Prohibition of Discrimination & Harassment

Title IX defines and ensures sex and gender equity in all educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance, including institutions of higher education like ACC. The law requires colleges to respond promptly and effectively to address any report of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct and actively take steps to prevent it. It also prohibits pregnancy discrimination or based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Discrimination and harassment can come from other students, instructors, staff, administrators, or other College officials. Colleges are required to create a safe environment, provide resources to those affected, and take immediate steps to repair disruptions in a student’s education.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, protects employees against discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on a proteced class.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides protection from discrimination on the basis of disability, in state and governmental entities.


Prohibited Conduct

DISCRIMINATION Disparate treatment of a person or group because of their protected status
HARASSMENT Conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or learning environment
RETALIATION Adverse action taken against a person for filing a complaint or participating in an investigation


College Policies

The following are ACC Administrative Rules (policies) and resources that guide the Equal Opportunity Compliance Office in addressing discrimination and harassment matters. Depending on the type of conduct, the Office will consult the relevant policy guidelines.

Students and employees facing discrimination and harassment based on sex or gender can consult the following:

Submit a Sexual Misconduct Anonymous Report

Students facing discrimination and harassment based on a protected class should refer to:

Report Bias-Related Incidents

Employees wishing to file a formal complaint regarding discrimination and harassment should consult:

Report Bias-Related Incidents