Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Virginia Community College System and Mountain Empire Community College to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons without regard to  race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, gender, age, or sexual orientation and for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. This policy permits appropriate employment preference for veterans. This institution promotes and maintains educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, ethnicity, religion, gender, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors.  This institution prohibits sexual harassment including sexual violence. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, student misconduct or equity issues based on gender: Ron Vicars, Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding employee misconduct or equity issues: Pam Giles, Human Resource Manager. For more information, contact 276.523.2400, 3441 Mountain Empire Rd., Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219. Virginia relay users dial 711.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 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.”

Policy on Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Mountain Empire Community College is committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination based on any status protected by law. This policy supplements the following general policy statement set forth by the Virginia Community College System: This institution promotes and maintains educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, ethnicity, religion, gender, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors.

Notice of Non-discrimination

As a recipient of federal funds, Mountain Empire Community College is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities, admission and employment. Under certain circumstances, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and similar conduct constitute sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services has been appointed by the President to serve MECC as Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Concerns

Contact TitleIX@mecc.edu or contact:

TITLE IX COORDINATOR
Ron Vicars,
Vice President – Financial and Administrative Services
Godwin Hall (G136)
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Telephone: (276) 523-7478
E-mail: rvicars@mecc.edu

ASSISTANT TITLE IX COORDINATOR – EMPLOYEES
Pam Giles,
Human Resources Manager
Godwin Hall (G137)
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Telephone: 276-523-2400, ext. 212
Fax: 276-523-8257
Email: pgiles@mecc.edu

Retaliation

Any form of retaliation, including intimidation, threats, harassment, and other adverse action taken or threatened against any complainant or person reporting a complaint alleging a violation of the college’s POLICY ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DATING VIOLENCE, AND STALKING, or any person cooperating in the investigation of allegations of violations of the policy, to include testifying, assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation pursuant to the policy and the resolution procedures is strictly prohibited. Retaliation may result in disciplinary or other action independent of the sanctions or interim measures imposed in response to the underlying allegations of violations of the policy.