Chapter One: General College Policies

Number: 1.005 Legal Authority: Board Policy BPR 5
Title: Administrator in Charge Implementation Date: 12-17-2002
Contact: President's Office Revisions: 8-25-2014, 2-6-2019

These guidelines provide a framework for employees who are assigned the responsibility of being the Administrator in Charge (AIC) when the president is away from the college for one week or more or under circumstances in which the president deems appropriate.

Day to Day Operations

The AIC will be responsible for serving as the president's designee in the day-to-day operations of the college. This includes:

  • Running designated committee meetings, such as EMT and Institutional Effectiveness Committee
  • Reviewing and signing routine paperwork as necessary
  • Serving as a point of contact for community and Legislative communications
  • Community education needs
  • Maintaining effective communications throughout the campus and community
  • And, performing other necessary duties to ensure the smooth and efficient operations of the college

Campus Emergencies

The AIC is expected to use her or his best judgment in response to campus emergencies, consistent with the college's Suspended Operations Policy, Emergency Procedures, and other policies related to campus security and safety.The AIC will work with other campus administrators to assure proper response to any emergency situation.

Limitations

The AIC shall not be responsible for the following except when expressly authorized by the president or when it is normally a part of his or her assigned duties:

  • Hiring and firing of Centralia College faculty and staff members
  • Legal contract issues
  • Union contract issues
  • Grant approvals
  • Budget alterations
  • Or, any other limitation identified by the president 

Process for Identification of Administrator in Charge

The president or designee will notify the first available administrator from the following category:

  • Vice Presidents
  • Deans
  • Directors

Communications

The President's Office will be responsible for notifying the campus that the President has assigned the AIC the responsibility of being in charge.

Number: 1.010 Legal Authority: RCW 49.60 and their implementing regulations  *see below
Title: Equal Employment & Non-Discrimination Implementation Date: 3-27-2001
Contact: Human Resources Revisions: 8-19-2014, 5-1-2019

 

It is the policy of Centralia College to assure equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, and status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. The College will make every effort to reduce barriers to equal opportunity.

PROCEDURE

The College will:

  • Recruit, hire, train, promote, and improve opportunities for persons in all job titles without regard to race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, marital status, age, religion, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran or sex except when sex is a bona fide occupational qualification as reviewed and approved by the Human Rights Commission or any other agency or similar jurisdiction.
  • Ensure that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfer, layoffs, return from layoffs, College sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, social and recreational programs will be administered consistent with this policy.

While equal opportunity and non-discrimination are the responsibilities of all Centralia College administrators, specific responsibility for plan development, oversight and implementation is delegated as follows:

Human Resources
Hanson Administration Building, Room 101
360-623-8943

*Legal authority:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972

Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendment Act

Age Discrimination Act of 1975

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Washington State's Law Against Discrimination

Number: 1.015 Legal Authority: WAC 132L-350-080
Title: Alcohol and Drug Implementation Date:  
Contact: Vice President, Human Resources Revisions: 10-1-14, 10-2-2019

The College abides by all federal, state and municipal laws, statutes, regulations and codes related to the use, sale, consumption, possession or distribution of alcohol and drugs. Employees and students in violation of any such ordinances may be subject to criminal action in addition to any campus disciplinary proceedings.  

Under certain conditions, exceptions to serve alcohol can be granted by the President by following the “Alcoholic Beverages Policy”. 

Employees must, as a condition of continued employment abide by the terms of this policy, and must report any conviction under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring in or on property owned or controlled by Centralia College or while conducting Centralia College business to their supervisor and Human Resources within five days after the conviction. Centralia College will report the conviction to the appropriate federal grant/contracting agency as required by the agency.  Students applying for or receiving financial aid must report any drug convictions to the director of financial aid in accordance with the federal regulations governing financial aid. Financial aid may be denied or terminated as a result. 

Sanctions: In accordance with various employees’ regulations, negotiated contracts, and college policies, individuals may be subject to discipline up to and including termination. 

Policy Review and Certification: The Vice President, Human Resources and Legal Affairs, and the Vice President, Student Services, shall review this policy every two years. The president shall submit the drug-free campus certification as required by Section 22 of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-226) to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional Authority:

Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989

Campus contact: Human Resources

POLICY:

The dissemination or use of alcoholic beverages on Centralia College's premises without an approved permit is prohibited.

[Policy delegated by Board of Trustees to College, 9/21/00]

PROCEDURE:

The use of alcoholic beverages on campus shall conform to the following:

  • When approved by the College President, alcoholic beverages may be served by a recognized student organization, College administrative unit, or community organization.
  • Approval of alcoholic beverages on campus must be requested at least fourteen (14) working days before the date of use. Each program event will be limited to beer and wine service purchased in conjunction with food.
  • All requests are to be filed with the Office of the Vice President, Finance and Administration. If the request is congruent with the best interests of the requesting organization and the College, the request may receive initial approval by the Vice President. Final approval shall be by the College President.
  • The application for use of alcoholic beverages on campus must be completed by an authorized representative of the organization who accepts responsibility for compliance with the College and other governmental rules and regulations, where applicable, and agrees to be present at the specific function.
  • The initial approving administrative official or designee shall be available at functions where alcoholic beverages are being served, and has the authority to make decisions that might arise concerning College policies or procedures.
  • All events where alcoholic beverages are served will be approved in accordance with Washington State Liquor Control Board guidelines that permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages at such events.
  • The initial approving College official shall designate the specific location for the distribution of alcoholic beverages at approved events. A driver's license with picture or a Washington State identification card will be the only acceptable forms of identification to obtain access to designated distribution locations.
  • Alcoholic beverages will be served and consumed only in a designated area.
  • All sales and use of alcoholic beverages will be covered by the Washington State Law, as interpreted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
  • Nonalcoholic beverages will be available at all College events where alcoholic beverages are served.
  • The College reserves the right to require that security is provided at any function where alcoholic beverages are being served.
  • No person who is under the influence of alcohol or dangerous substances, or who is disorderly in conduct, shall be allowed to serve, consume, or dispense alcoholic beverages.

[Reviewed and Approved: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 9/18/2014]

Campus contact: Vice President, Instruction

POLICY:

The College President approves the annual instructional calendar.

PROCEDURE:

An annual instructional calendar will be developed by the College under the direction of the Vice President, Instruction. This instructional calendar, which is published in the College catalog, is the official schedule for the College and includes class days, faculty days, quarter beginning and ending dates and holidays. The total number of faculty workdays will be in accordance with the Faculty Negotiated Agreement.

The Vice President, Instruction will annually convene a calendar committee whose members will include two faculty representatives appointed by the federation and other members selected to provide broad institutional representation and perspective.

The committee will meet during winter quarter each year and review the next year's academic calendar and develop draft calendars for the succeeding two years. These calendars will be presented to the president for approval by the 1st of February each year.

Corrections Education

Contact: Dean of Instruction, Corrections Education

PROCEDURE:

Annual instructional calendars for the Cedar Creek Corrections Center and the Garret Heyns Education Center will be prepared by the Dean of Instruction, Corrections Education, in consultation with the faculty and staff.

[Policy delegated by BOT to College, 9/21/00] [Revised and Reviewed: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 9/23/2014]

PRACTICE

Because of the visibility and financial responsibility associated with cellular telephone use, the Department of Information Services (DIS) has developed cellular telephone use guidelines. These guidelines will be observed by all Centralia College employees when dealing with cellular telephone acquisition, use, and control.

Acquisition
As a general rule, the College not purchase cellular telephones. In the event any cellular telephone equipment is required to be purchased by the College, it must be pre-approved by the Vice President, Finance and Administration and all DIS approved information technology acquisition policies and procedures must be followed.
State owned cellular telephones and services are only to be used to conduct agency business.

In those instances where the use of a cellular telephone is an integral part of the College employee's performance, the College will reimburse the employee for cellular telephone charges under the conditions listed below.

Appropriate use
The appropriate Vice President must authorize in advance any College use of cellular telephones or reimbursement for cellular telephone charges. Justification for cell telephone use must include examples of greater efficiency, effectiveness, and/or disaster recovery achieved by the use of this technology.

Cellular telephones may be used to provide assistance with disaster recovery and where the technology can greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a College employee (documented savings must be presented). Cellular transmissions are not secure and employees should use discretion in relaying confidential information on cellular telephones.

Control
The appropriate Vice President must authorize any reimbursement for employee use of cellular telephones.

Employees who are authorized to use cellular telephones to conduct College business must document each call and its purpose (both incoming and outgoing calls).

Documentation on a copy of an itemized cellular telephone bill is acceptable. The base charge for cellular telephone access will be pro-rated based on the personal percentage vs. College business percentage use of the cellular telephone. Charges for College business related calls over the base charge will be reimbursed on a call-by-call basis.
Supervisors will review and initial all cell telephone invoices that are to be reimbursed by the College. Supervisors will report any errors, misuse, or concerns to the appropriate Vice President who will advise the Vice President, Finance and Administration if appropriate.

Cellular telephone charges will be a departmental/divisional expense. Cellular telephone charges will not be paid out of the College central services budget as an institutional expense.

College employees are required to take appropriate precautions to prevent theft and vandalism of all state equipment.

An inventory of all College owned cellular equipment will be kept by the computer services department for internal auditing purposes. (Administrative Approval: February 20, 1996)

Number: 1.040 Legal Authority:  
Title: Change of Name and/or Address Implementation Date:  
Contact: Human Resources Revisions: 8-19-2014, 5-1-2019

When a change of name, address, telephone number, or number of dependents occurs, employees must notify the Human Resources Office immediately. When termination occurs, the employee must notify the Human Resources Office of the correct address for mailing of the withholding form at the end of the year.

Campus Contact: Director of Custodial/Grounds or Vice President, Finance and Administration

POLICY

Centralia College, in compliance with WAC 296-62-054 through WAC 296-62-05425, Hazard Communication Standard, has in effect a comprehensive hazard communication program to inform employees of the existence of any hazardous chemicals used in the performance of their duties.

Number: 1.050 Legal Authority:  
Title: Chronic and/or Communicable Disease Education Implementation Date: 9-21-2000
Contact: Vice President Student Services Revisions: 5-1-2019

Centralia College provides education through the Student Life and Involvement Center about the transmission and prevention of chronic and/or communicable diseases.

Number: 1.052 Legal Authority: Board Policy BPR 3
Title: College Policy and Procedure Formulation Implementation Date: 3-3-2004
Contact: President’s Office Revisions: 8-19-2014, 3-6-2019

Board policy is approved after formal review by the board. College policy and procedures are approved by the Institutional Effectiveness Committee after a review/recommendation process.  
Policy and procedure development, revision, or elimination may begin in a variety of ways: 

  • Request by the board of trustees
  • Disappearing Task Forces (DTFs) charged by the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IE), the president or any vice president
  • Any IE constituent group
  • Required as the result of changes in law
  • Required as the result of Office of Financial Management (OFM) changes
  • Required as the result of changes in State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) policy
  • Required as the result of external state or federal agencies or regulations
  • An employee's request to the president or any vice president
  • Regular review and updating process, including elimination of existing policy


POLICY: Policies establish originating authority, delegated responsibility, and the general principles which guide the College. 
Board of trustee's policy Executive Limitation (EL)-1 delegates to the college president the authority to exercise in the name of the board (under RCW 28B.10.528) all of the powers and duties vested in or imposed upon the board by law, except such powers and duties as the board expressly reserves for the board. See Board EL policies for restrictions. 
Proposed board policy is subject to a first and second reading prior to a formal vote of approval by the board. Once approved, the president shall enact policy through the authority delegated by the board. This authority is exercised commonly through college policy or procedure implementation. 
Nothing prevents the president or a vice president from approving an interim policy, as long as:

  • The interim policy time is limited;
  • EMT reviews the interim policy;
  • IE is informed of the interim policy; and
  • Policy formulation processes are begun to create permanent policy.


PROCEDURE: the prescribed means of accomplishing policy through specific action, guidelines, compliance needs or expected standards. 

Before any constituency group may request the development, modification, or deletion of a college policy or procedure, a vice president must first bring the issue to the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IE). [Exceptions: Faculty Union, Classified Staff Union, and Associated Students of Centralia College (ASCC)].

IE will determine:

  • if, where, and when it shall route the issue for development of an initial draft; and
  • assign a title, number, and "placement" for the policy or procedure

The initial first draft shall be presented in the official format when forwarded to IE for review.

Upon receipt of an initial draft, IE shall permit any constituency group that wishes to review the draft to do so. Comments will be brought back to IE for a second reading. 

At the conclusion of its policy review, IE shall take one of the following actions:

  • Recommend to the president with no modification;
  • Recommend to the president with specific modifications;
  • Recommend that the president not approve the policy or procedure; or
  • Refer the draft back to one or more constituency groups for additional revision.


The president will assign periodic review of policy and procedures, ordinarily every five years, to maintain both currency and relevance to college values, authorities, and operations.

Number: 1.053 Legal Authority: Board Policy BPR 3
Title: College Policy Exceptions Implementation Date: 3-3-2004
Contact: President’s Office Revisions: 8-25-2014, 3-6-2019

INTRODUCTION 
Policies cover a broad spectrum of cases, people, and circumstances. The college acknowledges that there may be times when it is reasonable, prudent, and desirable to grant exceptions to policies to allow for individual circumstances not covered by the wording of a particular policy. 

POLICY 
Therefore, the college authorizes the president, the vice presidents, and their designees to grant limited exceptions to college policy subject to specified parameters. 

PROCEDURE 
Any exception to published policy may not: 

  1. be applied in a discriminatory manner;
  2. violate any federal, state or municipal law, statute or regulation;
  3. violate any collective bargaining agreement unless agreed to by all signatories to the agreement;
  4. violate State Board for Community and Technical College (SBCTC), Office of Financial Management (OFM), or other applicable state policy; and
  5. violate the state ethics law or rulings by the state ethics commission.

The administrator may make exceptions only in her or his area of responsibility. Where very frequent exceptions are made, the policy must receive policy review in accordance with 1.052. The vice president may delegate authority to affected staff, especially while policy is under review.

Whenever possible, the administrator should consult with policy content experts prior to making an exception.

Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Exceptions must be documented and forwarded to the appropriate vice president. The vice president shall maintain the documentation on file. The documentation should include the rationale for making an exception in the specific instance.

Exceptions must be made after consultation with the personnel affected.

Personnel affected by an exception must be provided the final decision and the reason for it

Number: 1.055 Legal Authority:  
Title: Commercial Activities Implementation Date:  
Contact: Vice President Administration Revisions: 11-24-2014, 4-3-2019

POLICY

The College may engage in the direct sale of goods, facilities, and services to individuals, groups, or external agencies for fees when those services, facilities, or goods are related to the educational mission of the College. Requests to establish ongoing commercial activities will be processed through the Vice President of Finance and Administration office.

Oversight

The Vice President, Finance and Administration is designated as the officer who shall: 

  • Resolve matters concerning the internal application of this policy.
  • Address questions from members of the external community about specific sales programs.
  • Review all proposed commercial sales activities to other governmental agencies.
Campus Contact: Director of Information Technology

 

POLICY

The use of computers on campus must be consistent with the mission and goals of Centralia College.

PROCEDURE [Reviewed and Revised: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 4/13/2015]

Guidelines for Appropriate Computer Use 

  1. Searching public catalogues, databases, and links placed on the College's website.
  2. Searching public catalogues, databases, and links of other institutions using the College's home page.
  3. Searching the Internet for study, research, and teaching.
  4. Downloading legally obtained research onto a removable disk or a printer.
  5. Doing assigned Centralia College coursework or performing tasks specifically associated with college employment.

Inappropriate Use

Listed below are some examples of activities NOT ALLOWED on computers on the Centralia College campus or facility.

Prohibited Activities on all college-owned or controlled computers. The following are examples of inappropriate uses. This list is illustrative and is not exhaustive.

  • Hacking or use of protocol analyzers or 'sniffers'.
  • Creating, disseminating or executing self-replicating or similar nuisance programs (e.g. virus, Trojan horse), whether or not they are destructive in nature.
  • Use of any Centralia College computer not authorized for your use by your supervisor.
  • Computer use that violates any municipal, state or federal law, regulation or statute.
  • Use of public workstations which violate College Policies, such as destroying files, damaging equipment, removing memory chips, accessing confidential files, entering secured hard disks, changing established formats within computer hard disks.
  • Using computers to act abusively towards others or to provoke a violent reaction, such as stalking, acts of bigotry, threats of violence, or other hostile or intimidating "Fighting words." Such words include those terms widely recognized to victimize or stigmatize individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, and other protected characteristics.
  • Posting of Web page material that violates the College's Student Code of Conduct, Center of Information Service (CIS) policy, and state and federal law. This includes posting information that is slanderous or defamatory in nature or displaying graphically disturbing or sexually harassing images or text on a public computer facility or location that are in view of other individuals.
  • The Centralia College internet system shall not be used to transmit, receive, or store in any form data or documents where the content and/ or meaning of the message/ document or its transmission or distribution or display is likely to be deemed obscene, abusive, or highly offensive to anyone.
  • Using the college computers for entertainment, except as directed by an instructor.

Restricted Activities on Library Computers

Use of library computers is a privilege and not a right. Therefore, use of computers in the library shall be exclusively reserved for uses that directly relate to the mission and values of Centralia College. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of computer use privileges and removal from the Library. In addition to the previously identified prohibitions, the following activities are prohibited on Library computers.

The following activities are prohibited before 1:00 PM:

  • Use of word processing, notepad, spreadsheets, other local workstation applications on research designated machines
  • Posting to newsgroups, listserves, other networked activities
  • Use of personal CDs or floppy disks except to download files
  • Interactive on-line communications: e.g., personal e-mail, chatlines, etc.

In times of heavy use, priority is given to:

  • Use of the public catalog, periodical indices, and other Library Webpage resources.
  • Centralia College students
  • College class-related research

Note: Librarians may need to ask users to give up computers to meet these priorities.

Use of computers by college faculty, staff members or others

Centralia College staff members must comply with Washington State Law RCW 42.52 known as the Ethics in Public Service Law. This law requires that all public staff members and state officials be accountable to the people and must consider this public accountability as a particular obligation of their public service using their official powers and duties and the resources of the state only to advance the public interest. This obligation requires that all faculty and staff members of Centralia College may not use state resources, which any computer operated by the college would be considered, for personal benefit or to benefit another person. This restriction does not prohibit the use of public resources to benefit others as part of a College faculty, staff member or officer's official duties.

Consequences of Misuse

Persons alleged to have violated this policy may be subject to Centralia College's disciplinary procedures and policies, including but not limited to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code, non-discrimination and sexual harassment policies. For employees of the College, disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with applicable contracts, college policy and state personnel regulations. The College will make every effort, where appropriate, to resolve allegations at an informal level agreeable to all affected parties.

Additionally, users found to have violated this policy or other appropriate college policies, municipal, federal or state laws or regulations may have their computer use privileges withheld, denied or removed, in addition to possible other sanctions such as removal from the library, or suspension or dismissal from the college.

Questions

Copies of the Student Conduct Code are available from the Student Services Offices. Copies of the Sexual Harassment Policy and Discrimination Complaint Procedures are available from the Human Resources Office and the Student Services Offices. The College reserves the right to pursue civil or criminal action when appropriate.

Number: 1.070 Legal Authority: RCW 42.52
Title: State Ethics Law Implementation Date: 9-21-2000
Contact: Appropriate Vice President Revisions: 8-19-2014, 5-1-2019

Centralia College staff members must comply with Washington State Law RCW 42.52 known as the Ethics in Public Service Law. Periodic training and information is provided to employees on this subject.

Number: 1.075 Legal Authority:  
Title: Conservation of Energy/Electricity Implementation Date:  
Contact: Facilities, Operations, and Maintenance Office Revisions: 11-24-2014, 12-4-2019

The College is committed to support a sustainable campus and will continually monitor practices and procedures to reduce power consumption relative to size. The results will be reported annually to the campus.  New buildings shall be designed to Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) Silver or equivalent standards.

Campus Contacts: Vice Presidents, Human Resources & Legal Affairs and Instruction


POLICY
It is the intent of Centralia College that that all persons working or studying at Centralia College will comply with federal copyright law (U.S. Code Title 17).

PROCEDURES
Fair Use Guidelines determine the legality of copying copyrighted materials for educational use. In general, single copies of copyrighted materials may be made for "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research" (Title 17, Section 107.) Faculty may make multiple copies of materials for distribution to students when it is a spontaneous decision; it is in the context of face-to-face teaching; only a small percentage of the whole work is copied; the copies are for only one course; and the copying is not repeated, quarter to quarter. If these conditions are not met, permission must be requested from the copyright holder. All copies should include the copyright notice from the original.

Additionally:

  • Specific guidelines govern copying of printed music and audiovisual materials.
  • All copies should include notice of copyright copied from the original.
  • All course syllabi shall include a copyright statement
  • Under no circumstances may course packs be duplicated and sold to students without permission from the copyright holders.
  • Faculty members will respect copyright restrictions for delivering instruction via distance education as detailed in the TEACH Act.
  • In compliance with theDigital Millennium Copyright Act, Centralia College computing and network resources may not be used for actions that violate federal copyright law.

Contact: Vice President of Human Resources & Legal Affairs

INTRODUCTION 
The Centralia College Web site and network are provided to support the College's teaching and learning mission. It is the intent of the College that faculty, students, and staff will be aware of, and comply with, relevant copyright laws, including Fair Use Guidelines.

POLICY 
Under the DMCA, Centralia College as an Internet Service Provider is protected from liability for the actions of the College's network users as long as the College does not have actual knowledge of or have reason to know about infringement, the College does not benefit financially from the infringement, the College, upon notice of an infringement, acts expeditiously to remove, or disable, the material that is claimed to be infringing, an agent is designated with contact information on the College's Web site, and repeat infringers' rights to use of the network are terminated.

PROCEDURES 
If you as a copyright holder believe your copyright has been violated via the Centralia College network, send a notification to the College's Registered Agent:

Julie D. Huss, J.D. VP, Human Resources & Legal Affairs 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia, WA 98531 360-623-8474 julie.huss@centralia.edu
U.S. Code, Title 17, Section 512(c)(3)(A), requires that your Notification of Claimed Infringement includes the following:
  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

The College will promptly acknowledge receipt of notification of claimed infringement, and remove or disable access to, that is, "take-down," the contested material from the network pending resolution of the claim.1

INTRODUCTION
This policy is written to meet the requirements of Federal Regulations CFR 668.14(b) (30) and CFR 668.43(a) (10).

DEFINITION
Digital file sharing is the practice of distributing or providing access to digitally stored information, such as computer programs, multi-media (audio, video), documents, or electronic books. It may be implemented in a variety of storage, transmission, and distribution models.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is software that allows computer users, utilizing the same software, to connect with each other and directly access files from one another's hard drives.

POLICY
Students and employees of Centralia College may not use the college's information technology system to make unauthorized distribution of copyright materials, including, but not limited to, unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing. Violation of this prohibition may subject an employee or student to criminal, and/or civil liabilities, in addition to college disciplinary action.

PROCEDURES
Employees in violation of this prohibition are subject to disciplinary action and due process as specified in the college's negotiated agreements and employee policies. Students in violation of this prohibition are subject to disciplinary action, penalties, and due process in accordance with WAC132L-120, The Student Rights and Responsibilities Code. Penalties are summarized in WAC 132L-120-100.

PRACTICE
To combat unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institutions network, Centralia College may use these technological based deterrents: commercial products, bandwidth shaping, traffic monitoring, and aggressively responding to Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices. Centralia College makes information about appropriate and inappropriate use of copyrighted material on its website, as part of its housing agreements with students, as part of its new student orientation program and in its course syllabi. In addition, signs and posters provide information at the various computer labs and stations available for student use. Employees receive this information as part of new employee orientation.

IT reviews annually the effectiveness of these plans and shall review the legal alternatives for downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted material. As a result of this review, the director of information technology posts these legal alternatives on the web page devoted to appropriate use of copyrighted materials.

[Approved: President James Walton, January 5, 2011]

CAMPUS CONTACT: Human Resources Office, Information Technology Office

POLICY
Centralia College will adopt an Electronic Signature Procedure that fulfills the requirements of RCW 19.360.020 and the OCIO Electronic Signature Guidelines. The Electronic Signature Procedure will be regularly reviewed to ensure compliance with OCIO guidelines.

Departments wishing to utilize electronic signatures will complete and document the Business Analysis and Risk Assessment portion of the Electronic Signature Procedure.

It is a violation of this policy for any individual to sign a Centralia College-related transaction on behalf of another individual, unless he or she has been granted specific authority by that individual. Individuals found in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct and criminal prosecution under applicable federal and state laws.

[Reviewed and Approved: Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, President 11/8/2016]

Campus contact: Vice President, Finance and Administration

POLICY 
The use of the Centralia College mail systems shall be solely for facilitating the exchange of information consistent with the purposes, objectives and mission of Centralia College.

Users of the Centralia College mail systems shall promote efficient use of the campus networks to minimize, and avoid if possible, creating congestion within or upon the networks thereby interfering with the work of other users of the networks. Further, users of the Centralia College mail systems shall respect the rights and property of all others and shall not improperly access, misappropriate or misuse the information/files of other users.

Every effort will be made to insure the privacy of individual accounts, however; under special circumstances, to resolve technical problems, prevent misuse of the system, or investigate illegal activity, personnel authorized by the system administrators may access accounts. Additionally, absolute security cannot be assured and unauthorized or accidental access to an account is possible, as is the interception of electronic messages.

The Centralia College mail systems shall not be used to transmit in any form (e.g. text, images, sound) data or documents where the content and/or meaning of the message or its transmission or distribution would violate any applicable law or regulation.

The Centralia College mail systems shall not be used to transmit in any form (e.g. text, images, sound) data or documents where the content and/or meaning of the message or its transmission or distribution is likely to be deemed obscene, abusive, or highly offensive to recipient(s).

The Centralia College mail systems shall not be used for commercial purposes unrelated to College functions.
When using the Centralia College mail systems for reaching recipients and services beyond the Centralia College local area networks themselves (i.e., Internet), users shall apply the Centralia College Network and Electronic Mail Acceptable Use Policy.

With advice/recommendations from the Technology Committee (and its subcommittees), and ratification by the College Council, the system administrators are responsible for the modification and distribution of this Acceptable Use Policy.

Violations of this policy could result in the withdrawal of use privileges, discipline, and/or termination of employment.

Guidelines for E-Mail were developed to guide staff as they create e-mail messages, and these guidelines were distributed in March 1995. Copies of the Guidelines can be obtained in the Computer Services Office.

[Recommended: College Council February 21, 1995; Approved: President]

Number: 1.097 Legal Authority: RCW 40.14.040
Title: Preservation of Electronic Records for Litigation Implementation Date: 1-9-2009
Contact: Vice President, Human Resources Revisions: 8-19-14, 10-2-2019

Centralia College shall preserve all electronic materials that could be relevant to pending or anticipated lawsuits, and retrieve and produce such materials in the course of such litigation. Failure to meet these obligations may subject Centralia College and the individuals involved to sanctions and liability.

As required by RCW 40.14.040, the Public Records Officer manages and oversees Centralia College compliance with state and federal laws and regulations relating to the preservation and destruction of electronic and paper information.

Number: 1.099 Legal Authority: RCW 28A.320.125, Clery Act
Title: Timely Warning Notifications Implementation Date:  
Contact: Campus Safety & Security Manager Revisions: 2-5-2020

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f), Centralia College issues timely warning notifications to alert the campus community to Clery Act crimes that the Centralia College Clery Committee determines represent a serious and ongoing threat to the campus. The Campus Safety & Security Manager or the Centralia College Public Information Officer or their designee, may distribute timely warning notifications using a variety of means, including, but not limited to, emails, text messages, phone calls, and website announcements posted on the Centralia College website.

Campus Coordinator: Vice President, Finance and Administration

PRACTICE 
Handling emergencies at an on-campus location is the responsibility of the first staff member, or their designee, who is immediately available. The procedure to follow is:

  1. Enlist the aid of a qualified, competent person(s) as needed.
  2. Determine nature of the emergency.
  3. Make certain that first aid is rendered as required. Injured persons should receive help, but only to the extent that any person administering aid is qualified to do so, however, injured persons should not be moved or treated unless their lives are threatened by remaining as or where they are.
  4. Follow the victim's advice about calling parents and/or personal physician.
  5. When emergency aid is needed, call the appropriate emergency number(s) (Dial 9 first to obtain an outside line.): 911 Centralia Fire Department, Medic I, Centralia Police 748-9286 Lewis County Sheriff 748-6633 Washington State Patrol 736-2803 Providence Centralia Hospital 1-800-732-6985 Poison Control Center (Washington State)
  6. Inform the Vice President, Instruction in the case of faculty members, Vice President, Student Services in the case of students, or the Vice President Human Resources and Legal Affairs in the case of classified employees about the event as soon as practical.
  7. The staff member is responsible to make certain that the appropriate accident form, Student/Visitor Accident Injury or Occupational Illness Report (for students) or Report of Employee Personal Injury/Incident/Accident form (for faculty and staff), is completed and returned to the appropriate office. In all instances in which the switchboard operator is involved, she/he will initiate the form and forward it to the appropriate office. The Student/Visitor form is available from the Vice President, Student Services Office, and the Report of Employee form is available from the Human Resources Office.

Campus Coordinator: President

Definitions

  • EMERGENCY: Structural, medical, or people situations that may cause harm to persons or property such as bomb threats, chemical or radiation spills, civil disturbances, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, explosions, downed aircraft, fire, flood, large scale medical such as epidemic or poisoning, psychological crisis, snow or bad weather, utility failure or violent or criminal behavior.
  • CRISIS: Any event or issue, other than an emergency, that triggers negative reactions by stakeholders that affect the college's reputation, financial strength, and ability to carry out its mission such as casualty accidents, class-action lawsuits, consumer activism, defects and recalls, discrimination, environmental damages, executive dismissal, financial damages, labor disputes, mismanagement, sexual harassment, whistle blowing, and white-collar crime.

POLICY 
Only the president, or administrator in charge, may declare a college emergency or crisis.

EMERGENCY TEAM PROCEDURES

  • The Emergency Team shall consist of: the president (or administrator in charge), the vice presidents (as available), the campus safety officer or appointed staff member, the director of college relations, and other persons the president may deem necessary.
  • The president or administrator in charge shall assemble the Emergency Team
  • Establish either a Field Emergency Command Post at the site or a General Emergency Command Post
  • Follow the procedures in the Emergency Response Manual
  • The president or administrator in charge may also wish to assemble the Crisis Team.

CRISIS TEAM PROCEDURES

  • The Crisis Team shall consist of: the president (or administrator in charge), vice presidents, and appointed members from deans, directors and other groups as needs determine.
  • The president or administrator in charge shall assemble the Crisis Team
  • As details are known, the president may augment the crisis response team with additional staff such as, but not limited to: director of counseling, assistant attorney general, and administrative assistants.
  • The crisis team shall assemble as soon as possible in the president's office or at some location deemed more appropriate by the president.
  • The senior administrator present on the crisis team shall assume all authorities until arrival of the president.
  • Follow the guidelines in the Crisis Response Manual on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Crisis Team shall meet at least annually to review the details of crisis scenario.

[Reviewed: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 08/25/14]

Number: 1.102 Legal Authority:
RCW 28A.320.125
Title: Emergency Notifications Implementation Date: 1-4-2011
Contact: Campus Safety & Security Manager Revisions: 2-5-2020

Centralia College shall operate a mass emergency notification system that provides emergency notification and information to its college community. The system shall be opt in only. 

Centralia College shall use this system to send emergency notifications to its students and employees via InformaCast and other applicable technology.

Campus Contact: Director of Information Technology 

 

POLICY
Employee use computers at Centralia College will be replaced:

  1. When they no longer meet the minimum acceptable hardware specification as set by the Technology Committee.
  2. When they no longer meet the needs of the using department.

Departments wishing to replace computers that meet the minimum acceptable hardware specification must do so with non-replacement policy funds. Departments with grant funded computers must continue to use grant funds for replacements.

When projecting costs associated with new employee positions (not replacements), divisions must fund the cost of the initial computer hardware. Divisions must not count on the availability of used equipment for filling new employee positions.

Divisions may elect to remove computers from the replacement plan. The computer will be returned to the IT Department for evaluation for redeployment elsewhere or surplus.

PROCEDURE 
Each budget year:
  1. The Technology Committee will:
  2. Establish the minimum acceptable hardware specification based upon the hardware requirements of the current operating system (Windows) and major software applications (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc.) The minimum acceptable hardware specification may change throughout the budget year as new versions of software are released.
  3. Distribute a list of computers that should be replaced each year.
  4. The campus will provide sufficient funds to replace computers that no longer meet the minimum acceptable hardware specification.
  5. Divisions wishing to upgrade replacement computers beyond the standard configuration must fund the cost difference.
  6. The IT Department will:
  7. Procure and deploy the replacement computers leveraging large orders where possible.
  8. Evaluate computers being replaced. All computers will be returned to the IT Department for evaluation and possible redeployment regardless of funding source. Upgrading will be used where cost effective. The IT Department will redeploy computers in a manner that serves the best utilization of the computer. Grant funded computers will be redeployed back to grant funded areas where a need exists; otherwise they may be redeployed to replace general use machines.
  9. Maintain a small pool of excess computers to support special projects or one time needs.
  10. Produce an annual report giving details of computers replaced and how the funds were used. This report will also evaluate the need to modify the upcoming years funding allocation.
[Reviewed and Revised: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 11/24/2014]

Centralia College strives to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the same services and content that are available to people without disabilities, including services and content made available through the use of information technology (IT). IT procured, developed, maintained, and used by Centralia College should provide substantially similar functionality, experience, and information access to individuals with disabilities as it provides to others.

The policy aligns with:

  • Centralia College's obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 together with its 2008 Amendments.
  • Washington State Policy #188 - Accessibility.
  • The Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Accessible Technology Policy


Reviewed and Revised by IE 4/6/2017
Reviewed and Approved by Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, President, 4/11/2017]1.

Centralia College Accessible Technology Plan

As part of an ongoing practice of continuous improvement—and in accordance with our Mission Statement and Core Themes—Centralia College plans for accessible information technology. 

This Accessible Technology Plan was developed under the guidelines of WA OCIO Policy 188.  Technologies adopted or implemented after August 2016 are expected to meet Level AA compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Existing Information Technologies
Existing Technologies, in use prior to August 2016, are made accessible to individuals with disabilities through a customized accommodation process.
Students are encouraged to apply for accommodations through the Disability Services Office.
Staff or faculty may contact Human Resources in person, by phone 360-623-8943 or by email at hro@centralia.edu.

Campus contact: Institutional Research and External Funding

POLICY
All external funding requests require the signature of the College President or designee.

PROCEDURE 
All requests for external funding shall be reviewed by the Office of Institutional Research and External Funding. All grant funds are maintained separately from College funds and are monitored closely with assistance from the Business Office.

Campus contact: Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Office

POLICY 
To assure appropriate scheduling of the College facilities, regularly scheduled classes will have priority over other usage. Fees, scheduling, and permission for other usage is set by the Vice President, Finance and Administration. (See WAC 132L-136-060.)

[Reviewed and Revised: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 11/24/2014]

Campus contact: Facilities, Operations and Maintenance

Eligibility and Priority
The TAC is designed and dedicated for the instruction of Centralia College (CC) students, College activities and organizations. The facility is available to external organizations, businesses, civic, and community organizations, and individuals outside of the College upon request, and as space permits.
College facilities are reserved according to the following priorities:

  1. Academic activities involving course credit directly related to the instructional mission of the College.
  2. College-sponsored activities as approved by the Office of the President and/or Board of Trustees.
  3. Institutional activities other than course-related activities sponsored by faculty members or departments, Student Government, and student clubs and organizations that are recognized by the college.
  4. Administrative department meetings and programs.
  5. Co-sponsored CC events and activities that involve off-campus individuals or groups with a direct relationship to College administration or a College approved student club/organization.
  6. Outside/External events and activities for rental clients, including non-profit groups, governmental agencies, school districts, other organizations and individuals whose proposed events are not directly involved with CC student programs or departments.


TAC Rental Rates

  1. The rates will be published on the College website.
  2. Revenues earned from the rental of the facilities will be used to maintain the TAC building and grounds.

Reservation/Scheduling Requirements
  1. Room rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to campus activities, student groups and College-sponsored events.
  2. Once an external rental application is approved, it cannot be superseded by a college activity or event.
  3. An Events Request Form must be completed by the College/Rental Client.
  4. The College reserves the right to deny any function which will endanger persons or property, or does not meet the standards established concerning the use of the facility.
  5. Rental of facilities may be revoked by the College if violation(s) of the College regulations and/or breach of provisions of the policies and procedures occur.
  6. Facility rental reservation rights cannot be transferred, assigned, or sublet.
  7. If under aged participants are to be on campus, sufficient, competent adult supervision must be provided by the College/Rental Client at the event.
  8. CC reserves the right to inspect and supervise all events being held in the TAC.
  9. Alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) will be allowed only with prior approval of the Vice President of Administrative Services as long as user abides by all laws of the Washington State (WAC 132G-124-020) and Washington State Liquor Control Board.
  10. Marijuana, illegal, and/or controlled substances are not permitted on College premises.
  11. All federal, state, and local laws/ordinances must be adhered to; illegal conduct is not permitted.
  12. College officials shall have the right to terminate an agreement immediately and without notice upon its discovery of a violation of any term, condition or provision of this policy.

Damage and/or Loss of College Property
  1. The College/Rental Client is liable for any damage to the facility caused during the scheduled event or activity, or by the Client's guests/individuals connected to the event.
  2. If such damage occurs it will be assessed and itemized, and the College/Rental Client will be required to reimburse the College for the damages.
  3. Damage charges include all charges to defray any expense for the repair or replacement of damaged property or equipment incurred as a result of a rental agreement. These charges will be on a "full recovery" basis.
  4. A damage deposit may be required by the College for rental of the banquet facilities, kitchen, and other facilities in the TAC. The amount of the deposit shall be determined by the College.

Liability & Insurance
  1. At the discretion of Centralia College, the Rental Client must procure and maintain in force at the time of the event, without expense to the College, a public liability insurance policy covering bodily injury and property damage with limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence. Some events held on the property of Centralia College may require additional insurance.
  2. If required, the Rental Client must provide the Facilities Office with a certificate of insurance prior to the event.
  3. Centralia College assumes no responsibility for personal property and equipment brought onto the premises or for damage or loss of any articles or merchandise left on campus prior to, during, or following an event.
  4. The Rental Client will be required to indemnify and hold harmless Centralia College from and against any and all claims as a result of acts or neglect of the Rental Client, its agents, employees, attendees or guests.

Publicity & Advertising
  1. The use of the Centralia College logo, trademark or trade name is not permitted without prior authorization. The College Public Information Office (PIO) will provide an acceptable College logo for any materials that may be produced by the Rental Client if applicable.
  2. The customer may NOT promote their event as a CC sponsored event unless agreed upon in writing by the College in advance. Publicity for non-College events cannot be structured as to imply College sponsorship or endorsement of the event.
  3. Users publicizing an event must state who is sponsoring the event and include the location, time, and date of the event. Advertising on College bulletin boards for the event must be cleared with the SLIC Office.

    See also, Centralia College Policy Handbook 1.055 Commercial Use Centralia College Policy Handbook 1.240 Limitations of Room Rental for Political Activity

    [Reviewed and Approved: Institutional Effectiveness and Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, President, 05/03/17]

 

(WAC 132L-300-010)

Centralia College ("College") provides equal opportunity and access in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendment Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and Washington State's Law Against Discrimination, Chapter 49.60 RCW and their implementing regulations. The business hours for Centralia College are posted on the Centralia College website. 

The College has enacted policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment of members of these protected classes. Any individual found to be in violation of these policies will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College or from employment.

[Reviewed and Revised: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 8/27/2015]

Number: 1.136 Legal Authority: Title IX
Title: Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Policy and Procedure Implementation Date: 8-27-2015 
Contact: Vice President Student Services Revisions: 10-7-2020

Centralia College recognizes its responsibility for investigation, resolution, implementation of corrective measures, and monitoring the educational environment and workplace to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendment Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and Washington State’s Law Against Discrimination, Chapter 49.60 RCW and their implementing regulations.  To this end, Centralia College has enacted policies prohibiting discrimination against and harassment of members of these protected classes. Any individual found to be in violation of these policies will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College or from employment. 

DEFINITIONS

  • Complainant: employee(s), applicant(s), student(s), or visitors(s) of Centralia College who alleges that she or he has been subjected to discrimination or harassment due to their membership in a protected class.
  • Complaint: a description of facts that allege violation of the College’s policy against discrimination or harassment.
  • Consent: knowing, voluntary and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.  Each party has the responsibility to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity.  For consent to be valid, there must be at the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.
    • A person cannot consent if he or she is unable to understand what is happening or is disoriented, helpless, asleep or unconscious for any reason, including due to alcohol or other drugs. An individual who engages in sexual activity when the individual knows, or should know, that the other person is physically or mentally incapacitated has engaged in nonconsensual conduct.
    • Intoxication is not a defense against allegations that an individual has engaged in nonconsensual sexual conduct.
  • Discrimination: unfavorable treatment of a person based on that person’s membership or perceived membership in a protected class.  Harassment is a form of discrimination.
  • Harassment: a form of discrimination consisting of physical or verbal conduct that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual because of their membership in a protected class or their perceived membership in a protected class.  Harassment occurs when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the effect of altering the terms or conditions of employment or substantially limiting the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational and/or social programs including student housing.  Petty slights, annoyances, offensive utterances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) typically do not qualify as harassment. Examples of conduct that could rise to the level of discriminatory harassment include but are not limited to the following:
    • Epithets, "jokes," ridicule, mockery or other offensive or derogatory conduct focused upon an individual's membership in a protected class.
    • Verbal or physical threats of violence or physical contact directed towards an individual based upon their membership in a protected class.
    • Making, posting, emailing, texting, or otherwise circulating demeaning or offensive pictures, cartoons, graffiti, notes or other materials that relate to race, ethnic origin, gender or any other protected class.
  • Protected Class: persons who are protected under state or federal civil rights laws, including laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal
  • Resolution: the means by which the complaint is finally addressed.  This may be accomplished through informal or formal processes, including counseling, mediation, or the formal imposition of discipline sanction.
  • Respondent: person or persons who are members of the campus community who allegedly discriminated against or harassed another person or persons.
  • Sexual Harassment: a form of discrimination consisting of unwelcome, gender-based verbal, written, electronic and/or physical conduct.  Sexual harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's gender.  There are two types of sexual harassment.
  • Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment occurs when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the effect of altering the terms or conditions of employment or substantially limiting the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational and/or social programs including student housing.
  • Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment occurs when an individual in a position of real or perceived authority, conditions the receipt of a benefit upon granting of sexual favors.
    • Examples of conduct that may qualify as sexual harassment include:
      • Persistent comments or questions of a sexual nature.
      • A supervisor who gives an employee a raise in exchange for submitting to sexual advances.
      • An instructor who promises a student a better grade in exchange for sexual favors.
      • Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes.
      • Unwelcome touching, patting, hugging, kissing, or brushing against an individual's body.
      • Remarks of a sexual nature about an individual's clothing, body, or speculations about previous sexual experiences.
      • Persistent, unwanted attempts to change a professional relationship to an amorous relationship.
      • Direct or indirect propositions for sexual activity.
      • Unwelcome letters, emails, texts, telephone calls, or other communications referring to or depicting sexual activities.
  • Sexual Violence: is a type of sexual discrimination and harassment that includes:
    • Nonconsensual sexual intercourse. Any actual or attempted sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object or body part, by a person upon another person, that is without Consent and/or by force.  Sexual intercourse includes anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger, or object, or oral copulation by mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact.
    • Nonconsensual sexual contact. Any actual or attempted sexual touching, however slight, with any body part or object, by a person upon another person that is without Consent and/or by force.  Sexual touching includes any bodily contact with the breasts, groin, mouth, or other bodily orifice of another individual, or any other bodily contact in a sexual manner.
    • Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a person known to be related to them, either legitimately or illegitimately, as an ancestor, descendant, brother, or sister of either wholly or half related.   Descendant includes stepchildren, and adopted children under the age of eighteen (18).
    • Statutory Rape. Consensual intercourse between a person who is eighteen (18) years of age or older, and a person who is under the age of sixteen (16).
  • Domestic violence. Physical violence, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking committed by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of State of Washington, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Washington, RCW 26.50.010.
  • Dating violence, Physical violence, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking committed by a person (i) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (ii) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
    • The length of the relationship;
    • The type of relationship; and
    • The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
  • Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (i) fear for their safety or the safety of others; or (ii) suffer substantial emotional distress.

 

TITLE IX/EEO COORDINATOR

Name: Robert Cox
Title: Title IX / EEO Coordinator
Office: TAC 210 Contact info: 360-623-8385.
The Title IX / EEO Coordinator or designee:

  • Will accept all complaints and referrals from College employees, applicants, students, and visitors.
  • Will make determinations regarding how to handle requests by complainants for confidentiality.
  • Will keep accurate records of all complaints and referrals for the required time period.
  • May conduct investigations or delegate and oversee investigations conducted by a designee.
  • May impose interim remedial measures to protect parties during investigations of discrimination or harassment.
  • Will issue written findings and recommendations upon completion of an investigation.
  • May recommend specific corrective measures to stop, remediate, and prevent the recurrence of inappropriate conduct.

 

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT

Any employee, applicant, student or visitor of the College may file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator.  If the complaint is against that Coordinator, the complainant should report the matter to the president’s office for referral to an alternate designee.  Complaints may be submitted in writing or verbally.  The College encourages the timely reporting of any incidents of discrimination or harassment.  For complainants who wish to submit a written complaint, a formal complaint form is available online at https://www.centralia.edu/about/policies/student-complaints.aspx .  Hardcopies of the complaint form are available at the following locations on campus: Presidents Office, Human Resources Office, and the Vice President of Student Services Office. Any person submitting a discrimination complaint shall be provided with a written copy of the College’s anti-discrimination policies and procedures. 

CONFIDENTIALITY AND RIGHT TO PRIVACY

Centralia College will seek to protect the privacy of the complainant to the full extent possible, consistent with the legal obligation to investigate, take appropriate remedial and/or disciplinary action, and comply with the federal and state law, as well as Centralia College policies and procedures.  Although Centralia College will attempt to honor complainants’ requests for confidentiality, it cannot guarantee complete confidentiality.  Determinations regarding how to handle requests for confidentiality will be made by the Title IX / EEO Coordinator.

Confidentiality Requests and Sexual Violence Complaints. The Title IX / EEO Coordinator will inform and obtain consent from the complainant before commencing an investigation into a sexual violence complaint.  If a sexual violence complainant asks that their name not be revealed to the respondent or that the College not investigate the allegation, the Title IX / EEO Coordinator will inform the complainant that maintaining confidentiality may limit the college’s ability to fully respond to the allegations and that retaliation by the respondent and/or others is prohibited.  If the complainant still insists that their name not be disclosed or that the College not investigate, the Title IX /EEO Coordinator will determine whether the College can honor the request and at the same time maintain a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all members of the college community, including the complainant.  Factors to be weighed during this determination may include, but are not limited to:

  • the seriousness of the alleged sexual violence;
  • the age of the complainant;
  • whether the sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon;
  • whether the respondent has a history of committing acts of sexual violence or violence or has been the subject of other sexual violence complaints whether the respondent threatened to commit additional acts of sexual violence against the complainant or others; and
  • whether relevant evidence can be obtained through other means (e.g., security cameras, other witnesses, physical evidence).

If the College is unable to honor a complainant’s request for confidentiality, the Title IX / EEO Coordinator will notify the complainant of the decision and ensure that complainant’s identity is disclosed only to the extent reasonably necessary to effectively conduct and complete the investigation.

If the College decides not to conduct an investigation or take disciplinary action because of a request for confidentiality, the Title IX / EEO Coordinator will evaluate whether other measures are available to limit the effects of the harassment and prevent its recurrence and implement such measures if reasonably feasible. 

INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE 

Upon receiving a discrimination complaint, the College shall commence an impartial investigation.  The Title IX / EEO Coordinator shall be responsible for overseeing all investigations.  Investigations may be conducted by the Title IX / EEO Coordinator or their designee.    If the investigation is assigned to someone other than the Title IX /EEO Coordinator, the Title IX / EEO Coordinator shall inform the complainant and respondent(s) of the appointment of an investigator.

Interim Measures.  The Title IX / EEO Coordinator may impose interim measures to protect the complainant and/or respondent pending the conclusion of the investigation.  Interim measures may include, but are not limited to, imposition of no contact orders, rescheduling classes, temporary work reassignments, referrals for counseling or medical assistance, and imposition of a summary suspension in compliance with the College’s student conduct code or an administrative leave of absence in compliance with the College’s employment policies and collective bargaining agreements.

Informal Dispute Resolution.  Informal dispute resolution processes, like mediation, may be used to resolve complaints, when appropriate.  Informal dispute resolution shall not be used to resolve sexual discrimination complaints without written permission from both the complainant and the respondent.  If the parties elect to mediate a dispute, either party shall be free to discontinue mediation at any time.  In no event shall mediation be used to resolve complaints involving allegations of sexual violence.

Investigation.  Complaints shall be thoroughly and impartially investigated.  The investigation shall include, but is not limited to, interviewing the complainant and the respondent, relevant witnesses, and reviewing relevant documents.  The investigation shall be concluded within a reasonable time, normally ninety days unless there is good cause shown.  Good cause includes, but is not limited to, College breaks and holidays. If it appears completion of the investigation will take longer than ninety days, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator will notify the parties, describe the reasons for the delay, and provide an estimated time for completing the investigation.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator shall set forth their findings in writing. If the investigator is someone other than the Title IX / EEO Coordinator, the investigator shall send a copy of the findings to the Title IX / EEO Coordinator. 

The Title IX / EEO Coordinator will provide each party and the appropriate student services administrator or appointing authority with written notice of the investigative findings, subject to the following limitations.  The complainant shall be informed in writing of the findings only to the extent that such findings directly related to the complainant’s allegations.  The complainant may be notified generally that the matter has been referred for disciplinary action.  The respondent shall be informed in writing of the findings and of actions taken or recommended to resolve the complaint and shall be notified of referrals for disciplinary action.  Both the complainant and the respondent are entitled to review the investigative findings subject to any FERPA confidentiality requirements. 

Final Decision/Reconsideration.  Either the complainant or the respondent may seek reconsideration of the investigation findings.  Requests for reconsideration shall be submitted in writing to the Title IX / EEO Coordinator within seven days of receiving the investigation report.  Requests must specify which portion of the findings should be reconsidered and the basis for reconsideration.  If no request for reconsideration is received within seven days, the findings become final. If a request for reconsideration is received, the Title IX / EEO Coordinator shall respond within ten (10) days.  The Title IX / EEO Coordinator shall either deny the request or, if the Title IX / EEO Coordinator determines that the request for reconsideration has merit, issue amended findings.  Any amended findings are final and no further reconsideration is available.

PUBLICATION OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The policies and procedures regarding complaints of discrimination and harassment shall be published and distributed as determined by the president or president's designee.  Any person who believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination in violation of College policy will be provided a copy of these policies and procedures. 

LIMITS TO AUTHORITY

Nothing in this procedure shall prevent the College President or designee from taking immediate disciplinary action in accordance with Centralia College policies and procedures, and federal, state, and municipal rules and regulations.

NON-RETALIATION, INTIMIDATION AND COERCION

Retaliation by, for or against any participant (including complainant, respondent, witness, Title IX / EEO Coordinator, or investigator) is expressly prohibited.  Retaliatory action of any kind taken against individuals as a result of seeking redress under the applicable procedures or serving as a witness in a subsequent investigation or any resulting disciplinary proceedings is prohibited and is conduct subject to discipline.  Any person who thinks he/she has been the victim of retaliation should contact the Title IX / EEO Coordinator immediately.

CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS

Discriminatory or harassing conduct may also be, or occur in conjunction with, criminal conduct.  Criminal complaints may be filed with the following law enforcement authorities:

The Centralia Police Department can be reached at 360-330-7680 and the Lewis County Sheriffs Office can be reached at 360-748-9286.

The College will proceed with an investigation of harassment and discrimination complaints regardless of whether the underlying conduct is subject to civil or criminal prosecution.

OTHER DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT OPTIONS

Discrimination complaints may also be filed with the following federal and state agencies:

Washington State Human Rights Commission, http://www.hum.wa.gov/index.html

US Dept of Education Office for Civil Rights, http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, http://www.eeoc.gov/

 

Number: 1.137 Legal Authority: WAC 132L-108
Title: Employee Disciplinary Hearing Implementation Date: 10-7-2020
Contact: Vice President Student Services Revisions:  

 

ORDER OF PRECEDENCE

This supplemental employee discipline procedure applies to allegations of Sexual Harassment subject to Title IX jurisdiction pursuant to regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Education. See 34 C.F.R. § 106. Disciplinary proceedings against an employee respondent alleged to have engaged in sexual harassment in violation of Title IX shall be governed by Centralia College’s administrative hearing practices and procedures, Chapter WAC 132L-108 and this supplemental hearing procedure. To the extent the supplemental hearing procedure conflicts with WAC 132L-108 and/or provisions set forth in employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, employee handbooks, and other college employment policies and procedures, this supplemental hearing procedure will take precedence.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Respondent is a tenured or probationary faculty member and the Vice President of Human Resources determines that the allegations in the investigation, if true, would warrant Respondent’s dismissal from the College, the Vice President of Human Resources will refer the matter to the Tenure Dismissal Committee for a hearing pursuant to RCW 28B.50.863 and applicable procedures set forth in the faculty union Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). To the extent the Tenure Dismissal Committee procedures are inconsistent or conflict with Sections II through VII of this Supplement Procedure, those Supplemental Procedure sections will prevail. At the end of the hearing, the Tenure Dismissal Committee will issue a Recommendation consistent with the provisions set forth in Section VIII. Complainant shall have the same right to appear and participate in the proceedings as the Respondent, including the right to present their position on the Recommendation to the Vice President of Instruction or Student Services, depending on the faculty member involved, before final action is taken.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT UNDER TITLE IX

Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681, the College may impose disciplinary sanctions against an employee who commits, attempts to commit, or aids, abets, incites, encourages, or assists another person to commit, an act(s) of “sexual harassment.”

For purposes of this supplemental procedure, “Sexual Harassment” encompasses the following conduct:

  • Nonconsensual sexual contact. Any actual or attempted sexual touching, however slight, with any body part or object, by a person upon another person that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual touching includes any bodily contact with the breasts, groin, mouth, or other bodily orifice of another individual, or any other bodily contact in a sexual manner.
  • Nonconsensual sexual intercourse. Any actual or attempted sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object or body part, by a person upon another person, that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual intercourse includes anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger, or object, or oral copulation by mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact.
  • Sexual assault. Sexual assault includes the following conduct:     
    • Hostile environment. Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the college’s educational programs or activities, or employment.
    • Quid pro quo harassment. A college employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the college on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
    • Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a person known to be related to them, either legitimately or illegitimately, as an ancestor, descendant, brother, or sister of either wholly or half related. Descendant includes stepchildren and adopted children under the age of eighteen (18).
    • Statutory rape. Consensual sexual intercourse between someone who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and someone who is under the age of sixteen (16).
  • Domestic Violence:  Domestic violence. Physical violence, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking committed by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Washington, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Washington, RCW 26.50.010.
  • Dating violence: Physical violence, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking committed by a person (i) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (ii) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
    • The length of the relationship;
    • The type of relationship; and
    • The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationshiip.
  • Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.

TITLE IX JURISDICTION

This supplemental procedure applies only if the alleged misconduct:

  • Occurred in the United States;
  • Occurred during a college educational program or activity; and
  • Meets the definition of Sexual Harassment as that term is defined in this supplemental procedure.    

For purposes of this supplemental procedure, an “educational program or activity” is defined as locations, events, or circumstances over which the college exercised substantial control over both the Respondent and the context in which the alleged Sexual Harassment occurred. This definition includes any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the college.

Proceedings under this supplemental procedure must be dismissed if the Vice President of Instruction or Student Services determines that one or all of the requirements of Section A (1)-(3) have not been met. Dismissal under this supplemental procedure does not prohibit the College from pursuing disciplinary action against a Respondent based on allegations that the Respondent engaged in other misconduct prohibited by federal or state law, employment contracts or handbooks, or other College policies.

If the Vice President of Human Resources determines the facts in the investigation report are not sufficient to support Title IX jurisdiction and/or pursuit of a Title IX violation, the Vice President of Human resources will issue a notice of dismissal in whole or part to both parties explaining why some or all of the Title IX claims have been dismissed.

INITIATION OF DISCIPLINE

Upon receiving the Title IX investigation report from the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, Vice President of Human Resources will independently review the report to determine whether there are sufficient grounds to pursue a disciplinary action against the Respondent for engaging in prohibited conduct under Title IX.

If the Vice President of Human Resources determines that there are sufficient grounds to proceed under these supplemental procedures, the Vice President of Human Resources will initiate a Title IX disciplinary proceeding by filing a written disciplinary notice with the Vice President of Instruction or Student Services and by serving the notice on the Respondent and the Complainant, and their respective advisors. The notice must:

  • Set forth the basis for Title IX jurisdiction;
  • Identify the alleged Title IX violation(s);
  • Set forth the facts underlying the allegation(s);
  • Identify the range of possible sanctions that may be imposed if the Respondent is found responsible for the alleged violation(s);
  • Explain that each Party is entitled to be accompanied by an Advisor of their own choosing during the hearing and that:
  • Advisors will be responsible for questioning all witnesses on the Party’s behalf;
  • An Advisor may be an attorney and/or, if the Party is a represented employee, a union representative;
  • A represented employee who chooses an Advisor who is not a union representative must submit a signed waiver of union representation that includes consent from the union; and
  • The College will appoint the Party an Advisor of the College’s choosing at no cost to the Party, if the Party fails to choose an Advisor; and
  • Explain that if a Party fails to appear at the hearing, a decision of responsibility may be made in the Party’s absence.

Service of the disciplinary notice or any other document required to be served under this supplemental procedure may be done personally or by first class, registered, or certified mail, or by electronic mail to the Party’s College  email address.

PRE-HEARING PROCEDURE

Upon receiving the disciplinary notice, the Vice President of Instruction or Student Services will send a hearing notice to all parties in compliance with WAC 10-08-040. The hearing date may not be scheduled less than ten (10) days after the Title IX Coordinator provided the Final Investigation Report to the Parties.

A Party is entitled to be accompanied by an Advisor of their choice during the disciplinary process at the party’s own expense. The Advisor may be an attorney and/or, if the Party is a represented employee, a union representative.

  • If the Advisor is an attorney, the Advisor must file a notice of appearance with the Vice President of Instruction or Student Services with copies to all parties and the Vice President of Human Resources at least five (5) days before the hearing. If a notice of appearance is not filed within this timeframe, the Party will be deemed to have waived their right to have an attorney as an Advisor.
  • If a Party is a represented employee who chooses not to use a union-provided Advisor, the Party must provide the Vice President of Instruction or Student Services with a signed waiver of union representation, including written consent from the union.

In preparation for the hearing, the Parties will have equal access to all evidence gathered by the investigator during the investigation, regardless of whether the College intends to offer the evidence at the hearing.

RIGHTS OF PARTIES

The provisions of this supplemental procedure shall apply equally to both parties.            

The College bears the burden of offering and presenting sufficient testimony and evidence to establish that the Respondent is responsible for a Title IX violation by a preponderance of the evidence.

The Respondent will be presumed not responsible until such time as the disciplinary process has been finally resolved.

During the hearing, each Party shall be represented by an Advisor. The Parties are entitled to an Advisor of their own choosing and the Advisor may be an attorney or, if the Respondent holds a represented position, a union representative. If a party does not choose an Advisor, then the Title IX Coordinator will appoint an Advisor of the College‘s choosing on the Party’s behalf at no expense to the Party.

EVIDENCE

The introduction and consideration of evidence during the hearing is subject to the following procedures and restrictions:

Relevance: The Committee Chair shall review all questions for relevance and shall explain on the record their reasons for excluding any question based on lack of relevance.

Relevance means that information elicited by the question makes a fact is dispute more or less likely to be true.

Questions or evidence about a Complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant and must be excluded, unless such question or evidence:

  • Is asked or offered to prove someone other than the Respondent committed the alleged misconduct; or
  • Concerns specific incidents of prior sexual behavior between the Complainant and the Respondent, which are asked or offered on the issue of consent.

Cross-examination required: If a Party or witness does not submit to cross-examination during the live hearing, the Vice President of Instruction or Student Services must not rely on any statement by that Party or witness in reaching a determination of responsibility.

No negative inference: The Vice President of Instruction or Student Services may not make an inference regarding responsibility solely on a witness’s or party’s absence from the hearing or refusal to answer questions.

Privileged evidence: The Vice President of Instruction or Student Services shall not consider legally privileged information unless the holder has effectively waived the privilege. Privileged information includes, but is not limited to, information protected by the following:

  • Spousal/domestic partner privilege;
  • Attorney-Client and attorney work product privileges;
  • Privileges applicable to members of the clergy and priests;
  • Privileges applicable to medical providers, mental health therapists, and counsellors;
  • Privileges applicable to sexual assault and domestic violence advocates; and
  • Other legal privileges identified in RCW 5.60.060.

Initial Order

The Vice President of Instruction or Student Services will be responsible for drafting an Initial Order that:

  • Identifies the allegations of sexual harassment;
  • Describes the grievance and disciplinary procedures, starting with filing of the formal complaint through the determination of responsibility, including notices to parties, interviews with witnesses and parties, site visits, methods used to gather evidence, and hearings held;
  • Makes findings of fact supporting the determination of responsibility;
  • Reaches conclusions as to whether the facts establish whether the Respondent is responsible for engaging in Sexual Harassment in violation of Title IX;
  • Contains a statement of, and rationale for, the Committee’s determination of responsibility for each allegation;
  • Describes any disciplinary sanction or conditions imposed against the Respondent, if any;
  • Describes to what extent, if any, Complainant is entitled to remedies designed to restore or preserve Complainant’s equal access to the College’s education programs or activities; and
  • Describes the process for appealing the Initial Order to the College President.

The Vice President of Instruction or Student Services will serve the Initial Order on the Parties simultaneously.

Appeals

The Parties have the right to appeal from the determination of responsibility and/or from a Title IX dismissal, in whole or part, of a formal complaint, as set forth in the Initial Order. To the extent they are consistent with the provisions of this Procedure, the right to appeal is subject to the same procedures and timeframes set forth in WAC 132L-351-280.

The President or the President’s delegate will determine whether the grounds for appeal have merit, provide the rationale for this conclusion, and state whether the disciplinary sanctions and conditions imposed in the Initial Order are affirmed, vacated, or amended, and, if amended, set forth the new disciplinary sanctions and conditions.

The President’s Office shall serve the Final Decision on the parties simultaneously.

All decisions reached through this process are final. No decisions or recommendations arising from this disciplinary procedure will be subject to grievance pursuant to any Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Number: 1.138 Legal Authority: Title IX
Title: Title IX Grievance Investigation Implementation Date: 10-7-2020
Contact: Vice President Student Services Revisions:  

 

Purpose

Centralia College recognizes its responsibility to investigate, resolve, implement corrective measures, and monitor the educational environment and workplace to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination on the basis of sex, as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 To this end, Centralia College has adopted the following Title IX Grievance Procedure for receiving and investigating Sexual Harassment allegations arising during education programs and activities. Any individual found responsible for violating Centralia College’s Title IX policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College’s educational programs and activities and/or termination of employment.

Application of this Title IX Grievance Procedure is restricted to allegations of “Sexual Harassment,” as that term is defined in 34 C.F.R. §106.30 of the federal Title IX regulations. Nothing in this procedure limits or otherwise restricts the College’s ability to investigate and pursue discipline based on alleged violations of other federal, state, and local laws, their implementing regulations, and other college policies prohibiting gender discrimination through processes set forth in the College’s code of student conduct, employment contracts, employee handbooks, policies, and collective bargaining agreements.

Definitions

For purposes of this Title IX Grievance Procedure, the following terms are defined as follows:

“Complainant” means and individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute Sexual Harassment.

“Consent” means knowing, voluntary, and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Each party has the responsibility to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be valid, there must be at the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.

A person cannot consent if they are unable to understand what is happening or are disoriented, helpless, asleep, or unconscious for any reason, including due to alcohol or other drugs. An individual who engages in sexual activity when the individual knows, or should know, that the other person is physically or mentally incapacitated has engaged in nonconsensual conduct.

Intoxication is not a defense against allegations that an individual has engaged in nonconsensual sexual conduct.

“Educational Program or Activity” includes locations, events, or circumstances over which the College exercised substantial control over both the Respondent and the context in which the alleged Sexual Harassment occurred. It also includes any building owned or controlled by a student organization officially recognized by the College.

“Formal Complaint” means a writing submitted by the Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging Sexual Harassment against a Respondent and requesting that the College conduct an Investigation.

“Grievance Procedure” is the process the College uses to initiate, informally resolve, and/or investigate allegations that an employee or student has violated Title IX provisions prohibiting sexual harassment.

 “Respondent” means an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute Sexual Harassment.

 “Sexual Harassment,” for purposes of these Title IX Grievance Procedures, Sexual Harassment occurs when a Respondent engages in the following discriminatory conduct on the basis of sex:

 Quid pro quo harassment. A College employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the College on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.

Hostile environment. Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the College’s educational programs or activities or College employment.

Sexual assault. Sexual assault includes the following conduct:

  • Nonconsensual sexual intercourse. Any actual or attempted sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object or body part, by a person upon another person, that is without Consent and/or by force. Sexual intercourse includes anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger, or object, or oral copulation by mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact.
  • Nonconsensual sexual contact. Any actual or attempted sexual touching, however slight, with any body part or object, by a person upon another person that is without Consent and/or by force. Sexual touching includes any bodily contact with the breasts, groin, mouth, or other bodily orifice of another individual, or any other bodily contact in a sexual manner.
  • Incest. Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a person known to be related to them, either legitimately or illegitimately, as an ancestor, descendant, brother, or sister of either wholly or half related. Descendant includes stepchildren, and adopted children under the age of eighteen (18).
  • Statutory rape. Consensual intercourse between a person who is eighteen (18) years of age or older, and a person who is under the age of sixteen (16).
  • Domestic violence. Physical violence, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking committed by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Washington, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the State of Washington, RCW 26.50.010.
  • Dating violence. Physical violence, bodily injury, assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, sexual assault, or stalking committed by a person (i) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (ii) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
    • The length of the relationship;
    • The type of relationship; and
    • The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
  • Stalking. Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (i) fear for their safety or the safety of others; or (ii) suffer substantial emotional distress.

“Summary Suspension” means an emergency suspension of a student Respondent pending investigation and resolution of disciplinary proceedings pursuant to the procedure and standards set forth in WAC 132L-351-100.

“Supportive Measures” are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the Complainant or Respondent regardless of whether the Complainant or the Title IX Coordinator has filed a Formal Complaint. Supportive Measures restore or preserve a party’s access to the College’s education programs and activities without unreasonably burdening the other party, as determined through an interactive process between the Title IX Coordinator and the party. Supportive Measures include measures designed to protect the safety of all parties and/or the College’s educational environment and/or to deter Sexual Harassment or retaliation. Supportive measures may include, but are not limited to, (i) counseling and other medical assistance, (ii) extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments, (iii) modifications of work or class schedules, (iv) leaves of absence, (v) increased security or monitoring of certain areas of campus, and (vi) imposition of orders prohibiting the parties from contacting one another in housing or work situations. Determinations about whether to impose a one-way no contact order must be made on a case-by-case basis. If supportive measures are not provided, the Title IX Coordinator must document in writing why this was clearly reasonable under the circumstances.

Title IX Administrators” are the Title IX Coordinator, Title IX investigators, the Student Conduct Officer, Student Conduct Committee members, and College provided advisors assigned to the parties by the College during Title IX disciplinary proceedings.

“Title IX Coordinator” is responsible for processing Title IX complaints and conducting and/or overseeing formal investigations and informal resolution processes under this Grievance Procedure. Among other things, the Title IX Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Accepting and processing all Title IX reports, referrals, and Formal Complaints.
  • Executing and submitting a Formal Complaint when appropriate and necessary.
  • Handling requests for confidentiality.
  • Determining during the Grievance Procedure (i) whether a Formal Complaint should be dismissed either in whole or in part, and if so, (ii) providing notice to both parties about why dismissal was necessary or desirable, and (iii) referring the complaint to the appropriate disciplinary authority for proceedings outside the jurisdiction of Title IX.
  • Maintaining accurate records of all complaints, reports, and referrals, and retaining investigation files, complaints, reports, and referrals in compliance with the applicable records retention schedules or federal or state law, whichever is longer.
  • Conducting investigations or assigning and overseeing investigations.
  • Engaging in an interactive process with both parties to identify and provide supportive measures that ensure during the investigation and disciplinary processes that the parties have equitable access to education programs and activities and are protected from further discrimination or retaliation.
  • Upon completion of an investigation, issuing or overseeing the issuance of a final investigation report to the parties and the appropriate disciplinary authority in compliance with this Grievance Procedure.
  • Recommending non-disciplinary corrective measures to stop, remediate, and/or prevent recurrence of discriminatory conduct to disciplinary authorities and other College administrators.

Principles for Title IX Grievance Procedure

Respondent shall be presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct unless or until a determination of responsibility is reached after completion of the grievance and disciplinary processes.

Before imposing discipline, the College is responsible for gathering and presenting evidence to a neutral and unbiased decision maker establishing responsibility for a Title IX violation by a preponderance of the evidence.

The College shall treat both the Complainant and Respondent equitably by providing Complainant with remedies against Respondent who has been found responsible for Sexual Harassment through application of the institution’s Title IX grievance and applicable Title IX disciplinary procedures and by providing Respondent with Title IX procedural safeguards contained in this Title IX Grievance Procedures and in the applicable Title IX disciplinary procedures.

The investigator shall base investigation results on all relevant evidence, including both exculpatory and inculpatory evidence.

Formal and informal resolutions will be pursued within reasonably prompt timeframes with allowances for temporary delays and extensions for good cause shown. Grounds for temporary delay include, but are not limited to college breaks or holidays. Good cause supporting a request for an extension includes, but is not limited to: a party, a party’s advisor, or a witness being unavailable, concurrent law enforcement activity, and the need for language assistance or accommodation of disabilities. Both parties will receive written notice of any temporary delay or extension for good cause with an explanation of why the action was necessary.

A Respondent found responsible for engaging in Sexual Harassment may receive discipline up to and including dismissal from the College. A description of other possible disciplinary sanctions and conditions that may be imposed against students can be found in WAC 132L-351-045.

An employee found responsible for Sexual Harassment may receive discipline up to and including dismissal from employment. A description of possible disciplinary sanctions and conditions that may be imposed against employees can be found in the appropriate bargaining agreements.

In proceedings against a student Respondent, the parties may appeal the Student Conduct Committee’s ruling to the President pursuant to WAC 132L-351-090 and Supplement Title IX Student Conduct Code Procedures, WAC 132L-351-280.

In proceedings against an employee Respondent, the parties may appeal the Employee Disciplinary Decision to the President pursuant policy 1.138. Title IX Administrators may not require, allow, rely upon, or otherwise use questions or evidence that seeks disclosure of privileged communications, unless the privilege has been effectively waived by the holder. This provision applies, but is not limited to information subject to the following:

  • Spousal/domestic partner privilege;
  • Attorney-Client and attorney work product privileges;
  • Privileges applicable to members of the clergy and priests;
  • Privileges applicable to medical providers, mental health therapists, and counsellors;
  • Privileges applicable to sexual assault and domestic violence advocates; and
  • Other legal privileges identified in RCW 5.60.060.

Title IX Administrators – Free from bias – Training requirements

Title IX Administrators shall perform their duties free from bias or conflicts.

Title IX Administrators shall undergo training on the following topics:

  • The definition of Sexual Harassment under these procedures,
  • The scope of the College’s educational programs and activities,
  • How to conduct an investigation,
  • How to serve impartially without prejudgment of facts, conflicts of interest, or bias,
  • Use of technology used during an investigation or hearing,
  • The relevance of evidence and questions, and
  • Effective report writing.
  • All Title IX Administrator training materials shall be available on the College’s Title IX webpage.

Filing a Complaint

Any employee, student, applicant, or visitor who believes that they have been the subject of Sexual Harassment should report the incident or incidents to the College’s Title IX Coordinator identified below. If the complaint is against the Title IX Coordinator, the Complainant should report the matter to the President’s office for referral to an alternate designee.

Name: Robert Cox

Title: Title IX Coordinator

Office: Vice President of Student Services Office, TAC 210.

Confidentiality

The College will seek to protect the privacy of the Complainant to the fullest extent possible, consistent with the legal obligation to investigate, take appropriate remedial and/or disciplinary action, and comply with the federal and state law, as well as College policies and procedures. Although the College will attempt to honor Complainants' requests for confidentiality, it cannot guarantee complete confidentiality. Determinations regarding how to handle requests for confidentiality will be made by the Title IX Coordinator.

The Title IX Coordinator will inform and attempt to obtain consent from the Complainant before commencing an investigation of alleged Sexual Harassment. If a Complainant asks that their name not be revealed to the Respondent or that the College not investigate the allegation, the Title IX Coordinator will inform the Complainant that maintaining confidentiality may limit the College’s ability to fully respond to the allegations and that retaliation by the Respondent and/or others is prohibited. If the Complainant still insists that their name not be disclosed or that the College not investigate, the Title IX Coordinator will determine whether the College can honor the request and at the same time maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all members of the College community, including the Complainant. Factors to be weighed during this determination may include, but are not limited to:

  • The seriousness of the alleged Sexual Harassment;
  • The age of the Complainant;
  • Whether the Sexual Harassment was perpetrated with a weapon;
  • Whether the Respondent has a history of committing acts of Sexual Harassment or violence or has been the subject of other Sexual Harassment or violence complaints or findings;
  • Whether the Respondent threatened to commit additional acts of Sexual Harassment or violence against the Complainant or others; and
  • Whether relevant evidence about the alleged incident can be obtained through other means (g., security cameras, other witnesses, physical evidence).
  • If the College is unable to honor a Complainant’s request for confidentiality, the Title IX Coordinator will notify the Complainant of the decision and ensure that Complainant’s identity is disclosed only to the extent reasonably necessary to effectively conduct and complete the investigation in compliance with this Grievance Procedure.
  • If the College decides not to conduct an investigation or take disciplinary action because of a request for confidentiality, the Title IX Coordinator will evaluate whether other measures are available to address the circumstances giving rise to the complaint and prevent their recurrence, and implement such measures if reasonably feasible.

Complaint Resolution

The Title IX resolution processes are initiated when the Title IX Coordinator’s Office receives a written complaint alleging that a Respondent(s) sexually harassed a Complainant and requesting that the College initiate an investigation (a Formal Complaint). A Formal Complaint must be either submitted by the Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator on behalf of the Complainant. Formal complaints submitted to the Title IX Coordinator may be resolved through either informal or formal resolution processes. The College will not proceed with either resolution process without a Formal Complaint.

For purposes of this Title IX Grievance Procedure, the Complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in a College education program or activity at the time the Formal Complaint is filed.

  1. Informal Resolution:

Under appropriate circumstances and if the impacted and responding parties agree, they may voluntarily pursue informal resolution during the investigation of a concern. Informal resolution is not appropriate when the allegations involve a mandatory reporting situation, an immediate threat to the health, safety or welfare of a member of the College community, or in cases where an employee is alleged to have sexually harassed a student.

If an informal resolution is appropriate, the impacted party and the responding party may explore remedies or resolution through:

  • Guided conversations or communications conducted by the Title IX coordinator / HRO representative or a mutually agreed upon third party;
  • Structured resolution process conducted by a trained mediator; or
  • Voluntarily agreed on alterations to either or both of the parties’ work or class schedules or student housing arrangements.

If the parties agree to an informal resolution process, the College will commence the process within 10 business days after the parties agree to this option and conclude within 15 business days of beginning that process; subject to reasonably delays and extensions for good cause shown. The informal process is voluntary. Either the impacted or responding party may withdraw from the informal resolution process at any time, at which point the formal investigation process will resume.

If the impacted and responding party voluntarily resolve a report, the College will record the terms of the resolution in a written agreement signed by both parties and provide written notice to both parties that the report has been closed.

  1. Formal Resolution

Formal resolution means that the Complainant’s allegations of Sexual Harassment will be subjected to a formal investigation by an impartial and unbiased investigator. The investigator will issue a report of the investigation findings. Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator will submit the final investigation report to the appropriate disciplinary authority to determine whether disciplinary proceedings are warranted.

Emergency Removal

If a student Respondent poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of the College Community or an immediate threat of significant disruption to College operations, the College’s student conduct officer may summarily suspend a Respondent pursuant to WAC 132L-351-100 pending final resolution of the allegations. Nothing in this Grievance Procedure prohibits the College from placing non‑student employees on administrative leave pending final resolution of the allegations.

Investigation Notices

Upon receiving a Formal Complaint and determining that allegations comport with Title IX claims, the College will provide the parties with the following notices containing the following information:

  • Notice of formal and informal resolution processes. A description of College’s grievance resolution procedures, including the informal resolution procedure.
  • The investigator will serve the Respondent and the Complainant with a Notice of Investigation in advance of the initial interview with the Respondent to allow the Respondent sufficient time to prepare a response to the allegations and to inform the Complainant that the College has commenced an investigation. The investigation notice will:
  • Include the identities of the parties (if known), a description of the conduct alleged constituting Title IX Sexual Harassment, and the time and location of the incident (if known).
    • Confirm that the Respondent is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct and that the College will not make a final determination of responsibility until after the grievance and disciplinary processes have been completed.
    • Inform parties that they are both entitled to have an advisor of their own choosing, who may be an attorney.
    • Inform parties they have a right to review and inspect evidence.
    • Inform parties about student conduct code provisions and employment policies that prohibit students and employees from knowingly submitting false information during the grievance and disciplinary processes.
  • Amended investigation notice. If during the course of the investigation, the College decides to investigate Title IX Sexual Harassment allegations about the Complainant or Respondent that are not included in the investigation notice, the college will issue an amended notice of investigation to both parties that includes this additional information.
  • Interview and meeting notices. Before any interviewing or meeting with a party about Title IX allegations, the College shall provide the party with a written notice identifying the date, time, location, participants, and purpose of the interview or meeting with sufficient time for the party to prepare for the interview or meeting.

Investigation Process - Dismissal

Mandatory dismissal. The Title IX Coordinator will dismiss the Title IX allegations, if during the course of a formal investigation under the Title IX Grievance Process, the investigator determines that the alleged misconduct in the Formal Complaint:

  • Does not meet the definition of Sexual Harassment under Title IX, even if proved; or
  • Did not occur in the context of a College Education Program or Activity; or
  • Occurred outside the United States.
  • Discretionary The College may dismiss a Title IX claim in whole or in part, if:
    • The Complainant notifies the Title IX Coordinator in writing that they would like to withdraw the Formal Complaint in whole or in part;
    • Respondent is no longer enrolled with or employed by College; or
    • Specific circumstances prevent the College from gathering evidence sufficient to complete the investigation of the Title IX allegations in whole or in part.
  • The Title IX Coordinator will provide both parties written notice if Title IX allegations are dismissed with an explanation for the dismissal.
  • Mandatory or discretionary dismissal of a Title IX claim does not preclude the College from investigating and pursuing discipline based on allegations that a Respondent violated other federal or state laws and regulations, College conduct policies, and/or other codes and contractual provisions governing student and employee conduct.

Investigation Process – Consolidation of Formal Complaints

When multiple Sexual Harassment allegations by or against different parties arise out of the same facts or circumstances, the College may consolidate the investigation of Formal Complaints, provided consolidation can be accomplished in compliance with confidentiality protections imposed by the Family Educational Records and Privacy Act (FERPA). This includes instances in which Complainant and Respondent have lodged Formal Complaints against one another or when allegations of sexual assault are lodged by a single Complainant against multiple Respondents, or when multiple Complainants lodge sexual assault complaints against single or multiple Respondents.

Investigation Process – Required Procedures

During the investigation, the Investigator:

  • Will provide the parties with equal opportunity to present relevant statements, and other evidence in the form of fact or expert witnesses and inculpatory or exculpatory evidence.
  • Will not restrict the ability of either party to discuss the allegations under investigation or gather and present relevant evidence, except when a no contact order has been imposed based on an individualized and fact specific determination that a party poses a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of another party and/or witnesses or when contact with a party and/or witness is prohibited by court order. A College imposed no contact shall be no broader than is necessary to protect the threatened party or witness and must provide the impacted party or their advisor with alternative means of gathering and presenting relevant evidence from the protected witness and/or party.
  • Will allow each party to be accompanied by an advisor of their choosing, who may be an attorney, to any grievance related meeting or interview. Advisors’ roles during the investigation meetings or interviews will be limited to providing support and advice to the party. Advisors will not represent or otherwise advocate on behalf of the parties during the investigation process. An attorney representing a party must enter a notice of appearance with the Title IX Coordinator and the Investigator at least five (5) days before the initial interview or meeting they plan to attend, so that the College can secure its own legal representation, if necessary.
  • The investigator will provide both parties and their respective advisors with an equal opportunity to review the draft investigation report and to inspect and review any evidence obtained during the investigation that is directly related to the allegations raised in the Formal Complaint, including inculpatory or exculpatory evidence, regardless of its source, as well as evidence upon which the investigator does not intend to rely in the final investigation report. After disclosure, each party will receive ten (10) days in which to submit a written response, which the investigator will consider prior to completion of the investigation report. If a party fails to submit a written response within ten (10) days, the party will be deemed to have waived their right to submit comments and the investigator will finalize the report without this information.
  • The investigator will forward the final report to the Title IX Coordinator, who will distribute the report and evidence to the parties, as well as the disciplinary authority responsible for determining whether pursuing disciplinary action is warranted.
Number: 1.140 Legal Authority: RCW 43.03.050
Title: Hosting Implementation Date: 9-21-2000
Contact: Vice President, Finance & AdminPresident’s Office Revisions: 8-25-14, 10-2-2019
 

Centralia College may provide coffee and light refreshments at a meeting where:

  • The purpose of the meeting is to conduct state business or to provide formal training that benefits the state.
  • The refreshment is an integral part of the meeting or training session.
  • The college obtains a receipt for the actual costs of the coffee and/or light refreshments.
  • The college must document the request and approval of expenditures for coffee and/or light refreshments.
  • Documentation should provide the names of the attendees and the purpose of the meeting.
  • Expenditures are subject to the limit per RCW 41.60.150.
Number: 1.150 Legal Authority:  
Title: Asset Inventory Implementation Date:  
Contact: Director, Central Services & Purchasing Revisions: 12-4-2019

The College will establish and utilize an appropriate system for inventorying and auditing fixed assets and adhering to set guidelines for setting useful life for assets.  The inventory system will include assets acquired through donation, purchase, gift, capital lease, or self-construction as identified in the State Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM). Additional items may also be included in the inventory if judged by the administrative services staff to be particularly at risk or vulnerable to loss.  A cycle for physically inventorying assets will be established in accordance with SAAM. This policy applies to all Centralia College staff, students and community members who utilize state resources. Please contact Central Services for further information and specific guidelines.

PRACTICE
Centralia College security is provided by a contracted agency that is coordinated through the coordinator of security (director of maintenance and construction projects) in the Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Office. The security service staff routinely patrol the campus every evening from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM Monday through Saturday and approximately 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Sunday evening. In addition, they are also contracted on a case-by-case basis to provide additional coverage for special events or emphasis patrols (smoking, skateboarding, dances, etc.) and when security is required to be present due to large amounts of money (during registration, surplus sales, etc.). The security patrol staff are not routinely on campus during the day and do not have arrest authority nor do they provide investigative services. If you are involved in a situation where you believe police action may be required, NOTIFY THE POLICE AT ONCE. FROM ON-CAMPUS DIAL 9-911. After the police are called please notify the campus security coordinator at extension 218.

CRIME REPORTING 
FOR EMERGENCIES IMMEDIATELY CALL THE LOCAL POLICE! FROM ON-CAMPUS DIAL 9-911
Report any criminal or suspected criminal behavior to Facilities, Operations, and Maintenance Office (Extension 218). All college employees who either witness or hear about criminal or suspected criminal behavior are encouraged to make immediate reports. In addition, any college official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities is required to make such reports. Although professional counselors are exempted from this requirement, they may on a case-by-case basis voluntarily report anonymous crime statistics to the coordinator of security, in a manner that will protect the identity of their source. The Facilities, Operations, and Maintenance Office is responsible for compiling crime statistics from both on campus and police sources for the purposes of the annual crime statistics report. The coordinator of security shall poll appropriate local police agencies and campus offices to include, but not necessarily limited to, the vice president, student services, student programs, and counseling center. Since Centralia College does not recognize any off campus student groups or organizations, no monitoring or reporting is required. As of October 1 of each year, the college will publish its annual crime statistics report for the past three calendar years. These crime statistics reports will be included as part of this total report.

The coordinator of security also keeps and maintains a daily log that records all crimes reported to the police or the coordinator of security reporting. The log contains information about the nature, date, time and general location of each crime and the disposition of the complaint, if known. This information is reviewed by the Facilities/Safety Committee, published in the campus newspaper, and distributed as an elective e-mail to all campus computers on a regular basis. Except where such disclosure is prohibited by law or where such disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim, the information in the log will be open to public inspection within two business days of the initial report being made to the coordinator of security or a campus security authority. If there is clear and convincing evidence that the release of such information would jeopardize an on-going criminal investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence, such information may be withheld until that damage is no longer likely to occur from the release of such information.

The coordinator of security will assist any victim or third party in completing criminal reports. The college will request the appropriate police agency to investigate any reported crime. The coordinator of security shall classify reports using the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting definitions.

When alleged perpetrators are identified as students, with the cooperation of the victim, the case will be processed according to the disciplinary procedures outlined in the Centralia College Student Rights and Responsibilities Code, WAC 132L-120. Criminal investigations and proceedings can occur independently, before, during, or after, college disciplinary proceedings.

Report as much detail as possible. After a crime, write down as much information as you can. Try to note such things as gender, age, height, weight, color of hair, hairstyle, eye color, dress or clothing, facial hair, glasses, distinguishing marks such as scars, distinguishing walk, manner or voice.

The coordinator of security will accept third party reports in cases such as sex offenses in which the victim wishes to remain anonymous. However, the college prefers to receive reports directly from the victim because the victim will usually be able to provide greater detail to assist in any investigation.

Preserve all physical evidence of any crime or suspected crime. Do not wash off of destroy evidence that may be critical to any investigation. Preserve the crime scene. Do not touch anything. Attempt to close off the area and not allow anyone to enter until the police arrive.

Timely Warning 
The college is committed to providing the campus community a timely warning when it becomes aware of potential threats to students or employees. Whenever any campus security authority becomes aware of any on campus event, whether involving students or not, that poses a potential threat to students or employees they shall immediately notify the vice-president, student services. The vice president, student services, in consultation with the coordinator of security will make the decision to disclose any such incident on a case-by-case basis in light of the facts surrounding a crime, including such factors as of the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

Campus contact: Dean, Library & eLearning

POLICY 
All current Centralia College employees are permitted to use the library's resources and services. This includes borrowing materials, accessing library databases, and conferring with reference librarians. Library policies governing the use of library resources are applicable, and are posted on the library's website.

[Reviewed and Revised: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 1/26/2015]

Number: 1.175 Legal Authority:  
Title: Lost and Found Implementation Date:  
Contact: Director Student Life & Involvement Center Revisions: 9-12-2014, 5-1-2019

Lost and found services are provided by the Student Life and Involvement Center. Items will be turned in, processed, and held for a minimum of three months, and discarded.

Number: 1.180 Legal Authority: RCW 42.52.160
Title: Mailroom and Distribution Implementation Date:  
Contact: Central Services Office Revisions: 12-4-2019

The campus mailroom is for college business use only.  Employees and students may not use campus mailrooms for either incoming or outgoing personal mail.

Number: 1.181 Legal Authority: RCW 26.44
Title: Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Implementation Date: 11-6-2014
Contact: VP Human Resources Revisions: 5-1-2019

Definitions

Abuse or neglect:  sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, injury of a child by any person under circumstances which cause harm to the child’s health, welfare, or safety, or the negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for or providing care to the child. 

Academic employee:  Any instructor, counselor, librarian, instructional aid or tutor, who is employed by any college district, whether full or part-time.

Administrative employee:  Any person employed full or part-time by the college and who performs administrative functions at least fifty percent or more of the time.  

Child:    any person under the age of eighteen years of age.

Reasonable cause:a person witnesses or receives a credible written or oral report alleging abuse, including sexual contact, or neglect of a child. (RCW 26.44.030(1) (b) (iii).)

Policy

It is the policy of Centralia College that all employees report child abuse whether the alleged abuse is learned of in their official college capacity, or not.  The report must be made at the first opportunity, and never later than 48 hours after the college employee has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect.

Reporters

Academic, administrative and athletic employees including student employees, must make any report directly to the proper law enforcement agency or the department of social and health services. 

All other employees must make any report directly to the Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs via phone, in person or email. The Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs must make the report to the proper law enforcement agency or the department of social and health services.

The reporting requirement does not apply to the discovery of abuse or neglect that occurred during childhood if it is discovered after the child has become an adult. However, if there is reasonable cause to believe other children are or may be at risk of abuse or neglect by the accused, the reporting requirement does apply and a report must be made.

Any person reporting alleged child abuse or neglect in good faith shall be immune from any legal liability arising out of such reporting.  A person, who in good faith, cooperates in an investigation of a report of child abuse or neglect shall not be subject to civil liability arising out of his or her cooperation.  A person who intentionally and in bad faith, knowingly makes a false report of alleged abuse or neglect or fails to report the alleged abuse or neglect may be guilty of a misdemeanor and violation of college policy.

This policy is communicated annually to all employees so they have knowledge of their reporting responsibilities. 

ELEMENTS OF REPORT

The report must include as much detail as possible and must include the identity of the accused if known.

Detail includes:

  • The name, address, and age of the child;
  • The name and address of the child's parents, stepparents, guardians, or other persons having custody of the child;
  • The nature and extent of the alleged injury or injuries;
  • The nature and extent of the alleged neglect;
  • The nature and extent of the alleged sexual abuse;
  • Any evidence of previous injuries, including their nature and extent;
  • Any other information that may be helpful in establishing the cause of the child's injury, injuries or death,
  • The identity of the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators.

AUTHORITY  

RCW 26.44

RCW 26.44.030

RCW 26.44.040

RCW 28B.10.846

SB 5991

Number: 1.190 Legal Authority:
28B.50.140 
Title: Nepotism Implementation Date: 9-21-2000
Contact: VP Human Resources Revisions: 8-19-2014, 11-6-2019

The College actively recruits the best-qualified person for all positions. Consideration is based solely on merit. Family relationships shall not be used as a basis for denying rights, privileges, or benefits of regular appointment of regular job status. However, members of the same family will not actively recruit, screen or hire members of their immediate family. In addition, members of the same family cannot hold positions within the College that place them in a supervisor/employee relationship but may be employed in other capacities. Other personal relationships not addressed in this policy should be discussed with a supervisor and/or Human Resources.

 
Number: 1.195 Legal Authority: RCW 42.52.160
Title: Network Acceptable Use Implementation Date:  
Contact: Director, Information Technology Revisions: 12-4-2019

Centralia College will abide by the acceptable use conditions of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) K-20 Network Policy, which provides the College internet service. To ensure compliance with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), the college follows the policy set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in CALEA section 107(b). State employees utilizing the K-20 network will abide by state ethical standards provided by the State Ethics board and follow the terms of RCW 42.52.160 and WAC 292-110-010 for use of state resources. These policies and regulations are published in their entirety on the Washington State Legislature web site with links available on MyCC.  Violation of the acceptable use policy may result in termination of services, or disciplinary action up to or including termination, state, federal or other legal action.

Number: 1.200 Legal Authority: OFM Travel Regulations
Title: Official Duty Station Implementation Date:  
Contact: Human Resources Revisions: 8-19-2014, 5-1-2019

All employees will have an official duty station assigned at the time of appointment. For all employees, the official duty station is the campus to which they are hired or assigned.

Number: 1.210 Legal Authority:  
Title: Parking Implementation Date: 9-21-2000
Contact: Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Revisions: 12-4-2019

Parking for faculty, staff, and students is available in College owned and College leased parking lots. Applications for reserved parking for employees is available in the Facilities, Operation and Maintenance Office (FOM).  All full-time and part-time employees and students of Centralia College shall obtain and display a currently valid parking permit on all vehicles parked in college parking lots.  Parking rules and regulations are posted on the college website and also available at the FOM office.

Number: 1.225 Legal Authority:  
Title: Petty Cash Fund Implementation Date:  
Contact: Purchasing Office Revisions: 12-4-2019

The petty cash fund is for justified emergency purchases only. A justified emergency purchase is a purchase of materials and services when unforeseen circumstances create extreme and immediate necessity for performance of essential functions for the ongoing operation of the institution. Petty cash purchases will not, under any circumstances, circumvent the regular purchasing procedures. The petty cash fund is a reimbursement only fund with submission of an approved voucher with original receipts.  The amount requested is not to exceed $30.00 for any purpose, with the exception of postage.

Number: 1.230 Legal Authority: RCW 9.91.170(9)(b)
Title: Animals on Campus Implementation Date: 5-4-2011
Contact: Human Resources Revisions: 10-1-2014, 4-3-2019

POLICY

The college does not permit pets inside buildings. Service animals are not considered pets. Emotional support animals (ESA)/Comfort animals, therapy animals and service animals-in-training are not considered service animals. College officials shall not grant service animal status to ESA/comfort/companion animals. Other animals may be permitted inside only if the animal is approved. Any animal on campus shall be leashed or under the direct physical control of the owner or custodian.

Number: 1.240 Legal Authority: RCW 45.52
Title: Political Activity for Employees Implementation Date:  
Contact: President’s Office Revisions: 8-25-2014, 10-2-2019

Employees may participate in partisan political activity. However, such activity cannot be conducted in the classroom or office, at College expense, or by use of College facilities during the course of duties. Political contributions may not be solicited, voluntarily or involuntarily, on state property or time. Political activity cannot reduce the number of hours an employee is expected to be on campus, in contact with students or posted office hours.

Number: 1.245 Legal Authority:  
Title: Posting and Distribution of Materials Implementation Date:  
Contact: Director, Student Life & Involvement Revisions: 10-2-14, 6-12-17, 6-6-18

Centralia College is committed to providing a safe and well maintained environment and to the free expression of ideas. Centralia College will designate certain areas as limited public forums. Posting by the public and campus community is limited to areas identified in the Posting Procedure. All posting locations not identified in the Posting Procedure are non-public forums subject to the identified purpose for which those locations are established.

Campus contact: Central Services Supervisor

On-Campus Printing

PRACTICE 
A variety of services available on campus enables print requests to be completed in-house. On-campus printing capabilities include photocopying and quick print offset. Faculty members may also have materials copied (within copyright laws) in duplicating services.

PROCEDURE 
Individuals requesting copies of copyrighted material must submit written permission of the publisher authorizing copying of the materials.

Publications

Campus contact: Director of College Relations

POLICY
All college publications are required to display the College logo and College approved EEOC wording.

PROCEDURE 
College publications are defined as printed pieces designed for off-campus and/or general student distribution, including catalogs and quarterly class schedules, program and departmental brochures, course fliers, handbooks, posters, College stationery, newsletters, mailers to promote workshops, seminars and special offerings and informational admissions materials. Excluded are office forms, audio-visual materials, correspondence, signs and instructional or curriculum related materials.

College publications are managed by the Public Information Office, which will provide graphic design and production service for all materials meeting the definition. To ensure consistent standards of content, design, and overall quality, College publications are initiated by the submittal of a Graphics Request Form. These requests are prioritized and have timelines for completion established by the Public Information Office.

Number: 1.255 Legal Authority: SBCTC 7.60.03 (5), SBCTC 7.90.03
Title: Public Information Services Implementation Date:  
Contact: Director of College Relations Revisions: 2-5-2020

Advertising of College Programs and Services

Centralia College District 12 permits expenditures from general operating funds for paid advertisements in commercial print, and broadcast and social media, in accordance with the policies and guidelines of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 7.60.03 (5) and 7.90.03.  The Office of College Relations is responsible for creating, coordinating, and administering all programs of advertising and no operating funds shall be expended for advertisements of college programs and services without prior approval of the director or his/her designee.

College Publications

College publications are defined as catalogs, bulletins, newsletters, brochures, flyers, handbooks, posters, stationery, audiovisual materials, web pages, online publications and social media, and other types of materials published in the name of Centralia College and intended for public distribution, with the exception of official forms and materials produced for classroom or student use. All college publications for off-campus distribution, including all bulk mail pieces, must be approved by the Office of College Relations.

Use of College Name, Symbols, and Logo

The Centralia College name, logo, and affiliated symbols (including Blazer Bill, the Athletics emblem, and any athletics symbols) may only be used in the design and format established by the Office of College Relations. The logo and affiliated symbols may be used only as prescribed by the style guidelines established by College Relations. Any items displaying a logo or symbol inconsistent with the guidelines may be removed from public display or circulation at the request of the Director of College Relations.

Any group wishing to use the name, symbols, or logo must receive written permission from the Director of College Relations. Such permission will set forth the name of the group and the nature of the use. The college reserves the right to approve samples showing the proposed use prior to production and distribution.

Centralia College’s name, symbols, and logo should not be used in any manner suggesting advocacy or official position of the college regarding any issues including, but not limited to, political issues.

News Media Contact

It is the policy of Centralia College District 12 that when speaking on behalf of the institution all official contact with news media representatives shall be initiated and/or approved by the Director of College Relations, the college President, or the President’s designee. The President and/or designee will serve as official spokesperson in all matters pertaining to media contact.

Campus contact: Purchasing Office

Purchasing
PROCEDURE 
If you wish to order materials, supplies, or equipment, complete a Purchase Request form and turn it in to your division chair or supervisor for budgetary approval. No purchase request can be processed without the signature of the appropriate authorizing official. When requesting a purchase, have available the item specification, quantity, catalog number, company name and address, approximate prices and date needed. When the division chair or dean approves a request, it will be forwarded to the Purchasing Office. When the order is placed, the Purchasing Office will return a copy of the ordering document to the originator. Contact the Purchasing Office for specific information on your particular purchase.

Receiving Ordered Materials
Campus contact: Central Services Supervisor

PROCEDURE 
Supplies and equipment are delivered to the Receiving Department in Central Services where the material and equipment is carefully examined and authorization to pay the supplier is sent to the Business Office. Following the receiving process, the material/equipment is delivered to the employee or their department.

Campus contact: Director of Fiscal Services

POLICY 
Any monies received by faculty member or staff, (rent income, refunds on purchases, etc.) must be deposited with the cashier within 24 hours. Student oriented payments (scholarships, tuition payments, GSL and VA checks, etc.), as well as student activities deposits, should be deposited directly with the Cashier.

PROCEDURE 
Whenever possible, all cash receipts should go through the normal cashiering process. Use pre-numbered receipts and mark each check on the back, For Deposit Only". The Business Office will help with proper coding of the deposit.

Number: 1.272 Legal Authority: RCW 45.52
Title: Restraining, Anti-Harassment, Protective Orders Implementation Date:  
Contact: VP Human Resources or VP Student Services Revisions: 2-21-2012, 8-19-2014, 10-2-2019

Centralia College abides by court-ordered restraining, anti-harassment, or protective orders that place restrictions on individuals related to the Centralia College campus. 

Court-ordered protective orders may affect an individual’s ability to be on part, or all of campus. 

Copies of protective orders should be delivered to the Vice President of Human Resources for employee and public matters and to the Vice President of Student Services for student matters.

Number: 1.275 Legal Authority: RCW 40.14
Title: Retention of Public Records Implementation Date:  
Contact: VP of Finance and Administration Revisions: 11-24-2014, 10-2-19

Centralia College abides by all federal, state and local requirements for public records for retention and destruction.

Number: 1.290 Legal Authority:  
Title: Safety Conditions Implementation Date:  
Contact: Facilities, Operations, and Maintenance Office Revisions: 11-1-2014, 12-5-19

Centralia College will take every reasonable precaution for the safety of students, employees, and visitors.  Safety Education and Accident Prevention shall be included in all instructional offerings as appropriate.

Campus contact: Vice President, Finance and Administration

POLICY:
All capital projects proposed and developed by Community College District Twelve shall comply with:

  • the provisions of Chapter 43.21C RCW
  • the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  • Chapter 197-10 WAC
  • WAC guidelines for SEPA implementation
  • WAC 131-24-030
  • SEPA implementation rules of the State Board for Community College Education

Campus contact: Vice President, Student Services - Students | Vice President of Human Resources - Employees

POLICY 
All registered sex offenders or kidnapping offenders, regardless of level, before enrolling in classes for the first time must:

  1. Meet with the vice president, student services, and self-disclose their status.
  2. Provide any requested information and releases of information related to their crimes, treatment, risk level classification, compliance history, victim profile or any other information deemed by the college to be important to safety.
  3. Agree to comply with any conditions or restrictions as part of a safety plan and/or behavioral contract that limits access, interactions or participation. Behavioral contracts shall specify consequences for non-compliance and shall be signed by the college and the student.

Failure to comply will be grounds for denial of admission. If already admitted, failure to comply will be grounds for dismissal under the provisions of WAC 132L-120, Student Rights and Responsibilities Code.
The requirement for registered sex offenders or kidnapping offenders to meet with the vice president, student services before admission, shall be published in the college catalog, quarterly schedule, and selected admission materials.

The Office of the Vice President, Student Services shall be the designated office to receive official notifications from the County Sheriff's Office or other police agencies and will additionally coordinate notification on campus The Office of the Vice President, Student Services will maintain the following records:

  1. Copies of all files, photos and other correspondence provided by other agencies.
  2. Record of all notifications made.
  3. Copies of all community advisory flyers or other public notices.

In the case of a College employee, the human resources office will maintain the file and, with consultation of the president, shall coordinate notification. Suggested notifications, adjusted on a case by case basis, shall be guided by the risk classification of the registered sex offender.

Risk Classification
Risk classifications are initially determined by professionals within the Department of Corrections before the release of the offender (DOC 05-729). The DOC makes classifications on a case-by-case basis after reviewing relevant records and information related to the offender.

Level I Sex Offender: These offenders present the lowest possible risk to the community and their likelihood to re-offend is considered minimal. They normally have not exhibited predatory type characteristics and most have successfully participated or are participating in approved treatment programs. Many are first time offenders.

Level II Sex Offender: These offenders present a moderate risk to the community and they have a higher likelihood of re-offending than the Level 1 offenders. They are considered a higher risk to re-offend because of the nature of their previous crime(s) and lifestyle (drug and alcohol abuse and other criminal activity). Some have refused to participate or failed to complete approved treatment programs.

Level III Sex Offender: These offenders pose a potential high risk to the community and are a threat to re-offend if provided the opportunity. Most have prior sex crime convictions as well as other criminal convictions. Their lifestyles and choices place them in this classification. Some have predatory characteristics and may seek out victims. They may have refused or failed to complete approved treatment.

Access to Information Any member of the College community shall have access to information that lists the names of registered sex offenders or kidnapping offenders known to the college who are either enrolled or employed by or at Centralia College.

The information, or any other notification, should not be used in any manner to injure, harass, or commit a criminal act against any individual named in the registry, or residing at the reported address. Any such action could subject a person to criminal prosecution and/or disciplinary action including dismissal from the college in accordance with the provisions of WAC 132L-120, Student Rights and Responsibilities Code.

The data are reported by police agencies, and the college does not edit nor check the accuracy of the information it receives from law enforcement agencies. Therefore, the college cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information AND registrants may have moved without notifying the proper Sheriff's Department. Centralia College shall NOT be responsible for any errors or omissions produced by this secondary dissemination of this information.
The following public notice is placed in buildings throughout campus:

PUBLIC NOTICE
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS OR KIDNAPPING OFFENDERS MAY BE ENROLLED OR EMPLOYED AT CENTRALIA COLLEGE. PERSONS INTERESTED IN SEEKING THE IDENTITY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS MAY OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION FROM:
Vice President, Student Services Student Center

Notifications and Restrictions

Level I Sex Offender - Low Risk to Re-offend
Notifications: (On a case-by case basis including, but not limited to)

  • Coordinator of Security Services
  • Merchant Patrol
  • President
  • All Vice Presidents and all Dean/Director levels
  • Counseling Center/Running Start
  • Teen Program
  • High School Completion Program
  • GED Program
  • Math Center
  • Writing Center
  • Tutoring Center
  • Student Employment Office
  • Student Programs
  • All Child Care, ECEAP, Parenting, and Child Development Centers
  • Center for Disability Services
  • RSO's faculty advisor
  • Any other College program with a significant population of students under the age of 18
  • Faculty and staff in whose program and/or courses the student is enrolled (name, crime(s), and restrictions, if any)
  • A binders in the office designated under the Public Notice section of this policy
  • If employed, notify supervisor.
  • Any member of the college community upon request.

Restrictions: (On a case-by-case basis including, but not limited to)

  • Employment that cannot be continually supervised, or has unsupervised access to locations in which persons under age 18 are present, or has access to student records, or involves unsupervised access to recreational areas.
  • Specified areas or places on or near the campus.

Level II Sex Offender - Moderate Risk to Re-offend
Notifications: (On a case-by-case basis including, but not limited to)

  • All Level I notifications
  • Faculty and staff in whose program and/or courses the student is enrolled (name, law enforcement notification, and restrictions, if any)
  • Librarians
  • Learning Center
  • Computer Lab
  • Law enforcement flyer placed on designated bulletin boards throughout campus
  • By email send notification and link to law enforcement web site to students in whose class the offender is enrolled.
  • By email send notification and link to Washington State Sex Offender web site to students in a club or organization in which the offender is a member.
  • If employed at the college, send notification to supervisor and co-workers.
  • Any other program or office with whom the student has or is likely to have contact.

Restrictions: (On a case-by case basis, as part of the behavioral contract with the vice president student services, including, but not limited to)

  • All Level I Restrictions
  • SAAT or any other club, organization, or activity in which students officially represent the college to off-campus parties.
  • Any position of authority or power that has access to student information or that can influence students or employees.
  • Any club or organization officer
  • Field trips and outings
  • Group projects
  • Certain classes or programs
  • In addition to Level I job restrictions, any job that requires or permits extended unsupervised personal contact with other students or staff members, or poses a threat to safety or security

Level III Sex Offender - High Risk to Re-offend
Notifications (On a case-by case basis including, but not limited to)

  • All Level I and II notifications
  • By mail send notification and link to a law enforcement web site to students in whose class the offender is enrolled.
  • All College employees via internal mail/e-mail and link to Lewis County or Thurston County Sheriff's web site
  • College newspaper
  • Any other legal means to get the information out to the College community

Restrictions: (On a case-by case basis including, but not limited to)

  • All Level I and II restrictions
  • May not be employed by or through the college
  • May not be a member of any club, organization, or co or extra-curricular activity.

Faculty Notification
The vice president, student services, shall notify faculty members of registered sex offenders or kidnapping offenders who enroll in their classes. The vice president shall share information about any restrictions or limitations or other information that will improve safety and create a climate more conducive to teaching and learning. The registered sex offender or kidnapping offender shall meet individually with the faculty member, disclose his or her status, discuss any restrictions or limitations, and discuss any potential teaching or learning conflicts that might arise.

AUTHORITY: Community Protection Act of 1990
RCW 4.24.550. RCW 9A.44.130. RCW 4.24.550 RCW 28B.50.090(3)(b)

[Approved: Dr. James Walton, President, 03/16/09] [Reviewed and Revised: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 9/12/2014]

Number: 1.315 Legal Authority: WAC 132L-120
Title: Skateboarding on Campus Implementation Date: June 2000
Contact: Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Revisions: 4-3-2019

POLICY

No skateboarding shall be allowed on or in any Centralia College owned or controlled campus or facility. Violators will be subject to actions under, as now or hereafter amended, no trespass under Chapter 9A.52 RCW and/or the Students Rights and Responsibilities Code WAC 132L-120.

Number: 1.345 Legal Authority:  
Title: Subpoenas Implementation Date:  
Contact: VP Human Resources, VP Student Services Revisions: 9-21-2014, 4-3-2019

POLICY

Any college employee who receives a subpoena or court order related to college business shall contact the appropriate vice president before taking any action. Refer all student matters to the Vice President, Student Services. Refer all non-student matters to the Vice President Human Resources and Legal Affairs.

Number: 1.350 Legal Authority:  
Title: Suspended Operations Implementation Date: 3-10-2008
Contact: Vice President, Instruction Revisions: 12-4-2019

During periods of inclement weather, disasters, power outages or other disruptions, the college president may partially or totally suspend college operations.

PROCEDURE:

When it becomes necessary to partially or totally suspend operations, the college will provide closure information to its personnel, students and the public. Each year the Instruction Office will provide to all faculty and staff members an updated closure memo containing details on how information will be made available

When it becomes necessary to adjust campus operations due to inclement weather, an announcement will normally be sent through InformaCast by 5:30 a.m. for standard operations and by 3:00 p.m. for evening functions. However, weather can be unpredictable and impact the notification times.

In addition to InformaCast,the college will communicate adjustments in campus operations due to inclement weather in the following ways:

  • General phone message on the main Centralia College phone at 360-736-9391 and on the Instruction Office phone at 360-623-8929
  • Local and regional media may provide inclement weather announcements via radio or television

If conditions disrupt normal college operations, the college will announce one of the following status conditions. Students and college personnel should acquaint themselves with the meanings associated with each status condition and act accordingly. The college will announce a status condition for each day in which there is limited operation. If the college does not announce a status condition, personnel and students should assume the college is operating normally.

One of the following statements will be announced on InformaCast and through methods listed above:

DELAYED –This announcement indicates that classes occurring before the delayed start time are cancelled. The announcement will be made by 5:30 a.m. when possible. When an employee is absent from work due to suspended operations, the employee shall use leave or other options in accordance with the applicable RCWs, WACs and negotiated agreements

CLOSED - This announcement indicates that the campus is closed and only identified essential personnel who are called in will report to work.When an employee is absent from campus due to suspended operations, the employee shall use leave or other options in accordance with the applicable RCWs, WACs and negotiated agreements

DAY CLASSES CLOSED– This announcement indicates that all day classes are cancelled. The announcement will be made by 5:30 a.m. when possible.

EVENING CLASSES CLOSED – This announcement indicates that all evening classes are cancelled. Evening classes begin at 4:00 p.m.The announcement will be made by 3:00 p.m. when possible.

Personnel Implications

When an employee is absent from work due to suspended operations, the employee shall use leave or other options in accordance with the applicable RCWs, WACs and negotiated agreements.

Number: 1.355 Legal Authority: RCW 42.52
Title: Telephone Use Implementation Date:  
Contact: VP, Finance & Administration Revisions: 6-5-2017 

POLICY

The use of the campus telephone system should be limited to College business. De Minimis personal local calls may be appropriate but telephone use for the private benefit or gain of the employee or another violates the Ethics in Public Service Act (RCW 42.52).

Personal long distance calling is prohibited. Employees are responsible for the appropriate use of long distance calling privileges. Forced Authorization Codes (FAC) should be secured from unauthorized use. Employees will not share FACs. Employees will pay for any personal use or misuse of long distance calling. Employees who violate this policy may lose long distance calling privileges and may be subject to personnel actions.

Long distance charges will be regularly reviewed. It may be requested that charges be reviewed and accounted for by the individual and/or supervisor.

A Telephone Use Procedure will be regularly reviewed to ensure compliance with this policy.

Campus contact: Business Office.

POLICY:
All travel on College business is subject to Washington State laws and regulations.

PROCEDURE:
Prior Approval A Prior Approval for Travel Request form must be completed and submitted to the appropriate supervisor, in sufficient time for review of the request prior to date of travel, for travel outside Lewis and Thurston Counties, Shelton and Oakville (travel to Garrett Heyns Education Center does not require prior approval). In addition to the appropriate supervisor, all out-of-state travel, except Portland, must be approved by the College President. No reimbursement for mileage or per diem shall be assured if prior approval for travel has not been obtained.

State Car Use Travel involving the use of state cars shall be clearly identified on the travel request form. For field trips and other activities involving student participation, a list of student names should be attached to the travel request for travel reimbursement.

Airfare All train or air travel must be purchased on the College's Business Travel Account (BTA) and must follow campus-purchasing requirements. An authorized Prior Approval for Travel form (with appropriate attachments) and purchase request must reach Purchasing before airline reservations can be made. Purchasing will contact the requesting department to coordinate reservations through a state qualified travel agency and assure that arrangements are made according to mandatory state contract requirements.

Personal Travel Coupled with Business Travel OFM Travel Regulations (10.20.40) require that employees "promptly return to either the official duty station or official residence when the state business is completed." The College will not reimburse employees for extra travel expenses incurred for the convenience of the employee. Employees may, however, couple a vacation or other personal use onto a legitimate business trip where the following three conditions all exist:

  1. The primary purpose of the trip is official state business.
  2. The employee uses, where necessary, his or her personal leave balances for the vacation or personal part of the trip.
  3. The state agency does not incur any extra expenses beyond those it would normally incur had the trip occurred without any personal use coupled to the trip.

Legitimate Business Trip - Trip not planned as a subsidiary item of personal travel plans. If there is no legitimate state business purpose as the primary purpose of a trip, the trip will not be authorized and no state funding will be approved.

Prior Approval for Travel - Personal travel taken in conjunction with a business trip must be clearly noted on the Prior Approval for Travel Request. In addition, a complete itinerary must be attached to the Prior Approval which specifies the dates and times when the employee transfers to and from personal or business status.

In conjunction with the prior approval, a leave slip must be submitted to the supervisor for the personal leave time requested. A copy of both the itinerary and the approved leave request must be attached to the completed prior approval which accompanies the travel expense voucher (A20) when the voucher is submitted to the Business Office for payment.

Reimbursement of Per Diem and Mode of Transportation - Travel expenses incurred during travel which is personal and outside of that which is necessary to conduct College business will not be reimbursed and cannot be charged to an employee's corporate charge account. The College will reimburse employees for travel according to the method that is most economical and advantageous to the state. The criterion selected will not be influenced by the personal travel plans of the employee.

Reimbursement Reimbursement for all approved travel expenses is received by completion of a travel expense voucher (A-20), obtainable from the Business Office or respective dean's office. After completion, this form should be sent to the appropriate dean for approval. It will then be forwarded to the Business Office for processing. The form should be submitted by the tenth day of the month following the travel.
Contact the Business Office or the appropriate Dean or Vice President's office for further information.

Number: 1.370 Legal Authority: WAC 132L-136-021
Title: Use of Tobacco Products Implementation Date: 9-13-1994
Contact: VP Finance & Administration Revisions: 9-12-2014, 12-4-2019

Smoking is prohibited on campus except in designated smoking areas.  WAC 132L-136-021

DEFINITION:
"Smoke" or "smoking" means carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other lighted smoking equipment; the use of any tobacco or nicotine product; or the use of any facsimile of a tobacco or nicotine product, including electronic cigarettes. Nicotine gum, patches, or like products are permissible.  WAC 132L-136-010.

POLICY 
Employees may use private vehicles on official College business. Reference: Handbook, Chapter 3, Section 1.56, Travel Regulations, Prior Approval.

An employee or student who transports other employees or students in his/her privately owned automobile, whether for scheduled activity or not, is fully responsible for the vehicle and its occupants.

PRACTICE
Therefore, it is suggested that the legal owner do the following:

  1. Carry the maximum allowable liability insurance under his/her policy.
  2. Drive his/her vehicle, or
  3. Allow only a staff member or a student with a valid Washington State driver's license and a good driving record to drive the vehicle.

Campus contact: Central Services Supervisor

The VanPool was created to provide authorized faculty members, staff, and students traveling on official College business with convenient access to rental vehicles at economical rates. This is accomplished by maintaining a pool of College owned vehicles and supplementing it, as needed, from the state of Washington fleet of vehicles and private sources when necessary.

PRACTICE:
Organization, location and hours:
The VanPool office is located in the Central Services building and is operated by Central Services, which reports to the Vice President, Finance and Administration. Vehicles may be checked out and other VanPool business conducted, (including reservations, general inquiries, issuance of vehicle use forms, etc.) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pool vans are parked in front of the Central Services building in designated spaces.

Reservations:
Vehicle reservations can be made by calling Central Services at extension 402, writing or e-mailing Central Services, or by using Meeting Maker to access the Van Pool schedule (Vans: Blue, White, or Gray). A confirmation will be made verbally or by e-mail to the requesting department. In the event a van becomes available, those on a standby list will be contacted. There will be fees assessed against department accounts for reservations 24 hours or less in advance. There are no permanently assigned vehicles in the VanPool. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Personal Liability:
Because of the limitations of the state's Self-Insurance Program, all drivers are urged to contact their personal insurance carrier to ensure they are covered while driving other vehicles.

POLICY:
Restrictions and use of vehicles:

  1. Vehicles are to be used for official College purposes only, regardless of the source of travel funds.
  2. Drivers are limited to Centralia College faculty members, staff, students, and other College officials.
  3. Passengers are restricted to employees or students of the College or other persons being transported in the course of official business. Children of faculty members/staff or students are prohibited except when such transportation is connected with official College business. Completed "Informed Acknowledgment of and Consent to Field Trip/Activity Hazards and Risks" form shall be completed for each individual being transported. D. College vehicles may not be used for commuting or other personal use. E. Stopping for meals at restaurants is allowed only when travel is outside the Centralia/Chehalis and Olympia/Tumwater/Lacey areas. Damage to Centralia College Vehicles: The Self-Insurance Program does not cover damage to College owned vehicles. Because of this, the department that rents a VanPool vehicle is responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing any VanPool vehicle.

PROCEDURE: Responsibilities of the operator:

A. Possessing a valid driver's license.

B. Abiding by VanPool policies, regulations and procedures and applicable state and local laws. Smoking is not allowed in any state-owned vehicle.

C. Observing commonly accepted rules of courtesy toward pedestrians and other drivers.

D. Any damage to the vehicle, regardless of the cause, is reported to the VanPool upon return of the vehicle. Departments will be charged for repair unless the damage is due to normal wear and tear or is covered by another vehicle's insurance.

E. Caring properly for vehicle and contents, including:

1. Using the appropriate grade of gasoline when refilling;

2. Checking the oil and water levels each time the vehicle is fueled.

F. Locking the vehicle when it is unoccupied.

G. Paying for traffic or parking fines or towing fees resulting from their negligence.

H. Using and parking the vehicle in a manner that will reflect favorably on the College. Failure to do so may result in loss of VanPool use privileges.

I. Reporting all accidents to the College VanPool Coordinator (Central Services) and completing the required accident reports. If the accident involves personal injury or death, or damage to property over $500, the operator should call "911" and request an officer be dispatched to investigate the accident. In evening hours, call number listed under "EMERGENCY NUMBERS" section.

J. Ensuring the vehicle is returned to the VanPool parking lot at the appointed time. Drivers must notify the VanPool Coordinator in advance if the vehicle cannot be returned on time.

K. Returning the vehicle in a clean and presentable condition. Garbage, debris, and personal belongings should be removed from the vehicle. Departments will be charged (at the current garage labor rate) for cleaning or damage to vehicles not associated with normal use.

L. Permitting only employees or students of the College or other personnel on official College business to be transported in the vehicle. Picking up hitchhikers is not permitted.

[Administrative Approval: June 1997]

Number: 1.390 Legal Authority:  
Title: Volunteer Policy Implementation Date:  
Contact: Human Resources Revisions: 8-19-2014, 5-1-2019

Volunteers must fill out a volunteer packet prior to volunteering.  Persons paid by organizations or businesses other than the College, but performing work or service on College property, may be considered volunteers. Community members of College committees may also be treated as volunteers.

Volunteer procedures and packets are located in the Human Resources Office.

Number: 1.395 Legal Authority: RCW 42.40
Title: Whistleblower Program Implementation Date: 9-21-2000 
Contact: Human Resources Office Revisions: 8-19-2014, 11-6-2019

The College adheres to RCW 42.40which was enacted to encourage employees of the State of Washington to report any improper governmental action by a state employee to the Office of the State Auditor. No official of the college will attempt to expose the identity of a whistleblower who wishes to remain anonymous.

"Improper governmental action" means any action that violates state law, abuses authority, wastes public funds or endangers public health or safety.

"Improper governmental action" does NOT include personnel actions involving employee grievances and related complaints.

POLICY:
In an effort to reduce winter operations cost to the College and to allow staff to take time off with the least amount of impact to the College service area, the campus may operate on an "efficiency" schedule for those days during the week of Christmas that are not holidays. The specific calendar days will be determined on a year-by-year basis.

Staff members who are identified by their positions and the services they provide which are essential to provide specified levels of service will be required to work during this schedule. All other employees may take annual leave, personal holiday, leave without pay, compensatory time, or exchange time for the non-holiday dates. All work performed on the efficiency days will be in a designated building. All other buildings will have no heat, switchboard, custodial, or computer support.

[Revised and Reviewed: Dr. Robert Frost, President, 10/12/2015]