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- Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation
Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation
If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class and the incident occurred in the course of conducting business, pursuing an education or participating in a program or activity at the College, please submit a complaint using the link below. Please note that if you report anonymously, the College's investigation and response likely will be limited.
Complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation also can be made to any of the following:
- The Senior Director of Equity and Compliance
- The Supervisor of Equity and Compliance
- A Compliance Officer
- A Supervisor, Director, Dean, Chairperson or other Administrator
- An employee of Human Resources
- An employee of the Columbus State Police Department, located in Delaware Hall Room 047; (614) 287-2525 or 2525 from any campus telephone
If you feel that you are in immediate danger, please call the Columbus State Police Department at (614) 287-2525 or 2525 from any campus telephone. If you are off campus, call 911.
If the Respondents an employee, a student or otherwise has a connection to Columbus State, the Complainant may pursue a prompt, fair and impartial administrative investigation and resolution which will be conducted by College officials. Complainants may choose not to pursue an administrative investigation, but the College may have an obligation to further review and investigate the information it receives without the Complainant’s consent or participation. The College will inform the Complainant if it needs to investigate further. Both parties will be informed in writing of the outcome of any College conduct or disciplinary proceeding that arises from the allegation[s].
If discrimination or retaliation is found to have occurred, the Office of Equity and Compliance in consultation with the appropriate College departments will take steps to stop and prevent the effects of the discrimination and correct its effects on the complainant and others, as appropriate.
The Complainant also may choose to file a report with the Columbus State Police Department. At their discretion, the police may conduct an investigation if there is potential criminal activity related to the report. Upon the Complainant’s request, the Office of Equity and Compliance can assist in notifying the College Police.
Complainants have the option to inquire about a protection order or other legal orders of protection through the appropriate court with jurisdiction. If the Complainant obtains a protection order, it is their responsibility to notify Columbus State Police and the Senior Director of Equity and Compliance, the Supervisor of Equity and Compliance or a Compliance Officer. Please note that without this notification, the College will have no knowledge of the protection order and therefore, it cannot be enforced on campus.
Information about Franklin County protection orders is available here: https://clerk.franklincountyohio.gov/onlineResources/courtResources.cfm
Visit the following link to access a guide to protection orders, information about court and community resources:
For information about Delaware County protection orders, please contact:
Jackie Brown, Civil Protection Order Specialist, at email@example.com or (740) 833-2710
If the Respondent is an employee, a student or otherwise has a connection to Columbus State, the Complainant may request a No Contact Order through the College. An appropriate College official will determine if a No Contact Order is warranted.
Please refer to the Privacy Information for more information on how the College will exercise discretion in how it addresses these allegation(s).
Both the Complainant and the Respondent have the option to access counseling, legal assistance and other services as they are available at the College and/or in the community whether or not the Complainant or the College chooses to pursue an investigation. Please refer to the Resources webpage for more information. If you need additional support in the form of counseling, accommodations or other assistance, please contact the Office of Equity and Compliance at (614) 287-2636.
Please note that College policy, federal law and state law prohibit retaliation in any form against any student, employee, faculty member, vendor, customer or other person participating in a College program or activity who complains or makes an allegation or any other participant in any investigation of discrimination or harassment. The Respondent must not engage in conduct to intimidate or punish the Complainant, nor should the Respondent take any other action to prevent the complaint from going forward. This includes a Respondent encouraging others to take these actions on their behalf. Allegations of retaliation should be promptly directed to the Supervisor of Equity and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator, Joan Cook, at (614) 287-2636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complaint also may be filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education:
Ohio Civil Rights Commission
Rhodes State Office Tower
30 East Broad Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-2785
TTY: (614) 752-2391
For information on submitting an OCRC complaint, see: http://crc.ohio.gov/FilingaCharge/ChargeFilingProcedure.aspx
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building
1240 E. 9th Street, Suite 3001
Cleveland, OH 44199
Phone: (800) 669-4000
TTY: (800) 669-6820
Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education
For information on how to file a complaint here, please see: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html?src=rt