Sexual Harassment and Discrimination | Western Technical College

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Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Western wants to help all students and employees find the resources they need to feel safe from sex discrimination, sexual harassment or violence, and other harm. Nearly every Western employee can help you begin the process of leaving dangerous situations and relationships, asserting your rights to equal treatment, and achieving your dreams.

Sexual harassment is an umbrella definition that includes the offenses of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Acts of sexual harassment may be committed by any person upon another person, regardless of the sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity of those involved.

If you are not safe, or if you need immediate help: Call 911 or Western's Security Office: 608-785-9191. Immediately following a sexual assault, seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

Visit the Safety and Security website for more information about campus safety efforts.

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965) is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions. This act is codified as Title 20, United States Code, Chapter 38, Sections 1681-1686. The act was also amended by the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 ("Title IX").

The law states that "no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." The amendment in 1987 expanded the definition of "program or activity" to include all the operations of an educational institution, governmental entity, or private employer that receives federal funds.​ 

Western prohibits all forms of illegal discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and coercion on campus and at College related activities and functions. Western takes a strong stance against sexual misconduct. The College seeks to create and maintain a campus free from sexual harassment by using a combination of education, programming, training for students and staff, clear policies, and consistent sanctions for any violation of these policies. The College’s Title IX Coordinator, supported by a cross-functional committee, assists in ensuring compliance. The Office of Human Resources, along with the Student Life Office, provides trained investigators to address any reported issues of sexual misconduct involving staff and/or students.​​​​​​​

Allegations of violations of Title IX, or inquiries or concerns regarding Western’s Title IX policies and procedures can be made to the Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator – Students
Shelley McNeely
Dean of Students
Student Life Office, Kumm Center Room 100
La Crosse Campus
mcneelys@westerntc.edu
608-785-9880

Title IX Coordinator – Employees
Megan Hoffman
Manager of Employment, Compensation and Compliance
Administrative Center, Room 109
La Crosse Campus
hoffmanm@westerntc.edu
608-785-9274

Policy Statements

Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy

Western Technical College (Western) is committed to building and preserving an educational and workplace environment where students and employees can learn and work together free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation in all benefits, programs, and activities. To ensure Western’s commitment to fostering an environment built on a foundation of integrity, teamwork, and respect, the college has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for complaints of discrimination and harassment on the basis of Protected Characteristics, and for complaints regarding retaliation. Western is committed to ensuring compliance with federal and state civil rights and First Amendment laws and regulations. 

Sexual Offender Registration

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (section 1601 of Public Law 106-386) is a federal law enacted in 2000 that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. Sex offender information in the State of Wisconsin is compiled by the Department of Corrections (DOC). To learn the identity of registered sex offenders on or near campus, or anywhere in Wisconsin, visit http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/ or in Minnesota, visit https://coms.doc.state.mn.us/publicregistrantsearch or in Iowa visit Iowa - http://www.iowasexoffender.com/

Contact us

If you are not safe, or if you need immediate help: Call 911 or Western's Security Office at 608-785-9191.