President's announcement: Sexual Harassment/Title IX

Campus Community -

I want to connect with all of you to reiterate WVC policies on sexual harassment. This is an important topic and one that is at the forefront of our minds recently with the #metoo movement. WVC has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment. We want to make sure that all of our students, staff and faculty have a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.  We are taking every measure possible to protect students, staff and faculty from incidents of sexual harassment or gender discrimination.

Our Human Resources department and our Title IX team are here to support you and to quickly respond to any incidents that may occur.  You can find more information on Title IX and WVC’s Sexual Harassment policy here. 

WVC will quickly and effectively investigate any allegations of sexual assault and harassment involving students, staff or faculty. We have a signed agreement with the local Wenatchee Police Department and there is an agreement with the Omak Police Department pending.  These signed agreements are best practice to respond to incidents and also coordinate with local law enforcement for sexual assault and harassment incidents. You can report sexual harassment or assault to any faculty or staff who will contact the appropriate people or you may fill out an incident report form here.

If you feel unsafe or would like to speak with someone please do not hesitate to reach out to our counseling staff at 509-682-6850. We have counselors available in Omak and Wenatchee.

Thank you. I look forward to working together as a college community to create a safe environment free from sexual harassment for all students, staff and faculty. To learn more about our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and resources view the website.

Sincerely,

Jim Richardson, Ph.D.
President, Wenatchee Valley College

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