Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity

SMC's Nondiscrimination Policy


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Santa Monica College is committed to building an inclusive and diverse community. Members of the SMC community are its faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, as well as customers and visitors to SMC. Everyone at Santa Monica College has the right to experience an environment free from discrimination and harassment. SMC prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment in any of its programs, services and activities, and will not tolerate such behavior.

See Board Policies (BP):

See Administrative Regulations (AR):

California Department of Education logoWhat is Title 5?

Under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Education, California law regulating nondiscrimination in California community colleges is found in the California Code of Regulations which has a section or title known as Title 5 - specifically, "California Code of Regulations, Division 6, Title 5: Subchapter 5. Nondiscrimination in Programs Receiving State Financial Assistance Through the Chancellor or Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges" The purpose of Title 5 is to implement the regulations covering the District's compliance and enforcement provisions covering unlawful discrimination, including the submission of complaints, investigation of complaints, decisions, and the appeal process. District staff, faculty, and students are protected from unlawful discrimination under Title 5.

Section 59300: Purpose.

"The purpose of this subchapter is to implement the provisions of California Government Code sections 11135 - 11139.5, the Sex Equity in Education Act (Ed. Code, Secion 66250 et seq.), Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. Section 1681), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Section 794), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Section 12100 et seq.) and the Age Discrimination Act (42 U.S.C. Section 6101), to the end that no person in the State of California shall, in whole or in part, on the basis of ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, be unlawfully denied full and equal access to the benefits of, or be unlawfully subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that is administered by, funded directly by, or that receives any financial assistance from, the Chancellor orBoard of Governors of the California Community Colleges."

What is Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment?

Unlawful discrimination is conduct that denies or limits a person's full and equal access to participate in, or benefit from education and/or employment programs, services, or activities because of decisions made on the the basis of that person's protected status(es). Unlawful harassment is a form of discrimination; it is unwelcome conduct that is based on the protected status(es) as defined by the federal government. See Legally Protected Statuses.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It is unwelcome, unwanted verbal, non-verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It includes sexual advances and requests for sexual favors that is severe ('severity' does not depend on the number of times it happens, but on its impact and effect on the victim), or pervasive ('pervasive' does mean that it happens more than once) and creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning and work environment. The harassment behavior results in adverse learning conditions for students, or adverse employment conditions for employees.

Sexual Harassment can take many forms depending on the harasser and the nature of the harassment. Sexual harassment is about power. Both male and females can be victims or perpetrators of sexual harassment; equally, the harasser and victim can be of the same sex.

Who Can I Talk To?

Concerns regarding unlawful discrimination and/or sexual harassment may be brought to the attention of any dean, faculty member, department chair, manager, supervisor, or other individuals with supervisory or administrative responsibility. Any such individual who receives a complaint shall report the allegation to the Office of Human Resources.

Filing a Complaint

If you feel that you are a victim of discrimination or harassment, please contact the Office of Human Resources. We are here to help you.

For questions or assistance, contact:
Santa Monica College
Office of Human Resources

2714 Pico Blvd., Suite 210
Santa Monica CA 90405
Tel: 310-434-4415
Email: humanresources@smc.edu
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.