Title IX

Title IX

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  • Any person may file a Title IX or other civil rights complaint day or night, by phone or email as indicated below.

Know of a concerning behavior, incident, or other concern you would like to report?

File a report

To report sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, as well as any other form of discrimination, you can complete the report on this page or contact Josh Vollendorf, Director of Compliance/Title IX, ADA, and Clery Coordinator, at vollendorfj@gtc.edu, 262-564-3062, Administration Center (Kenosha Campus), AD105.

As a member of the Gateway Technical College community, Title IX protects you from discrimination based on sex throughout your educational journey. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that states:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

This means while at Gateway Technical College, you are protected from all forms of sex discrimination and harassment, whether you are a student, employee, contractor, guest or visitor. We are dedicated to providing an education and employment environment free from all forms of illegal harassment and discrimination.

Gateway’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights provides support services, investigations, and resolution options without regard to the legal status of the parties or witnesses and does not report immigration status to immigration authorities.

Definitions of Sexual Harassment and other forms of sex discrimination

Find definitions for behaviors prohibited by Gateway’s police and/or Title IX on our Title IX - Behavior Definitions page.

The Title IX Grievance Process

Allegations of sexual harassment, as defined in policy H:110 - Equal Opportunity, Civil Rights, and Sexual Harassment, are processed under our Title IX Grievance Procedure.

User Guide to the Gateway’s Sex/Gender Discrimination & Harassment Resolution Processes

Below is an overview of the process.

Incident

An allegation is made by the Complainant against a Respondent(s) which alleged a violation of our Equal Opportunity, Civil Rights, and Sexual Harassment policy, specifically, a claim of sexual harassment. Other civil rights allegations and allegations that do not meet the definition of sexual harassment under Title IX are addressed under a different procedure (H-120: Equity Resolution Procedure). All allegations that are dismissed under Title IX can be appealed if they meet certain requirements.

Notice

All parties receive a notice of the allegations with sufficient details, including the name of the Complainant and an overview of the allegation(s). This notice informs the Respondent(s) that they are presumed innocent until the completion of the Grievance Procedure.

Investigation and Report

A trained investigator or a team of two investigators will be assigned to investigate the allegations. Investigators are required to be free of bias and conflict of interest in how they conduct the investigation. The investigation includes interviews with witnesses, including those proffered by the parties, as well as those determined by the investigator(s). Evidence is also collected and may include social media posts, messages, and other forms of physical evidence. Upon completion of the investigation, a report is written. Each party reviewed the draft report and all evidence which is then incorporated into a final report.

Hearing

A live hearing is conducted by an administrative law judge (ALJ) who is an employee of the Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals (DHA). During the hearing, the ALJ will ask questions of the parties and investigator(s) and the party’s advisors must conduct cross-examination of the other party and witnesses. The ALJ considers the relevance of all questions prior to them being asked and makes a ruling on the relevance of any evidence.

Appeal

Any party can appeal a final outcome if it meets the requirement for an appeal and is filed timely. An appeal is not a rehearing of the case or a disagreement with an outcome, but involves specific technical issues in how the case was managed, investigated, or resolved.