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Lawson State is committed to providing all students and employees with a safe and healthy working and learning environment.  The College has Zero Tolerance for Discrimination (of any kind), Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence or Bullying.  Title IX is the Law.  Understand It and Report It.  Use this resource page to learn more about how to report such incidents to Lawson State and authorities and what support resources are available for assistance.


Title IX: The Law:

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights' has clarified that sexual harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault and sexual violence. These are all violations of civil rights laws and constitute discrimination under Title IX for students and employees in educational institutions: “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 program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  20 U.S.C. § 1681(a). Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights' has clarified that sexual harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault and sexual violence. These are all violations of civil rights laws and constitute discrimination under Title IX for students and employees in educational institutions: “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 program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  20 U.S.C. § 1681(a).

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibit discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity that receives financial support from the Federal government. In addition to prohibiting discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual assault, Title IX also prohibits retaliation against individuals who complain about or participate in an investigation regarding an alleged Title IX violation. Title IX is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Employees are also covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Click here  to view an online Title IX Fact Sheet.
Lawson State and Title IX

In compliance with Title IX, Lawson State does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities or in its employment. It is Lawson State’s goal to maintain an environment that is free from all forms of illegal harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual coercion, rape, bullying, and hazing. Please Lawson State's Student Handbook which outlines these policies against harassment of any kind on the campus of Lawson State or during any official Lawson State sponsored event. 


Lawson State's Title IX Coordinators & Reporting Title IX Incidents

Lawson State Community College has both a Title IX Coordinator and a Title IX Deputy Coordinator.   In investigating complaints, the Title IX Coordinator and the Deputy Title IX Coordinator work with Senior Level Administrators to investigate all Title IX complaints.  All inquiries concerning the application of policies for the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual violence under Title IX should be reported immediately through Lawson State's online (24/7) Complaint/Incident Reporting System.  When a Title IX Complaint is filed involving sexual harassment, sexual violence, bullying, etc...,Lawson State Coordinators are immediately alerted college-wide.  Students:  For more information on Lawson State Complaint Process, refer to the Student Handbook or for the abridged version of the process, you can refer to the college's Complaint website.  Employees:  Refer to the Employee Complaint page on Lawson's website.

STUDENTS:
Step1:
File Your Complaint Here:  Complaint/Incident Reporting System.
Step 2: Contact Mr. Darren Allen
Acting Dean of Students
Title IX Coordinator (handles all Title IX Student Complaints, including Athletics)
Lawson State Community College
Employees: Contact the Title IX Coordinator: 
Voice:  (205) 929-6361 ((be sure to use the "Click Here" notification first before calling)
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

EMPLOYEES:
Step1: File Your Complaint Here:  Complaint/Incident Reporting System
Step 2:
Contact Mrs. Janice McGee
Human Resources Director
Title IX Deputy Coordinator (handles all Title IX Employee Complaints)
Lawson State Community College
Employees: Contact the Title IX Deputy Coordinator:
Voice:  (205) 205-929-6313 (be sure to use the "Click Here" notification first before calling)
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

The Title IX Coordinators at Lawson State provides advice and oversight on policies, preventive educational programs, resources and services required under Title IX, and in addition, oversees all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as identifies and addresses any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of complaints. 


How to Report a Title IX Incident (in Two Clicks):

Lawson State has a multitude of ways in which a student can report a Title IX complaint.  The fastest and most immediate away is to go to Lawson State's website at www.lawsonstate.edu and click on Quick Links.  From there, you can click on any Title IX link, and you will be immediately directed (in one click) to the reporting page.  Once you file a Title IX complaint, the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator will be immediately alerted.  When filing your complaint online, be sure to include a correct phone number and email address.  If you do not have means to a computer, contact one of the Coordinators above for assistance in filing your complaint.  Links to file a complaint are also under the following areas of the website (beyond the Quick Links page):  Employee Portal, Student Portal, Current Students, Student Services, and Athletics. 

               

Want to File Your Complaint Now Before Talking to a Coordinator?  You Can.  Click the Appropriate Link Below.

Title IX:  Report a Sexual Assault

Title IX:  Report Sexual Harassment

Title IX:  Report Harassment

Title IX:  Report Bullying

Title IX:  Report a Retaliation Claim

Title IX:  Report Any Other Title IX Violation


Counseling & Support Resources

It is the policy of Lawson State Community College that regardless of sex, no person on our campus shall be harassed, stalked, threatened or physically, sexually or emotionally abused.  All such incidents should be immediately be reported to a Lawson State (as outlined above) for immediate and swift action to be sought against the alleged perpetrator and the matter fully investigated and/or referred to the appropriate authorities.

The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Rape
Call the 24-hour YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline
Alabama Network of Children's Advocacy Centers
Child Abuse Reports
Child Support Services
Child Protect, Inc.
Victim Compensation Program
Victim Rights Information
Volunteer Lawyers Program
Legal Services Corp of Alabama
800-650-6522
334-264-0123
205-322-9922
888-848-3468
334-242-9500
334-242-9300
334-262-1220
800-541-9388
800-626-7676
334-269-1515
334-832-4570

Links to Resources from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights:

Reporting Options:

If you have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence, you have resources and reporting options. If an incident occurs to you or you know of an incident, please immediately contact at least one of the following people/offices:

Lawson State Police Department (Birmingham Campus): 205-929-6317
Lawson State Police Department (Bessemer Campus): 205-929-3509 or 205-929-6308

Police (Birmingham)
Central Headquarters
Phone: 205-254-1700

Police (Bessemer)
(205) 424-4060

Lawson State (Title IX Director for Student Complaints):  Mr. Darren Allen, Acting Dean of Students, (205) 929-6361; Email: dallen@lawsonstate.edu
Lawson State: (Title IX Director for Employee Complaints):  Mrs. Janice McGee,  Human Resources Director, (205) 929-6361; Email: jmcgee@lawsonstate.edu 


Discrimination Complaint Investigations

Lawson State investigates all complaints, including discrimination, which is covered by Title IX.  Discrimination as well as harassment, sexual harassment and retaliation are highlighted on Lawson State's Complaint website and it is also addressed in the Student Handbook

Lawson State prides itself in providing for all students and employees a safe and comfortable working and learning environment  and encourages anyone who experiences sexual harassment or violence in connection with all academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs of the school to report their incident, whether those programs take place in a school’s facilities or off campus. 

Lawson State's provides for prompt and equitable investigation of complaints alleging violations of Title IX. Retaliation against complainants is prohibited by Title IX and will not be tolerated by Lawson State.  In fact, Retaliation, like Discrimination, is addressed in the Student Handbook and on the College's Complaint website.  Lawson State takes all complaints seriously and  is committed to resolving complaints with a prompt, equitable, adequate, reliable and impartial investigation. 


Related Resources and Support Information (Alabama)


National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
National Domestic Violence Hotline (TTY):  1-800-787-3224

Clay House Children's Center
Crisis Center (Birmingham)
Child Protective Services
Court Advocates
Domestic Violence Center (Vestavia)
Ensley Family Shelter
Family Court
Family Violence Center
Gateway
Impact Family Counseling
Jewish Family Services (Homewood)
Jewish Family Services (Mountain Brook)
Legal Services
Oasis Counseling Center
Prescott House
Project SAFE
St Mary's Center For Women
Univ. of Alabama Victim Advocate
YMCA Domestic Violence Services
205-481-4155
205-323-7777
205-324-2135
205-521-9650
205-823-9939
205-780-2020
205-325-5466
205-322-4878
205-328-6010
205-916-0123
205-879-0579
205-879-3438
205-328-3540
205-933-0338
205-930-3622
205-780-6127
205-322-6854
205-348-5454
205-322-4878