The College is committed to providing a safe and respectful educational and employment environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and misconduct on the basis of sex, which includes sexual orientation or gender-related identity.
Sexual discrimination is discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender-related identity. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual violence.
At McHenry County College, the Title IX Coordinator oversees the College’s response to all complaints alleging sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct which involve a College student as the victim and/or complainant or as the respondent.
Incident report forms are also located in the Student Conduct Office, A252, or by contacting the MCC Title IX Coordinator, Angelina Castillo (815) 455-8738.
Copies of the policy and procedures are also available in the Student Life office, A252.
Most importantly, if you feel you are a victim of sexual harassment, misconduct or violence:
- Do not blame yourself for being harassed. People do not bring sexual harassment upon themselves or “deserve” to be harassed.
- Do not ignore the harassment, hoping it will go away. This is a common victim reaction, but is not an effective way to deal with a sexual harassment incident.
- Do not keep it to yourself. You are very likely not the only victim, and by speaking up, you may help others as well as yourself.
- Do not delay. Harassment is likely to continue if you delay. MCC policy and procedures strongly urge that a formal complaint be filed with the Student Conduct Officer.