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Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

It is the policy of the College to provide a work and study environment that is free of sexual harassment and discrimination. The policy and procedures on sexual harassment and discrimination are in PACCD Policies 2200 and 2230 and Procedures 2230.10 and are available in the Human Resources Office (C204). The Policies and Procedures can also be found at www.pasadena.edu/ipro/policies/pcc2230 and www.pasadena.edu/ipro/policies/pcc 2200.


Pasadena City College Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the College to provide a work and study environment free of sexual harassment. All students and District employees should be aware that the College prohibits any conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and will take disciplinary measures to ensure compliance. All complaints will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

Managers and supervisors have an obligation to maintain a positive and productive work and study environment for students and employees. They are expected to halt any harassment by calling attention to this policy or, if necessary, by taking more direct disciplinary action. When a situation involving sexual harassment is discovered, corrective action must be taken immediately.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s continuation or a grade in a class or other activity; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for an employee’s decision affecting such an individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive study environment.

   Individuals who experience sexual harassment are encouraged to make it clear to the offending party that such behavior is offensive and contrary to College policy. If the behavior continues, it should be brought to the attention of an appropriate supervisor, dean or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, Associate Dean of Counseling, Dean of Human Resources, Section 504 coordinator, or Title IX officer. The Student Grievance Procedure also may be used. 


The full policy, definitions and procedures are available from the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Room C204, (626) 585-7388.


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity


Pasadena Area Community College District is committed to the protection of all members of the College community from violation of human rights and discrimination. The Board of Trustees has adopted a policy and procedure pursuant to Government Code 11135 et. seq. to ensure that its programs and activities are available to all persons without regard to ethnic group identification, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, color, physical or mental disability. For more specific information on this policy, please contact the Dean of Human Resources in the Human Resources Office, Room C204, (626) 585-7388.

The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the College’s vocational education programs.

El distrito de Pasadena Area Community College se compromete a proteger todos los miembros de la comunidad de Pasadena City College de violaciones a los derechos humanos y discriminación. La Junta Directiva del colegio ha adoptado la politica según el código gubernamental, comenzando con la sección numero 11135, de ofrecer a la comunidad sus programas y actividades sin distinción de raza, religión, edad, genero, color, y/o impedimento mental o físico. Para más información acerca de esta politica, favor de dirigirse al Director de Recursos Humanos en la oficína encargada de Recursos Humanos, edeficio C, cuarto 204, (626) 585-7388.

La falta de habilidad en inglés no impedirá admisión y participación en los programas de educación vocacional de College.


Academic Regulations

Academic Freedom

Policy No. 3100: It is the policy of the Pasadena Area Community College District that academic freedom is a right enjoyed by all members of the Pasadena City College community: faculty (tenured, non-tenured, and adjunct), students, classified and administrative staff, and Trustees. Academic freedom is defined as the freedom to teach and learn in an atmosphere of free inquiry and expression. The right to academic freedom, however, cannot be separated from the equally important responsibility, which each individual has, to uphold professional ethics or, in the case of students, to abide by the Policy on Student Conduct and Academic Honesty.

The District encourages and supports a healthy and constructive debate of campus issues, and respects the right of all members of the Pasadena City College community to freely evaluate, criticize, and/or advocate personal points of view regarding such issues. However, every member of the College community also has the right to work and study in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.

The right to academic freedom shall be protected and supported through the establishment and use, when necessary, of appropriate due process procedures.


Student Conduct and Academic Honesty

Policy No. 4520: It is the policy of the Pasadena Area Community College District that PCC seeks to maintain a safe, orderly, and constructive campus environment in which there is freedom to learn and respect for the dignity of all members of the College community. Students are expected to be responsible, honest, and non-violent in exercising their rights to free inquiry and free speech.

The Student Conduct Code identifies conduct that is prohibited by College policy. Students who violate the Student Conduct Code will be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Discipline Process Procedures. Disciplinary sanctions depend on the nature of the offense, the past pattern of behavior of the student, and other relevant factors. In addition, student drug or alcohol offenses or other criminal acts, may be referred to law enforcement officials.


Grievance and Complaint Procedures

The purpose of this procedure is to provide a prompt and equitable means of resolving student grievances. These procedures shall be available to any student who reasonably believes a College decision or action has adversely affected his or her status, rights or privileges as a student. Student grievance resolution information is found in the Manual for Student Conduct, Due Process, and Dispute Resolution. Students may obtain a copy of this manual from the Vice President of Student and Learning Services Office in Room L112.

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* To the best of our knowledge, this information matches the printed catalog. The printed catalog is the authoritative source.