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File: Ethical & Responsible Conduct Policies > Anti-Discrimination Policies
As all Fort Lewis College community members should expect that they should be able to work and learn in an environment free from discriminatory harassment, the Discriminatory Harassment Policy defines discriminatory harassment and sets forth the process for handling reports of discriminatory harassment from students and employees of Fort Lewis College.
Vice President for Student Affairs
October 2, 2015
October 2, 2015
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Scheduled for Review
I. Statement of Policy
II. Reporting Discriminatory Harassment
For following policy: All students and employees regardless of their employment classification
For enforcement of policy: Equal Opportunity Coordinator
For oversight of policy: Vice President for Student Affairs
For notification: Policy Librarian
For procedures implementing policy: Equal Opportunity Coordinator
Reason for Policy
To inform the Fort Lewis College community of conduct expectations regarding discriminatory harassment and how to report discriminatory harassment.
This policy was initially approved February 11, 2009. It was revised on December 6, 2013 to add that a single incident may be sufficient for a finding of discriminatory harassment, that retaliation against a person who reports discriminatory harassment is prohibited, that the Title IX Coordinator is a College official with whom discriminatory harassment inquiries and discussions may be held, and that the College has a responsibility to act even if the complainant requests no action be taken if the College has reason to believe a crime has been committed. The revision also specified how to report anonymously through the Silent Witness Report form, specified the availability of support services, and renamed the "Grievance Procedure for the Resolution of Complaints of Unlawful Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Harassment" as "Fort Lewis College Discrimination Grievance Procedure." The revision also omitted the requirement to consider whether an act of discriminatory harassment was protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Vice President for Student Affairs authorized on March 11, 2015 the inclusion of "gender identity" and "gender expression" in the policy statement in alignment with the Board of Trustees' revision on October 17, 2014 of the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, as well as minor editorial changes needed to format the policy in the official policy template. On October 2, 2015, the Board of Trustees approved deletion of the following sentence from the end of Policy Statement I.B.: Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, slurs, epithets, pranks, teasing, taunting, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or actual abuse or harm