Members of the Kilgore College community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The College believes in a zero tolerance policy for gender-based misconduct. When an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administration’s attention, and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated.
Federal and state anti-discrimination laws ensure equality in education and provide for the following:
- Students have the right to equal learning opportunities in their schools.
- Students may not be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to harassment or other forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity in any program or activity.
- Students may not be required to take and/or may not be denied enrollment in a course because of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
- Students have the right to be evaluated and graded without regard to their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Kilgore College takes allegations of sexual harassment serious and investigates all reports.
Sexual harassment is: Unwelcome sexual conduct by other students or school employees that interferes with a student’s right to get an education or to participate in school activities. Sexual harassment may be same-sex or opposite-sex. In addition, sexual harassment includes hostile or demeaning conduct targeting someone’s sex that is sufficiently severe, persistent and pervasive so that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or denies someone the ability to participate in or benefit from the college’s educational program.
Some examples of conduct that, if unwelcome, could constitute sexual harassment:
- Blocking someone’s movement, standing too close, or stalking someone.
- Unwanted hugging, kissing, touching, grabbing, or pinching.
- Spreading rumors or rating others.
- Making sexually suggestive sounds, whistles, or noises.
- Using insults, threats, slurs, or sexual jokes that target someone’s sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Displaying pictures, posters, cartoons, drawings, or computer-generated images of a sexual nature.
- Writing notes, letters, or graffiti that are sexually explicit.
- Making obscene gestures or suggestive body movements
- that are sexual in nature.
- Sexual assault
Title IX and Nondiscrimination refer to federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in education. Sexual harassment of or by school employees or students is a form of discrimination and is therefore prohibited. For more information, consult the KC Student Handbook online or contact the Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Mike Jenkins, Vice President of Student Development, Devall Student Center Office 165, Kilgore, Texas, or call (903) 983-8189.