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FAQs: Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Scope of the Title IX Office

What does the Scripps Title IX Office oversee?

The Scripps Title IX Office oversees compliance with the Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy. Since its implementation on August 14, 2020, the Scripps Title IX Office also oversees Scripps’s compliance with The Claremont Colleges Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy.

Who does the Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy apply to?

The Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy applies to all College students, staff, and faculty, as well as some third parties, such as campus visitors and vendors, who may have contact with Scripps community members either on the Scripps campus or at Scripps programs and events.

What does the Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy cover?

The Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy addresses reports of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care leave status, veteran’s status, or any other category protected by law. These aspects of someone’s identity are what we call Protected Classes.

The Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy also addresses reports of harassment which are not based on a Protected Class.

*One form of Harassment is Sexual Harassment, which is addressed by either the Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy or The Claremont Colleges Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy. To learn more about how Scripps addresses sexual misconduct, visit the Scripps Title IX webpages or contact the Scripps Title IX Coordinator by emailing titleix@scrippscollege.edu

What is discrimination?

Discrimination means treating an individual or members of a Protected Class less favorably because of their membership in that class or having a policy or practice that has a disproportionately adverse impact on Protected Class members.

How does Scripps define harassment?

Prohibited harassment is conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or academic environment, or that interferes with work or academic performance. Such conduct must be 1) offensive to the individual complaining of harassment and offensive to a reasonable person, and 2) be so persistent, repetitive, pervasive, or severe that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, abusive, or hostile educational, employment, or living environment.

What are some examples of harassment?

  • Threatening a person
  • Physically blocking a person’s movement about campus
  • Derogatory or hostile comments repeatedly directed at another person
  • Inciting others to direct hostile or derogatory comments at another person
  • Comments on personal appearance, personal behavior, or a person’s body
  • Online or social media activity creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or academic environment, or that interferes with work or academic performance

What happens if a Respondent is a student, staff, or faculty member at another institution at the Claremont Colleges?

If a Respondent is a student, staff, or faculty member at another institution at the Claremont Colleges, the Scripps Title IX Coordinator will remain the primary point of contact for the Scripps Complainant and will assist the Complainant in navigating courses of action that fall within the scope of another institution’s policy.

Identity-Based Discrimination and Harassment

Where do I report harassment that isn’t sexual in nature?

The Scripps Title IX Office addresses reports of discrimination and harassment, including those that are not sexual in nature. The Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy addresses both discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of a Protected Class and general harassment.

What is a Protected Class?

A class of persons who are protected under applicable federal or state laws against discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition condition, family care leave status, veteran’s status, or any other category protected by law.

What on-campus identity-based support resources are available?

General Harassment

Where do I report general harassment?

In addition to addressing discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of an individual’s membership in a Protected Class and Sexual Harassment, the Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy also addresses general harassment.

Multiple and Intersecting Forms of Discrimination and/or Harassment

What is an “intersectional” identity?

Intersectionality is a term that was originally coined in 1989 by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, an American lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and scholar. The term has been popularized in the last few years to describe how race, class, gender, and other individual characteristics “intersect” with one another and overlap. The term has been used to refer to how a single aspect of an individual’s identity does not exist in a vacuum. We all belong to Protected Classes, and sometime when someone experiences discrimination and/or harassment, the conduct is prohibited on the basis of more than one Protected Class to which someone belongs.

What happens if I feel like I’m being discriminated against and/or harassed on the basis of more than one Protected Class?

When a member of the Scripps community wishes to report discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of more than one Protected Class, they will submit a single report. Individuals are not required to file a formal complaint and may choose from other options, such as solely seeking support resources, requesting educational conversations, or pursuing an alternative resolution process. If an individual would like to file a formal complaint, a single investigation will occur in which an investigator analyzes whether a Respondent has more likely than not violated any of the applicable sections of the Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

What happens if I’m experiencing both discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of one or more Protected Class(es) and Sexual Harassment?

When a member of the Scripps community wishes to report Sexual Harassment and discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of one or more Protected Class(es), they will submit a single report. Individuals are not required to file a formal complaint and may choose from other options, such as solely seeking support resources, requesting educational conversations, or pursing an alternative resolution process. If an individual would like to file a formal complaint, a single investigation will occur in which an investigator analyzes whether a Respondent has more likely than not violated any of the applicable sections of the Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

How does the TCC Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy impact the reporting process?

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued new regulations that more narrowly defined Sexual Harassment for the purposes of Title IX and created new requirements for how education institutions must respond to reports of Sexual Harassment. In response, the Claremont Colleges, with the exception of KGI, jointly implemented a new Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy. Behavior that falls outside the scope of the new TCC Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy may still be addressed through other applicable policies of the Respondent’s home institution. If a Scripps Respondent is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct that falls within the scope of the new TCC Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy, the complaint will be investigated under the grievance procedures of the TCC Policy. If the Scripps Respondent is also alleged to have engaged in identity-based or general discrimination and harassment, Scripps will request that the investigator also evaluate whether the Respondent more likely than not violated the applicable section of the Scripps Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

*When alleged sexual misconduct falls within the scope of the TCC Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy, the Scripps Title IX Coordinator will continue to serve as the primary point of contact for Scripps community members.