Title IX Compliance

Equal Opportunity & Non-discrimination

Western Nebraska Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or gender, age, disability, marital status, military veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity, or political affiliation, in its policies, practices, and activities related to employment, admissions, educational services/programming, student services/activities, or financial aid; as expressly prescribed by institutional policy, state and federal laws, regulations, and executive orders.

About Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational institution that receives federal funding. Western Nebraska Community College strictly prohibits any form of sexual harassment, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. All reported incidents will be thoroughly investigated and those found responsible dealt with as necessary, whether criminally charged or handled through WNCC's Sexual Harassment Grievance and Investigation Procedure. College policy also prohibits retaliation against a person for reporting sexual harassment, or participating in the investigation or resolution of such a complaint.

Who is covered by Title IX?

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. All students, faculty and staff at WNCC are protected by Title IX in all aspects of WNCC’s educational programs and activities. All forms of sexual harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are violations of Title IX and prohibited by WNCC.

Complaints under Title IX at WNCC

Students: If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to sexual harassment under Title IX, you may report such harassment or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator.

Employees: If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to sexual harassment under Title IX, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you can do so with the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

In accordance with Title IX regulations, WNCC has a designated Title IX coordinator. This person is responsible for tracking and monitoring incidents of sexual harassment, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking to ensure WNCC responds effectively to each complaint, and where necessary, for conducting investigations of particular situations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to:

Kathy Ault, Title IX Coordinator
Human Resources
1601 E. 27th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: 308.635.6350
Fax: 308.635.6161

In addition, Institutional Officers listed below are designated as Title IX Deputy Coordinators and may be contacted for assistance:

  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Ryan Burgner, Athletic Director, WNCC 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE, 69361 308.635.6798 or burgnerr@wncc.edu
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Norman Coley, Jr., Dean of Students, WNCC 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE, 69361, 308.635.6186 or coleyn@wncc.edu
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Paula Abbott, Partnerships & Inclusion Executive Director, WNCC 371 College Drive, Sidney, Nebraska 69162 308.254.7404 or abbottp@wncc.edu
  • Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Lisa Gion, HR Generalist, WNCC 1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361 308.635.6105 or gionl0@wncc.edu

Who enforces Title IX?

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. The Office for Civil Rights may be reached at:
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Suite 320, Kansas City, MO 64106. 816.268.0550

Information regarding OCR can be found here.

Failure to comply with Title IX

The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, institutions may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at WNCC, the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance are listed under Contact Information.

Other Resources 

BP-720 Equal Opportunity Employer/Non-Discrimination
Appendix A-1-12 Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation Complaint Operating Procedure

Board Policy BP-721 – Sexual Harassment Policy (Regulatory Policy Standards)
Sexual Harassment Grievance and Investigation Procedure

WNCC Title IX Training - August 2020
WNCC Title IX Advisor Training - August 2020
ATIXA Training Materials