In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes harassment, the investigator will consider the record as a whole and all relevant circumstances. The investigator will make a complete investigation in a timely manner. Upon concluding the investigation, the investigator will submit a written summary of the investigative files and a recommendation for appropriate resolution of the complaint to the president.
Within five working days after reviewing the investigator's report, the president will make a determination and will advise the accused and the complainant of the decision, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) If there appears to be a sufficient foundation for the allegation, the options may include a verbal and/or written reprimand, demotion, suspension or referral to the Grays Harbor College dismissal review committee or the Washington state department of personnel in cases of recommended dismissal. A summary of all action taken to resolve the complaint will be entered into the accused's personnel file or the employment/volunteer application file.
(2) If there appears to be an inadequate foundation for the complaint, no record of the allegation will be made in the personnel records or the employee/volunteer application files of either the accused or the complainant. Malicious or dishonest allegations may justify disciplinary action against the complainant.
Appeals by faculty members will be referred to the board of trustees. Appeals by classified personnel will be heard by a hearing officer of the personnel appeals board.
A summary of all harassment investigations will be retained in the equity resource director's files.
It shall be the responsibility of the college president to provide written complaint investigation guidelines as administrative procedures for the college.
If desired, inquiries or appeals beyond the institution level may be directed to:
(a) United States Equal Opportunity Commission, 2815 Second Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121.
(b) The Washington State Human Rights Commission, 711 South Capitol Way, Suite 402, P.O. Box 42490, Olympia, WA 98504-2490. Phone (360) 753-6770 or 1-800-233
(c) United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 1915 Second Avenue, Room 3310, Seattle, WA 98174-1099.