HR-17-5 Outside Avenues for Discrimination, Discriminatory or Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

Members of the college community have the legal right to pursue their complaints through external channels. Students should contact the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR has a filing deadline of 180 days from the date the complainant knew of the alleged discriminatory incident.

College employees may contact either the state Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) or the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). BOLI complaints must be filed within one year of the date the employee knew of the alleged discriminatory incident. EEOC complaints must be filed within 300 days from the alleged discriminatory act.

Also, complainants always have the right to consult a private attorney at their own expense. Under Oregon law (ORS 30.275) any person intending to file a discrimination suit against a public agency must file a notice of intent to sue within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act.