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*LWTech encourages all employees to report any instance of bullying behavior they have experienced or witnessed to their supervisor or the college HR Director.
Who May File a Complaint
Any employee, applicant, student or visitor of LWTech may file a complaint. Complaints may be submitted in writing or verbally. LWTech encourages the timely reporting of any incidents of discrimination or harassment. For complainants who wish to submit a written complaint, a formal complaint form is available online at:
Hardcopies of the complaint form are available at the locations listed above in Section A. Any person submitting a discrimination complaint shall be provided with a written copy of the college’s anti-discrimination policies and procedures.
Confidentiality and Right to Privacy
LWTech will seek to protect the privacy of the complainant, respondent, and all other parties involved, to the full extent possible, consistent with the legal obligation to investigate, take appropriate remedial and/or disciplinary action, and comply with the federal and state law, as well as District policies and procedures. Determinations regarding how to handle requests for confidentiality will be made by the Title IX / EEO Coordinator.
Although LWTech will attempt to honor complainants’ requests for confidentiality, it cannot guarantee complete confidentiality.
Confidentiality Requests and Sexual Violence Complaints
The Title IX / EEO Coordinator will inform and obtain consent from the complainant before commencing an investigation into a sexual violence complaint. If a sexual violence complainant asks that their name not be revealed to the respondent or that the College not investigate the allegation, the Title IX / EEO Coordinator will inform the complainant that maintaining confidentiality may limit the college’s ability to fully respond to the allegations and that retaliation by the respondent and/or others is prohibited. If the complainant still insists that - their name not be disclosed or that the college not investigate, the Title IX /EEO Coordinator will determine whether the college can honor the request and at the same time maintain a safe and non- discriminatory environment for all members of the district’s community, including the complainant. Factors to be weighed during this determination may include, but are not limited to:
• the seriousness of the alleged sexual violence;
• the age of the complainant;
• whether the sexual violence was perpetrated with a weapon;
• whether the respondent has a history of committing acts of sexual violence or has been
the subject of other sexual violence complaints;
• whether the respondent threatened to commit additional acts of sexual violence against
the complainant or others; and
• whether relevant evidence can be obtained through other means (e.g., security cameras,
other witnesses, physical evidence).
If the college is unable to honor a complainant’s request for confidentiality, the Title IX / EEO Coordinator will notify the complainant of the decision within 10 days and ensure that complainant’s identity is disclosed only to the extent reasonably necessary to effectively conduct and complete the investigation.
If the college decides not to conduct an investigation or take disciplinary action because of a request for confidentiality, the Title IX / EEO Coordinator will evaluate whether other measures are available to limit the effects of the harassment and prevent its recurrence and implement such measures if reasonably feasible.

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