Northland Pioneer College's Policy 1102 Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination applies to conduct that takes place on the campus or on property owned or controlled by Northland Pioneer College and at Northland Pioneer College-sponsored events. It may also apply to off-campus and to online conduct when the Title IX Coordinator determines that the conduct affects a substantial Northland Pioneer College interest. Regardless of where the conduct occurred, the College will address all allegations to determine whether the conduct occurred in the context of its employment or educational program or activity and/or has continuing effects on campus or in an off-campus program or activity. A substantial College interest includes
- Any action that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by law. This includes, but is not limited to, single or repeat violations of any local, state, or federal law;
- Any situation in which it appears that the respondent may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of self or others;
- Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property, or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
- Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of Northland Pioneer College.
If the respondent is unknown or is not a member of Northland Pioneer College community, the Title IX Coordinator will assist the complainant in identifying appropriate campus and local resources and support options and/or, when criminal conduct is alleged, in contacting local law enforcement if the individual would like to file a police report. In addition, the College may take other actions as appropriate to protect the complainant against such third parties, such as barring the latter from College property and/or events. All vendors serving Northland Pioneer College through third-party contracts are subject to the policies and procedures of their employers or to these policies and procedures to which their employer has agreed to be bound by their contracts.
When the respondent is enrolled in or works at another Institution, the Title IX Coordinator can assist the complainant in liaising with the appropriate individual for that College, as it may be possible to allege violations through that College’s policies.
Similarly, the Title IX Coordinator may be able to be an advisor for a student or employee complainant who experiences discrimination in an externship, study abroad program, or other environment external to the College where sexual harassment policies and procedures of the facilitating organization may give recourse to the complainant. Further, even when the respondent is a not a member of the College’s community, remedies and resources can be accessed by contacting the Title IX Coordinator.
Online Harassment and Misconduct
Any online postings or other electronic communication by students, including cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, cyber-harassment, etc., occurring completely outside of the College’s control (e.g. not on College networks, websites, or between College email accounts) will only be subject to this policy when such online conduct can be shown to cause a substantial on-campus disruption. Otherwise, such communications are considered speech protected by the 1st Amendment. Remedies for such conduct will be provided, but protected speech cannot legally be subjected to discipline.
Off-campus discriminatory or harassing speech by employees, whether online or in person, may be regulated by the College only when such speech is made in an employee’s official or work-related capacity.