the investigation findings, the Districtís proposed resolution, the letter to the complainant informing him/her of the proposal, and any relevant material to the State Chancellorís Office.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Peralta District, which includes College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College and Vista College, does not discriminate in its admissions, financial aid, educational services, activities, programs (including vocational education) or employment on the basis of race, age, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, color, national origin, creed, medical condition, disability, religious or political affiliation.

The Peralta District is subject to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1972, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act 1991.

The Title IX, Section 504 Coordinator for the Peralta District is the District Affirmative Action Officer, Mr. Larry Hardy, whose office is located at 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606; telephone (510) 466-7220.

Students, faculty, and employees and applicants for employment who believe they have been discriminated against may file a discrimination complaint with the President of the College, Dean of Student Services (for students), Dean of Instruction (for faculty or employees) or the District Affirmative Action Officer. Complaint forms and procedures are available at the Presidentís, Deanís, and Affirmative Action Offices.

Peralta Colleges encourage "mainstreaming" of disabled students into regular classes. The colleges offer support services to make education accessible. Each main campus has an Enabler to coordinate the disabled student program. Students who find that a class is not accessible should contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance. The Centerís services include classroom interpreters, notetakers, readers, special counseling on disability management and peer counseling group. Braille texts, taped texts, and other special equipment are available. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the collegesí vocational education program.



Filosofia y Practica No-Discriminatoria

El Distrito de Peralta, compuesto por los colegios de Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College y Vista, no discrimina en forma alguna con respecto al ingreso al colegio, ayuda economica, servicios educativos, actividades, programas (incluyendo educación vocacional) o en otorgar empleo por causas de raza, edad, sexo (incluyendo abuso sexual), orientación sexual, estado civil, color, país de origen, condición médica, incapacidad física y mental, afiliación politíca o religiosa.

El Distrito Peralta está sujeto al Titulo IX de las Enmiendas Educativas de 1972, los Titulos VI y VII del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y 1972, el Acta de Discriminación por la Edad en Empleo de 1967, el Acta de Discriminación por la Edad de 1975 y la Sección 504 del Acta de Rehabilitación de 1973. El Coordinator del Titulo IX y Sección 504 para el Distrito de Peralta es Funcionario de Acción Afirmativa del Distrito, cuya oficina se encuentra situada en el 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606; teléfono (510) 466-7220.

Estudiantes, facultad, empleados y solicitantes de empleo que crean que hayan sido discriminados pueden presentar una queja de discriminación ante alguno de los siguientes funcionarios: el Presidente del colegio correspondiente, el Decano de Servicios Estudiantiles (en el caso de los alumnos), el Decano de Enseñanza (en el caso de facultad o empleados) o el Funcioná rio de Acción Afirmativa del Distrito. Los furmularios de queja y los procedimientos correspondientes se encuentran a su disposición en las oficinas del Presidente, de los Decanos y de Acción Afirmativa.

Todos los colegios del Distrito de Peralta fomentan la incorporación de alumnos con incapacidades físicas y mentales a las clases regulares. Los colegios ofrecen servicios de apoyo a fin de brindar una educación accesible. Cada colegio tiene un Coordinador cuya función es administrar el programa para estudiantes incapacitados. Los estudiantes que encuentren que una clase no es accesible deben comunicarse con el Centro para estudiantes incapacitados a fin de recibir asistencia. Los servicios del Centro incluyen asistencia por medio de intérpretes en el aula, personas que pueden tomar los apuntes, lectores, un servicio de asesoramiento especial para el manejo de las incapacidades y un grupo de asesoramiento constituido por personas con problemas similares. También hay libros de texto en sistema Braille, libros de texto grabados, y otros equipos especiales.

La falta de fluidez en el idioma Inglés no es un obstácula para el ingreso y la participación en los programas de educación vocacional de los colegios.



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