EQUITY & COMPLIANCE

Equity and Compliance

The Office of Equity and Compliance is charged with ensuring HCC’s compliance with federal, state, and institutional policy guidelines that promote a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment. Responsibilities include the investigation and adjudication of complaints of sexual discrimination—including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct—as well as incidents of stalking and relationship violence. In addition to making policy recommendations, the Office's Coordinator of Equity and Compliance (aka Title IX Coordinator) works to ensure implementation of educational and/or workplace support services for persons with disabilities and monitors compliance with any affirmative action initiatives HCC may undertake. For additional information regarding issues of equity, harassment, or discrimination at HCC, or to speak with HCC’s Coordinator of Equity & Compliance (Jacob Gunden), call (620) 665-3512 or email gundenj@hutchcc.edu.


Sexual Respect & Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination--which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence--in educational programs and activities. All public and private schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. If you have experienced sexual discrimination (such as sexual harassment or sexual violence), here are some things you should know about your Title IX rights:

  • HCC must respond promptly and effectively to sexual harassment and sexual violence  
  • HCC must provide interim measures as necessary
  • HCC should make known where you can find confidential services
  • HCC must conduct an adequate, reliable, and impartial investigation
  • HCC must provide remedies as necessary

[For a more detailed explanation of both your rights and HCC’s responsibilities under Title IX, visit the various “ HCC Know Your Rights ” handouts and the "HCC Student Guide on Sexual Misconduct" under the Documents option on HCC’s Campus Safety & Compliance webpage or view HCC's Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.]


Prevention & Awareness

HCC is a proud participant in The Red Flag Campaign--a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses. Our most recent campaign reminds all Blue Dragons to "Say Something" when you see signs of relationship violence.


Outside Resources

If you want to learn more about your rights, are dissatisfied with HCC's response to your situation, or if you believe that HCC is violating federal law, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), at (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov. If you wish to fill out a complaint form online with OCR, you may do so here.

Similar concerns may also be shared with the Kansas Human Rights Commission (KHRC).


TIPS - Report Incident

  TIPS is NOT an emergency reporting s ystem nor a 911 or emergency reporting si te.   Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you are seeing an incident in progress, or have been a victim of a safety or security incident, call 911 immediately. 

 TIPS expands the methods by which any member of the HCC community can share matters they feel need to be elevated or addressed—including incidents of sexual harassment and discrimination, sexual misconduct, personal safety and security, threats to others, threat to self, workplace concerns, academic dishonesty, and more. Reports shared through the TIPS portal are gathered and reported by a non-HCC website (thereby allowing true anonymity if so desired) and are then shared with the appropriate HCC officials based on location and incident type.

The purpose of TIPS is not to replace direct contact with campus officials, but instead to provide an additional avenue for reporting campus incidents and an added mechanism for the campus community to work together to ensure HCC maintains a welcoming environment. While anonymous reporting is an option through TIPS, please be aware that should you wish to remain anonymous we cannot provide you a follow-up. Anonymous reporting may limit the College’s ability and options for addressing reported incidents. Therefore, some form of contact information is beneficial.


HCC Resources

[*Denotes the resource is confidential]

Campus

  • HCC Coordinator of Equity & Compliance (Title IX Coordinator) – (620) 665-3512, Regular business hours, M-F
  • HCC Campus Security – (620) 665-3379, Day & Evening
  • HCC Counseling Services* – (620) 665-3377, Regular business hours, M-F

Off Campus (Any Location)

Off Campus (Hutchinson & McPherson)

  • Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center of Reno County*, Crisis Line – 1-800-701-3630, (335 Washington St., Hutchinson, KS 67501, www.sadvchutch.org)
    • Serving Harper, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, and Rice Counties
  • Hutchinson Area Student Health Services (HASHS)*, Non-Emergency – (620) 662-7416, (516 E. 14th St., Hutchinson, KS 67501)
  • Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Emergency – 911, Non-Emergency – (620) 665-2000, 24/7 (1701 E. 23rd Ave., Hutchinson, KS 67502, www.hutchregional.com/)
  • McPherson Hospital, Emergency – 911, Non-Emergency – (620) 241-2250, (1000 Hospital Dr., McPherson, KS 67460, www.mcphersonhospital.org)

Off Campus (Newton)

  • Harvey County DV/SA Task Force*, Crisis Line – 1-800-487-0510 or (316) 283-0350, (www.kcsdv.org)
  • Newton Medical Center, Emergency – 911, Non-Emergency – (316) 283-2700, (600 Medical Center Dr., Newton, KS 67114, www.newtonmed.com
  • Via Christi Health – St. Joseph’s Hospital (SANE), Emergency – 911, Non-Emergency – (316) 689-5252, (929 St. Francis N., Wichita, KS 67214, www.viachristi.org)
  • Wesley Medical Center (SANE), Emergency – 911, Non-Emergency –  (316) 962-9122, (550 N. Hillside St., Wichita, KS 67214, http://wesleymc.com)

Off Campus (Fort Riley)

  • The Crisis Center, Inc.*, Crisis Line – 1-800-727-2785 or (785) 539-2785, (www.thecrisiscenterinc.org)
    • Serving Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie, and Riley Counties
  • Geary Community Hospital, Emergency – 911, Non-Emergency – (785) 238-4131, (1102 St. Mary&

Announcements

 

 Celebrities encourage us to say "No More"  to Domestic Violence

With a combined cast of over 40 individuals from all walks of life—entertainers, athletes, government officials and advocates—the NO MORE PSA Campaign offers a simple call to action.

 

 

Hollywood is “Speechless” No More

 

“Speechless,” the newest domestic violence and sexual assault PSA series from the NO MORE movement, is a raw, unscripted and powerful video collection featuring more than a dozen celebrities and athletes. They urge viewers to start a conversation about these issues with friends and loved ones.

 

 

 The NFL encourages us to say “No More”  to Domestic Violence

Nearly two dozen men of the NFL use their voices, their commitment, and, perhaps most significantly, a new and deeply stirring expression of their formidable power to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

  

The NFL is “Speechless” No More

 

“Speechless,” the newest domestic violence and sexual assault PSA series from the NO MORE movement, is a raw, unscripted and powerful video collection featuring more than a dozen athletes and celebrities. They urge viewers to start a conversation about these issues with friends and loved ones.