Equity, Discrimination, & Harassment

Our Commitment to Equity & Diversity

Education should belong to everyone. To nourish this inclusion, Folsom Lake College champions equity, diversity, social justice, and environmental sustainability as foundational to academic, campus, and community life. We work with the communities we serve toward just and fair inclusion into society in which all people can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We commit to equity driven decision-making, planning, and reflective processes that are responsive to the diverse identities and experiences in our community.

We seek to empower marginalized voices, nurture our many identities and social circumstances, foster cultural responsiveness, and stand against all manifestations of discrimination, including (but not limited to) those based on: ability statuses, age, ancestry, body size, citizenship/immigration status, economic status, educational status, employment status, ethnicity, food/housing insecurity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, incarceration experience, language, marital/partner status, military/veteran status, national origin, neurodiversity, political affiliation, pregnancy/reproductive status, race/racial identity, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Los Rios Community College District to implement policies to guarantee that no qualified student or prospective student or any person having an educational relationship with the District shall be unlawfully discriminated against, harassed, or excluded from any benefits, activities, or programs on the grounds of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics, or due to the association with a person or group with one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics: ethnic group identification, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth-related condition, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion or religious creed, age (over forty), national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, political affiliation or belief, military and veteran status, marital status, or conversing in a language other than English. However, students shall be required to speak English when the use of English is necessary for educational or communication purposes

Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination based on sex and is prohibited in the District/College programs and activities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 USC, sections 1681 and following (Title IX).

Where evidence of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or exclusion based on any of the statuses enumerated in this District Policy is found:

  • The District shall take appropriate steps to halt any unlawful discrimination, harassment, or exclusion and prevent its recurrence; and
  • The District shall take appropriate steps to remedy
    the effects of any unlawful discrimination, harassment, or exclusion.

Discrimination categories protected under Title 5:

  • Age
  • Ethnic Group Identification
  • Physical Disability
  • Retaliation
  • Ancestry
  • Mental Disability
  • Race
  • Sex (includes Harassment)
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation

No person shall, on the grounds of any of the categories above, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program of Folsom Lake College.

Filing a Complaint

Any individual or group who believes unlawful discrimination or harassment has been suffered is encouraged to follow the complaint procedures as set forth in Los Rios Regulation R-2423. Throughout the complaint procedures process, the college president and the college/district equity officers will take all reasonable steps to ensure confidentiality is maintained, prevent retaliation, and take action if it occurs, and insure that due process will be followed with respect to both parties. In the case of a student, it shall not affect grades, class selection, or other matters pertaining to his or her status as a student. In a situation where evidence is found that an allegation of discrimination or harassment is brought solely for the purpose of vexation, the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

In addition to complaints being filed by students or employees, complaints may be initiated by other individuals or entities, such as a family member, representative, organization, or other third party wishing to file on behalf of an individual or group alleged to have suffered unlawful discrimination or harassment. 

Contact

For more information or to file a complaint, please contact:

FLC Equity Officer
Email: equity@flc.losrios.edu
Phone: (916) 608-6752