FTCC & Title IX Compliance
Administration, faculty, staff & students play an important role in promoting and maintaining safe campus for all.
Students are encouraged to view this video tutorial as soon as possible after registering for classes.
This video is produced by a Fayetteville Technical Community College & has been approved by the college’s Title IX compliance office.
Non-Discrimination & Equal Opportunity Policy Statement
The Trustees of Fayetteville Technical Community College is committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors at the College. Accordingly, it is the policy of Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) to prohibit all forms of illegal discrimination and to foster a campus environment which empowers individuals to bring forth claims of illegal discrimination without fear of retaliation. No form of illegal discrimination shall be tolerated whether it arises in the employment environment or arises in some manner which impedes the ability of students, employees, and others to access any service offered by the College. FTCC shall place a special emphasis on providing training designed to help faculty, staff, and students recognize, intervene, prevent, and end illegal discrimination based on sex or gender, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, or other forms of intimate partner violence.
In the event an allegation of illegal discrimination is made, FTCC shall:
- Inform the alleged victim of options and assistance which may be available to them
- Maintain confidentiality to the fullest extent permitted by law
- Thoroughly and impartially investigate the allegation
- When reasonably necessary, provide interim remedy(ies) pending a final resolution
- Provide all parties involved in the allegation a prompt and equitable determination of the merits of the claim
- Decide whether the allegations are more likely than not to have occurred (preponderance of the evidence standard); plus,
If it is more likely than not that the allegations occurred, resolve the allegations in a manner designed to end the discrimination, prevent its reoccurrence, remedy the effects upon the victim and the community, and impose reasonable sanctions on any party found to have engaged in behavior prohibited by this policy.
Illegal discrimination shall be defined as any action or decision that interferes or denies a person employment or participation in any educational program/activity at FTCC based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, or other forms of intimate partner violence are prohibited and considered to be forms of sex/gender based discrimination.
FTCC faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the College shall be permitted to bring forth claims of illegal discrimination without fear of retaliation. It shall be a violation of this policy for any faculty, staff, student, or visitor to retaliate against an individual bringing forth such claims or defending themselves against an allegation of misconduct. It shall also be a violation of this policy to knowingly make false claims or statements regarding illegal discrimination. Person wishing to file a discrimination complaint, including Title IX violations, may contact one of the following:
Mr. Carl Mitchell, Vice President for Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness
Office location: Thomas McLean Administration Building, Room 162
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM
After Business Hours Reporting
Public Safety and Security Office
Location: General Classroom Building, Room 102
The administration of FTCC shall establish appropriate procedures to implement this policy. The Administration of FTCC shall provide an annual report to the Board of any alleged violation of this policy and a summary how the allegation was resolved. The report shall be due during the June meeting of the Board and will include only allegations that have fully resolved, including the exhaustion of all appeal rights.
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964
No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Complaint and Resolution Process
Filing a Complaint
Complaints in violation of the Board of Trustee’s non-discrimination policy should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness (VP of HR/IE). Those wishing to report a violation under the non-discrimination policy are encouraged, but not required, to do so by completing and submitting a Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Form D-3 (available in the fill-in forms) to the Personnel Manager (Deputy Title IX Coordinator) with a copy to the VP for HR/IE (Title IX Coordinator).
Those wishing to submit their complaint in person should do so by contacting the VP of HR/IE or the Personnel Manager at 910-678-8246 and/or report to either Room 162 in the Thomas R. McLean Administration Building on the Fayetteville Campus.
Student Grievance Policy and Procedures
Fayetteville Technical Community College encourages the prompt and fair settlement of student grievances. A student may present a grievance without fear of coercion, restraint, interference, penalty, reprisal, or retaliation.
The purpose of the student grievance policy and procedure is to provide a system to resolve student complaints against faculty, staff, or other students including alleged illegal discrimination on the basis of age, gender/sex, race, color, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or other conditions.
The definitions that apply are:
Consent must be received prior to engaging in sexual activity and shall be defined as affirmative action through clear words or actions that creates the mutual understandable permission of all parties to willingly engage in sexual activity and the conditions of such activity. Consent can only be given by one who has the mental and physical capacity to make such a decision, and it must be clear, knowing, and voluntary. Consent to engage in one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply to consent to engage is any other form of sexual activity. Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future sex acts. Consent can be withdrawn at any time. Consent may not be granted by a person known to be, or by one who should be known to be, mentally or physically incapacitated. It should be recognized that the lack of protest or resistance is not, in and of itself, consent and persons who are asleep, unconscious, or unable to communicate due to a mental or physical condition are not capable of granting consent.
How do I file a complaint?
Fayetteville Technical Community College has been approved by the State of North Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary education.
Students enrolled in online/ distance courses at FTCC who have a complaint about grades, college decisions, or other FTCC procedures should follow the College’s policies for Student Complaints and Grade Appeals. These procedures are listed in college’s Student Handbook (PDF format) and College Catalog (PDF format).
The Employee and Student Assistance Program (ESAP) is operated by Cape Fear Valley Health System and is a free service provided by the College for its students and employees.
The ESAP staff can collaboratively work with you to resolve issues that have begun to affect your physical and mental health. ESAP counselors are dedicated individuals with the professional training and experience required to help you identify and resolve work issues, family concerns, affects from sexual violence, and/or academic crises that have disrupted your ability to reach your highest level of personal, professional, and life satisfaction desires.
Whether it is stress, anxiety, depression, or relationship issues, ESAP counselors will listen and provide unconditional acceptance of you as a person. They will collaboratively work with you to define problem structures, generate realistic goals, and implement action-based plans to bring about desired changes in your life. Concerns and interventions are designed to help both employees and students. ESAP counselors are exempt from reporting information discussed with Counselors back to officials working at the College. To contact ESAP during regular business hours, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator at (910) 678-8373 who will assist you with a referral to the ESAP. After regular business hours, students may contact the Public Safety and Security Office at (910) 678-8433.
Title IX Resources
Title IX Requires Your School to Address Sexual Violence, Office of Civil Rights
Know Your Rights
The following off-site links may not be ADA compliant.
- American Council on Education, New Requirements Imposed by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
- Dear Colleague Letter, dated April 4, 2011: Office of Civil Rights concerning Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- Dear Colleague Letter related to Pregnancy: US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (June 25, 2013)
- Fact Sheet for Dear Colleague Letter:Sexual Violence Background, Summary, and Fast Facts, April 4, 2011
- Not Alone: Together Against Sexual Assault
- Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence: Released by the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, April 2014
- Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994
- Title IX Related Definitions