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WAC 495D-300-030

Formal procedure.

Employees and students must make a written complaint concerning discriminatory behavior to the affirmative action officer or designee.
(1) Complaints will be held in confidence. No action against the person accused will ordinarily be taken on behalf of the complainant unless the complainant consents to be identified to the one accused in connection with the investigation, although the college reserves all rights to take appropriate corrective measures regardless of actions of the complainant.
(2) The complainant may bring a person of his or her choice to the initial or subsequent complaint meetings.
(3) The affirmative action officer or designee shall give a copy of these regulations and any applicable board policy to the person making the formal complaint and to the accused.
(4) The result of that consultation and any investigation made will be communicated to the complainant before any further action is taken. The affirmative action officer or designee will be responsible for investigating the complaint and discussing the complaint with the complainant and the accused.
(5) The affirmative action officer will make a written report and/or recommendation to the appointing authority or appropriate disciplinary authority within a reasonable time following the close of the investigation or meeting. An informal meeting may be substituted for investigation if the complainant and the accused agree.
(6) Appropriate corrective measures, if any, will be decided by the appointing disciplinary authority upon consultation with the affirmative action officer and the appropriate administrators and consistent with applicable bargained agreement provisions and state statutes. If an accused employee or student disagrees with the determination or appropriateness of the corrective measures, that individual may contest those measures through any available faculty or classified grievance procedures, if they are covered by a bargained agreement, or the student disciplinary code.
(7) In the absence of an applicable grievance procedure under a collective bargaining agreement, the accused employee or student may, within thirty days of the corrective measure(s), file with the executive vice president for instruction or vice president for administrative services a written request for adjudication. That vice president shall meet with the employee or student to determine whether the matter should be heard as a regular or brief adjudicative proceeding. That vice president shall be the presiding officer for the proceeding.
(8) The presiding officer may affirm, modify, or reverse the corrective measure(s).
(9) The decision of the presiding officer shall be final unless, within twenty-one days after it is served, a party files with the president a written request for administrative review or the president or designee decides to conduct such review.
(10) Information will be entered in the personnel or student file only to the extent that a formal reprimand or other disciplinary action has been taken. If no disciplinary action is taken, the affirmative action officer will keep a record of the investigation accessible to the president, the complainant and the accused for a period of three years and then that record will be destroyed. If a formal complaint is filed with an outside state or federal agency, files will be maintained until the complaint is resolved. When such files are used, written notice will be placed in the file indicating the person using the file and the date used.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. WSR 92-15-081, ยง 495D-300-030, filed 7/16/92, effective 8/16/92.]
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