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
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.”
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.
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.
|Campus||Security Office Phone Number||Dean of Students Phone Number|
|Palm Beach Gardens||561-207-5600||561-207-5325|
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
Legal Assistance/FCASV 850-297-2000
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
District Board of Trustees Board Policy: Harassment Policy Including Sexual Harassment and Complaint Procedures for all Types of Harassment or Discrimination
Title IX Coordinator
Phone (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.