A4700 Culture of Fair Treatment


Policy Type: Administrative
Responsible: President
Related Policies: B3001, B3002,B3003, A1100, A1200, A4000, A4100, A4300, A4500
Linked Procedures: A4700.00, A4700.05, A4700.10
Related Laws: Title IV, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, VAWA, 110 ILCS 155, 740 ILCS 24
Related Standards:
HLC Criterion: 1C21C2 The institution’s processes and activities demonstrate inclusive and equitable treatment of diverse populations., 2A2A The institution establishes and follows policies and processes to ensure fair and ethical behavior on the part of its governing board, administration, faculty and staff., 3B33B3 The education offered by the institution recognizes the human and cultural diversity and provides students with growth opportunities and lifelong skills to live and work in a multicultural world., 3C13C1 The institution strives to ensure that the overall composition of its faculty and staff reflects human diversity as appropriate within its mission and for the constituencies it serves.

A4700 Culture of Fair Treatment PDF


Policy Statement

Shawnee Community College (SCC) values the pursuit of excellence in all of its programs and services.  To that end, the College is committed to ensuring every aspect of our operations, especially our learning and work environments, reflect the values of fairness, inclusiveness, equity, and mutual respect. 

In doing so, students and employees receive value when they perceive they have been treated equitably in an inclusive environment which leads to mutual understanding and respect; students and employees receive great value when they perceive their campus climate is inclusive and equitable, which often leads to a sense of belonging, improved perceptions of the campus atmosphere, and a willingness to accept intellectual challenges; finally, students receive greatest value from an equitable and inclusive learning environment where their unique learning needs and backgrounds are recognized and embraced which enables them to persist and complete their programs of study.

To those ends, the President is directed to

  • Establish, implement, and continuously improve operational practices, activities, programs, administrative policies, procedures, guidelines, and rules, designed to improve the College’s learning and work environments.
  • Ensure all operational practices, activities, programs, administrative policies, procedures, guidelines, and rules, comply with all applicable laws, including, but not limited to the Federal Civil Rights Act (Title IV, Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX); the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2006 (740 ILCS 24), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (110 ILCS 155).
  • Ensure administrative policies, operational practices, procedures, guidelines, and rules, apply to students, employees, and third-party participants who engage with the College.
  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve processes aimed at encouraging transparency and cooperation throughout the shared decision-making process.


Change Log
Date Description of Change Governance Unit
4.05.21 Initial Adoption – Non-Discrimination & Harassment Policy Board of Trustees
03.07.22 Converted to an Administrative Policy; Assigned to DEIB Board of Trustees
05.23.24 Renamed policy; updated language & made minor grammatical changes DEIB Council