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Discrimination Complaint Procedure

MCC, in its continuing commitment to equal opportunity in education and employment, has adopted a complaint procedure for the prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of allegations of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, predisposing genetic characteristics, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, or marital status. Harassment is one form of unlawful discrimination on the basis of the above protected categories.

The discrimination complaint procedure may be used by any student or employee who feels that he or she has been a victim of harassment. Employee grievance procedures established through negotiated contracts and academic grievance procedures will continue to operate independent of this process.

The process consists of three steps designed to address and resolve complaints of discrimination by any member of the College community.

Step 1: Informal Resolution. This step involves an attempt to resolve the matter at the department level and may involve the assistance of the Affirmative Action Officer. Any complaint of discrimination that is received by College personnel must immediately be reported to the Affirmative Action Officer.

Step 2: Formal Complaint Procedure.This step is initiated by the filing of a formal complaint with the College’s Affirmative Action Officer. Upon receipt of the complaint, a formal investigation will be conducted by a tripartite panel in conjunction with the College’s Affirmative Action Officer and Chief Diversity Officer. The panel will then issue a summary of its findings and recommendation for addressing the complaint.

Step 3: Final Determination on Complaint. If after receipt of the panel’s findings and recommendations, the President or designee shall issue a written statement regarding the action to be taken in response to the complaint. The determination of the President will be final.