Policies and Procedures
It is the current policy of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to maintain an environment that is free of discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. Sexual misconduct is an assault on a person's privacy and integrity. It can cause poor academic or work performance, physical illness, fear of reprisal, anxiety, and loss of self-confidence. Sexual misconduct also can affect those exposed to the situation, causing conflict in the classroom or workplace, a decline in morale, and a loss of respect for the responsible party. Information concerning an allegation of sexual misconduct will be handled in a confidential manner insofar as possible.
To comply with federal law and to safeguard our students and employees, KCTCS is enacting new policies and procedures governing KCTCS prohibition of sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. These new policies and procedures address the legal definition of those terms, the definition of consent, safe and positive options for bystander intervention, information on risk reduction, and policies and procedures should an incident of sexual misconduct occur.
Through enforcement of policy and by education of students, employees and volunteers, KCTCS seeks to prevent, correct, and discipline behavior that violates our current and new policies.
Pregnant & parenting procedures
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that protects students in all of the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs or activities of schools. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.
Title IX protects pregnant and parenting students who are experiencing medical complications due to their pregnancy; childbirth; false pregnancy; termination of pregnancy; recovery from any of these conditions; lactation; or parenting a sick child that has doctors’ appointments or that is in the hospital.
The law states that a school is required to make a reasonable accommodation for a student experiencing these circumstances including
- Giving a student a reasonable amount of time to make up missed assignments,
- Not penalizing the student for being absent from class(es), and
- Allowing the student to re-enter the school at the same academic status before a leave began.
Title IX pregnant & parenting cases are not retroactive. A school must be aware of a situation in order to respond to it. Documentation is required.
If you are experiencing medical complications due to pregnancy; childbirth; false pregnancy; termination of pregnancy; recovery from any of these conditions; lactation; or parenting a sick child that has doctors’ appointments or that is in the hospital, you need to contact your school’s Title IX coordinator, Germaine Shaffer at (606) 487-3409 ext 73409, in order to discuss your request for Title IX accommodation(s).