Palm Beach State College is committed to an academic and working environment free from harassment and discrimination.  If you have experienced any type of harassment or discrimination, including sexual violence, it is important to know your rights.
  #1 - Your safety is top priority.  Find a place you feel safe and secure. 
  #2 - File a report at the College with the Dean of Student Services, Equity Officer or Title IX Coordinator. 
  #3 - Confidential services can be sought out in the Counseling Center (561-868-3980).

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Title IX Prohibits sex-based discrimination in higher education, with this language:  “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.”

Clery Act The “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act,” renamed in memory of slain student Jeanne Clery, requires postsecondary institutions to disclose campus crime statistics and security information.

Campus SaVE Act Part of the Cleary Act, expands rights of those affected by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on a college campus.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) In 2014, the final regulations for the amendments to the Clery Act were published by the Department of Education. The regulations expand rights afforded to campus survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

U.S. Department of Education "Know Your Rights" webpage

 

The College has a duty to:

Respond promptly and effectively

Provide interim protective measures and reasonable accommodations

Conduct an adequate, reliable, timely and impartial investigation

Offer information about confidential support services

Explain the reporting obligations of College employees

Disclose information only to individuals who are responsible for handling the College’s response to sexual violence

Publish procedures for resolving complaints of sex discrimination

Afford prompt and equitable resolutions

Ensure awareness of Title IX rights and any available resources

Publicize the contact information for the Title IX Coordinator

Resolve any complaint based on preponderance-of-the-evidence standard of proof

Inform parties of the appeal process

Notify parties of any updates or delays regarding the investigation

Offer bystander, prevention and awareness programs

 

You have the right to:

  • report the incident to the College.
  • be treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity.
  • a fair and impartial investigation.
  • choose to report an incident of sexual violence to campus or local law enforcement.
  • request a student advocate or have an independent advocate present.
  • be notified of the timeframes for all major stages of the investigation.
  • present witnesses and evidence.
  • not have to “work it out” with the alleged perpetrator in mediation.
  • report any retaliation by College employees, the alleged perpetrator, and other students.
  • have any proceedings documented, which may include written findings of fact, transcripts or audio recordings.
  • be notified in writing of the outcome of a complaint & any appeal, including any sanctions directly related to you.
  • file an appeal.

 


Students who believe they are the victims of sexual harassment or assault should see the dean of students. Students may also file a report at their campus Security Office.

   Security Office  Dean Of Students
Belle Glade (561) 993-1120 (561) 993-1131
Boca Raton (561) 862-4600 (561) 862-4310
Lake Worth (561) 868-3600 (561) 868-3055
Palm Beach Gardens (561) 207-5600 (561) 207-5325

 

Helpful Resources

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (800) 355-8547
Alcoholics Anonymous (561) 276-4581
Center for Family Services (800) 404-7960
Department of Children & Families (800) 962-2873
Drug Abuse Foundation (561) 278-0000
Legal Aid (561) 655-8944
Victim Compensation (800) 226-6667
Rape Crisis Violent Crime Hotline (561) 833-7273
                                   Toll-free 24/7 (866) 891-7273
RAINN.org (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

 

A complaint form can be submitted online at  OCR Complaint Form

U.S. Department of Education "Know Your Rights" webpage

PBSC Student Handbook

District Board of Trustees Board Policy: Harassment Policy Including Sexual Harassment and Complaint Procedures for  all Types of Harassment or Discrimination

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Rights and Resources Brochure (PDF)

 


Contact Information

Title IX Coordinator
Mareta Iosia-Sizemore

E-mail: iosiasm@palmbeachstate.edu

Tel:  561-868-3277
Fax: 561-868-3141

If you want to learn more about your rights, or if you believe that the College is violating federal law, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov